ApexNetwork PT September 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

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FROM CHRONIC SPORTS INJURIES TO PHYSICAL THERAPY MY PHYSICAL THERAPY JOURNEY

I was born and raised right here in Mascoutah. I love the community, and with the Air Force base so close, there’s always an opportunity to meet new and exciting people! Through keeping busy with sports in high school and from my dad's experiences Due to participating in competitive sports growing up, I was in and out of physical therapy for chronic ankle sprains. I went to Mascoutah High School, where I played a variety of sports, including softball, basketball, and volleyball. Through my injuries and those of my peers, I saw the impact the medical field had on our community. So, after finishing high school, I started as a pre-med major at Maryville University. It wasn't until my sophomore year that I made the change to physical therapy. My dad spent time doing post-injury care, taping and monitoring athletes, as a coach for my softball and basketball teams in high school. But it wasn’t just the players who needed to recover; my dad had four knee surgeries of his own to worry about. Knowing what Dad went through, I was able to see just how impactful physical therapy is not only for healing sports injuries but also for the recovery process outside of organized athletics. with injuries, I saw the power of physical therapy early on in life.

I've worked in a variety of therapy practices from my college career onward, which has given me a wealth of experience and skills to utilize. During college, I worked as a physical therapy tech at Fenton Physical Therapy in Saint Louis. I learned a lot during my time there, but one of my primary takeaways was how to multitask in a busy work environment. I gained clinic experience in a variety of areas, including acute ICU and NICU while at Missouri Baptist Hospital and inpatient rehabilitations with specialization in spinal cord injuries at St. John’s Mercy Hospital. This role was very intensive and extremely educational, as well. I worked with patients on improving their mobility so they could perform tasks many of us commonly take for granted. Not only was I teaching patients stretches and exercises, but hopefully I was improving their quality of life. Illinois, with the Orthopedic and Sports Enhancement Center. I was able to work alongside physical therapists, Illinois State University athletic trainers, and orthopedic surgeons directing care for post- operative and sport-specific injuries. Additional clinical experience I received was working in Bloomington,

and I get to know our patients on a personal level. It means that much more to me when I see them progress session after session! I've had the opportunity to treat patients with a variety of issues, including neurological disorders, but we primarily treat orthopedic injuries in the clinic. Due to my training, I feel confident treating a diverse group of patients, and we have seen patients from 6 months to 90-plus years old. daughter and one son. My 3-year-old daughter participates in gymnastics, and my 6-year-old son stays active and is eager to start wrestling. When I'm not cheering them on, we love to go fishing or boating to relax. So next time you're at the clinic, tell me about your kids’ favorite hobbies! Mine love staying active, so I'm always looking for pastimes to keep them busy. When I'm not having fun at work, my kids keep me busy. I have one

–Kerri Anstedt

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