Focus PT - October/November 2019

Meet Olita Lace

PT With a Lifetime of Learning

More often than not, student-athletes either grow up to be history teachers and coach their former sport or they become physical therapists. Olita Lace is the latter. The newest physical therapist to join the Focus Physical Therapy community, Olita was born in Latvia, a small country in northern Europe. She grew up participating in many different sports, including cross-country running, cross-country skiing, and track and field. From an early age, Olita was interested in how the human body works. She graduated with her bachelor’s from the Latvian Academy of Sport Education before moving to the United States. After moving, Olita spent a number of years raising her daughter at home. Recently, as her daughter prepared for high school, Olita decided to pursue her longtime dream of becoming a physical therapist. “I like to know and learn more,” Olita says. “As an athlete, I know there are a lot of ways people can get injured, from not stretching to overtraining. I went into physical therapy to

learn how to help people with their injuries and get them back to wherever they were before.”

Olita graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Loma Linda University, my alma mater. She joined us this past June and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our team!

“I’m fresh out of school, just starting out, so things are a little nerve-wracking,” Olita admitted.

While she’s still getting the practical experience of being a physical therapist, Olita joins the team with all the latest research and knowledge being taught to physical therapists today. She also comes with a passion to learn. “I’ve always been the kind of person to study hard and try to find the solution to a problem,” Olita says. “I like to help people, and I got into physical therapy to help my patients improve their quality of life. Many things come with experiance, so I’m excited to be working alongside so many experienced physical therapists. Julian is a great boss and mentor. I look forward to helping my patients, learning more, and growing in my profession.” When Olita isn’t working with her patients at the clinic, she’s spending time with her husband, her 16-year-old daughter, and their Labrador, Lily. Olita still enjoys running and has incorporated riding her road bike and doing yoga into her fitness routine.

We’re thrilled to have Olita as part of the Focus PT community. She’s excited to learn, and we know she’s going to have a lot to teach us, too.



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