Premier Rehab PT - August 2018


4120 Heritage Trace Pkwy #220 | Keller, TX 76244 2720 Western Center Blvd. #312 | Fort Worth, TX 76131 5060 Davis Blvd. | North Richland Hills, TX 76180

816 Keller Pkwy #200 | Keller, TX 76248 1600 FM 544 #200 | The Colony, TX 75056



I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but I wasn’t sure which profession I wanted to pursue. In high school, my class became involved with a DFW hospital where we followed every discipline they offered. I was extremely inspired by the physical therapists we met and what they did. They had the ability to get patients up and going right after surgery — it was pretty amazing. Working as a Physical Therapist MY INSPIRATION

do anything to accomplishing the simple things in life, like brushing their teeth or putting their hair up into a ponytail. There are always ups and downs, but for the most part there are more ups than downs. It’s captivating to watch as the patients push through life. You see how life can evolve for each person as they struggle through their hardships. It reminds me a lot of my two girls, Adrianna and Annabel. They’re 5-year-old twins headed into kindergarten this year. Last year, they went to pre-K and now they’re taking their first steps into full-day schooling. It’ll be an interesting transition for them. Both of them are excited — they keep asking me if school is starting up tomorrow — but I don’t think they realize how different it will be just yet. They’ve always been eager to learn, so I think this next step in their lives will be good for them. For me, it’s exciting but nerve- wracking. As I watch them grow and become a little more independent, I realize that I just have to sit back and let them go through the rest of their lives. From now on, they’ll have to get up early to go to school. Later, they’ll have to do the same for work. Watching this process toward greater independence has me both excited and nervous for their futures. Seeing my kids take such a large step in their lives is similar to observing the improvements of the patients I’ve helped. They’re working toward the next thing in life, one step at a time, and I couldn’t be happier to help them reach their goals. –Candy Mercado

After high school, I attended Texas Woman’s University, which I went back to for my doctorate. I remember one of the most interesting classes I took was an anatomy class. After the semester was over, the professor asked me to be an assistant for the upcoming anatomy courses. It was an eye-opening experience that I’d never had before — working with cadavers. Who gets a chance to do that? While I was attending physical therapy school, I worked full time at a traumatic brain injury facility in Irving for about seven years. The experience, insight, and knowledge I gained there was irreplaceable. Everything goes back to getting the patient back on their feet. I learned to help people who didn’t know what they were doing, couldn’t talk, or didn’t remember much about their personal lives. It was fascinating to see the transformation — the patients would go through months of therapy, and at the end of it all, they went back to an almost normal life. I started working at Premier Rehab as an intern with Kelly as my C.I. It just so happened that on the second day of my internship, I learned Kelly was opening her second location. Once I

finished interning there, I was done with school and getting ready to take the board, and I knew Kelly needed someone to help her at the second location. I had enjoyed interning with her and Premier Rehab so much that I suggested I could work for her at the second location. I got the position in August of 2006, and I’ve been here ever since.

I’m the clinic director for the Heritage Trace location. I work close to 40 hours with patients on top of my other duties, and those hours are ones that I treasure. Every day is different. There are patients who come in with pain, and there are patients who come in right after surgery and can’t do much for themselves. I watch these people go from not being able to



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