Elite Physical Therapy - October 2017

October 2017

ELITE (318) 443-3311


Physical Therapy Lagniappe Meet the Elite Members of Our Team

A Passion for People

This month, we dedicate our newsletter to the hardworking, caring physical therapist’s assistants (PTAs) who are essential to our work at Elite: Brandi Thiels, Carol Vercher, and Jayme Perkins have a passion for people — both the team they work with at Elite and the patients they work with every day. Brandi started with us as a physical therapy tech while she was in college, and her goal was always to become a PTA. She calls it “the best move I have ever made.” Her favorite part of the job? “I love the life stories. I like really getting to know all about the patient — what they have been through and what they have overcome.” Speaking of her work in physical therapy, Brandi says, “I find that, at times, I have been offered more than I feel I have given and feel blessed because of it.” Brandi says, “The Elite PT team is like a family. This closeness and loyalty that we have with each other creates such a peaceful and calming atmosphere, which is what most of our patients need to feel when they are hurting or discouraged about their current situation.” When she isn’t working, Brandi is grateful to spend time with her close-knit family. She stays busy with two beautiful, rambunctious boys, and she says, “I have a lot of things I enjoy, but my role in my family is what I love to do best.”

After deciding that PTA was the job for her, Carol has discovered the same passion for her patients. She finds the most rewarding part of being a PTA is “helping people get back to doing the things that are important to them.” She understands that people come to the physical therapist at a difficult time in their lives, and she finds it fulfilling to assist

Jayme knew in high school that she wanted to be in a profession where she could help others, so starting at Elite as a physical therapy tech was a natural fit. Her first patient confirmed she was in the right field. “Watching the success of that patient as she was restored to health — where she was able to walk again and care for young children

and get back to doing what she loved — was very inspiring. Seeing the excitement and joy on her face when she reached that goal was just something I knew I wanted to see again and again.” Away from the office, Jayme loves to spend time with her family, which includes her husband and 21-month-old baby girl. She loves fishing, hunting, and running when her busy schedule affords her those opportunities. From my perspective, these three special professionals are tireless, efficient, focused, and caring — truly

them in their recovery. As a PTA, Carol says she has “found my calling.” She says the Elite team members “all bring something different to the table, but our main goal is to make things better for our patients.” Carol enjoys spending time with her family when she’s not at Elite. Being recent empty- nesters, she and her husband are enjoying getting back into outdoor activities, like gardening, fishing, and biking.

all of the qualities that you hope for in this position. They are dedicated to what they do, and our workplace would not be the same without them. From the entire Elite PT team, be well and have a wonderful month. -Bart Jones Elite PT • (318) 443-3311 • 1


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