www.GilbertPT.com July 2018
TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT The Gilbert Gazette Meet Our Newest Physical Therapist, Dr. Abbey McMillen, DPT!
W hen I was a junior in high school, I felt the pressure of choosing what to do after graduation. For me, college was the answer, but choosing a major was daunting. I had always been drawn to medicine and enjoyed science classes, but the medical field was broad, and I wanted to narrow down my options before I entered my senior year. After thinking about what was really important to me, I realized that above all else, I was passionate about the healing and rehabilitation process. After tearing my ACL, I had knee surgery and physical therapy, so I had already been on the receiving end. After some consideration, I knew that I wanted to help people through physical therapy the same way my therapist had helped me. So I began to look at programs in the area. Once I graduated from high school, I enrolled in a six-year physical therapy program at Lebanon Valley College. I completed three years of my undergraduate degree, then immediately began three years of my doctoral degree. When the time finally came for me to start clinical rotations, I was excited and relieved. I had spent years studying and learning new material, and now I was finally going to put my education to practice. As a student, I was most interested in manual therapy, so I took time to research clinics in the area that specialized in manual and spinal therapy. Once I found Gilbert Physical Therapy, I put in a request. Thankfully, I was placed exactly where I wanted to be.
will have in the future. Right now, I am fascinated by prenatal and postnatal physical therapy. I am looking forward to learning how to treat pregnancy-related back pain, and I am excited to continue my education on the subject. I also can’t wait to learn from the best physical therapists around. When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my parents, brother, and sister, and of course my dog, Cusco. I enjoy being outside, hiking, biking, swimming, and taking Cusco on walks — he’s a bull mastiff, so our walks are an arm and leg workout. I also enjoy
Now that I’ve completed all of my clinical hours and earned my doctoral degree, I am proud to say that I am the newest therapist at Gilbert Physical Therapy! I was hired officially at the end of May, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I love the atmosphere of our clinic, I love our team, and I love our patients. There’s no place I’d rather be!
playing games; anyone in my family will tell you that I’m competitive by nature. I also play a few musical instruments in my free time. I am so excited to start my career at Gilbert Physical Therapy, and I am looking forward to getting to know my patients and starting them on the path to recovery. I love meeting new people, so don’t be afraid to say hi and chat me up the next time you’re in the clinic.
NOW THAT I’VE COMPLETED ALL OF MY CLINICAL HOURS
I hope you had a great Independence Day. See you soon!
AND EARNED MY DOCTORAL DEGREE, I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I AM THE NEWEST THERAPIST AT GILBERT PHYSICAL THERAPY!
–Dr. Abbey McMillen, DPT
I know that my career has only just begun, but I am so excited about the opportunities I
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