Peak Performance Sports & Spine September 2019





I’ve always been the type of person who enjoys being active and spending time with other people since I was a kid. I knew I wanted my career to fit in with the enjoyment I got from having an active lifestyle, but I also wanted to help others do the same. Originally, when I came out of high school, I didn’t have any plans to pursue a college degree. After working for several years, I had a change of heart and started attending college to receive a degree as an X-ray technician, but it didn’t feel quite right. The job didn’t have as much interaction with people as I wanted, and it just didn’t quite meet the expectations of what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, my best option at the time was to continue earning my undergraduate degree and go back to the drawing board. While working on my undergraduate degree, I sought out job-shadowing opportunities to see what would be the best fit. Through one of my family member's recommendations, I started looking into becoming a physical therapist. During my time shadowing, I was able to see what physical therapists do, and more importantly, the impact they can have on people's lives. I found it exciting to see and hear how people were working hard and overcoming

relatively low points in their lives to achieve their goals and return to their desired activities. Following that first week, I knew being a physical therapist was the career I had been searching for. I started looking more seriously into what I would need to do to become a certified and dedicated physical therapist. Following completion of my undergraduate degree at Central Washington University, I knew I needed to seek additional opportunities to prepare for physical therapy school. Fortunately, I was able to meet Greg and the team, and things could not have worked out better since. I had the opportunity to work as an aide at Peak Performance for a year and a half in preparation for physical therapy school. During that time, I was able to see firsthand the hard work, care, and dedication required to be a successful physical therapist. Nothing else could have better prepared me for the transition to attending physical therapy school at Elon University than my time here with the team at Peak Performance. During physical therapy school, I stayed in contact with Greg and the team, and I feel very fortunate to have been provided the opportunity to transition directly from my final internship at Wake Forest Baptist

University sports medicine to working here as a physical therapist serving the people of Yakima Valley. The best part of what I get to do is help people achieve their goals. I often tell my patients, “Your goals are my goals.” Most people who come into physical therapy are a little bummed out about being injured or are suffering from chronic pain. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to help them figure out what they want to work toward, so I do all I can to help them achieve it. It’s very rewarding to see my patients turn the corner, overcome obstacles, and, ultimately, be successful. I’m working to help my patients realize their potential, and I’m trying to guide them through the best methods to attain it. Becoming a physical therapist has been a great opportunity for me to be that facilitator and support people who need help getting where they want to be.

–Kody Brandt

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