North County Water & Sports Therapy Center January 2020


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Who knew that National Hobby Month is a thing that actually exists? And who knew that it happens to occur during the month of January? I think it’s great to have an entire month dedicated to the celebration of the hobbies that make us happy. But even more so, I think it’s crucial to recognize just how important having a hobby or two can be when other responsibilities in our lives feel like they’re taking over. My first passionate hobby is cooking. Working in physical therapy allows me to get creative on a specific scale because sometimes we have to think outside the box with a patient’s treatment plan. But when it comes to cooking, my creativity gets to explode with near-limitless possibilities, and that’s what always draws me back to it. That, and the fact that my husband and I are huge foodies. Most of you are probably well aware of this based on the content of this newsletter alone. (This month’s Page 4 article is more proof.) Cooking is a natural hobby that goes hand in hand with our food passion, and I love cooking food as much as I love eating it. At this time of year, my favorite thing to make is soup. There’s something satisfying about coming home after a long day to a piping hot bowl of vibrant flavors that come together in the perfect bite to warm you from the inside out. The magic in knowing you created that sense of bliss is satisfying beyond belief. My second hobby is traveling. In some ways, I find this hobby even more meaningful than cooking because of the important insight it instills in me. Traveling the world gives me perspective on different cultures and different people, and this is immensely helpful when working with my patients. It teaches me to recognize that we’re not all cut from the same cloth, and I can gain a deeper understanding of the variance that exists in the world. This allows me to be more understanding, empathetic, and patient with the work I do every day. A FULL STOMACH AND AN OPEN MIND WHY MY HOBBIES ARE IMPORTANT TO ME

don’t watch the news, answer emails, or make phone calls. My husband and I always take at least one big trip every year so we can implement these practices and come back to reality with renewed vigor. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I find this especially true after traveling because I’m always excited to bring the knowledge and experience I’ve gained back to the work I love. Whether it’s hiking and snorkeling around the Galapagos Islands or eating heaps of ceviche in Machu Picchu (pro tip: guinea pig does not taste like chicken!), we always make wild memories and learn valuable perspective about our own lives in the process. This month, my husband and I will be heading to Paris. I love it there because it’s a place where my hobbies of food and travel can really come together in the grandest fashion. Even though it’s the offseason due to the less-than-favorable weather at this time of year, I know we’ll still be completely captivated by the inspirational history and culture of the city, and we’ll indulge in its nearly endless extravagant food options until we’re bursting at the seams. I can think of no two better hobbies to have, and I’m so thankful for the brightness they bring to my life.

–Beth Scalone

Stepping away from work also allows me to reboot myself. Unless I’m on a trip for business or education, I make a point to unplug from the world. I

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ORGANIZE YOUR FILES Naming and arranging the files on your computer in such a way that they’re easy for you to find can end up saving you a lot of time. Declutter your workspace by creating one file for pictures, one for Word documents, one for spreadsheets, and one for programs to eliminate the hassle of frantically searching for the files you need. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER Be sure to back up your computer before you start deleting things. This acts as a safety net in case you delete something you didn’t mean to. Additionally, consider installing a second hard drive. The extra space can help with storing important files without having to worry about how much room is left. CLEAN UP SPACE Any files you’ll never use again should be deleted. Likewise, any programs you haven’t used in a while should be uninstalled. Check your hard drive for files that might be taking up unintended space on your computer. And remember to empty the recycling bin — it’s easy to forget just how much goes in there.

Everyone relies on technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, and phones are staples of modern life. However, it’s easy for these devices to become cluttered with old photos, files, and general disorganization. Luckily, January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month and an excellent time to get your technology in order. START BY DUSTING Over time, computer towers can become clogged with dust, which creates additional, unwanted heat within your computer. Regular cleanings will increase the lifespan of your computer and protect its essential components. Compressed air is great for removing most of the dust and other particulates. If the fans or filters are too dirty, you can remove them from the tower to clean them better. If you use water or liquid cleaning products on them, be sure they are completely dry before placing them back into your computer.



We’re thrilled to welcome Adrianne Sotelo to the North County Water and Sports Therapy Center team! As a fresh face greeting our patients at the front desk since early December 2019, Adrianne is already bringing smiles to everyone she meets. She’s quickly embodied the important first step we always try to instill in our patients: a positive attitude. It was a personal experience at home that inspired Adrianne to pursue her interest in the medical field. When her mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, Adrianne met dozens of wonderful medical professionals that helped her entire family wade through an immensely difficult time. It was their conduct throughout the entire process that inspired Adrianne to explore the medical world more deeply in order to help patients and families during their own times of need. She received her certification as a medical assistant through CalRegional and went on to work with Valley Family Care Medical Group for three years as a medical assistant and receptionist. It’s her variety of experiences and relationships with the medical world that brought Adrianne to our door, and we’re lucky to have her because of the perspective she brings to our practice. She’s been a patient, been the family of a patient, been educated in the field, and has experienced multiple roles in the workforce over the

course of several years. North County is always excited to welcome team members who understand the importance of perspective and experience in what we do. Adrianne is simultaneously working toward a double degree in health science in professional development and advanced patient care. It’s the combined workflow of both medical care and patient interaction that really makes her excited about this field, and she is already so great in her role.

When she’s not working, Adrianne and her husband take their young son out to explore Ramona, where they’ve recently moved. She’s especially thankful for her husband’s adamant passion for hiking the many trails the area has to offer because these hikes give her a chance to spend quality time with her family and explore the place they call home.

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What do you do when life feels insurmountable? For Dani Burt, it wasn’t easy, but the answer was simple: Find a way to heal.

Dani Burt is a surfing champion. This is made more exceptional once you find out Dani was in a serious motorcycle accident 15 years ago that left her in a medically induced coma for 45 days. To save her life, doctors had to remove her right leg below the knee. As you can imagine, waking up to find out her leg was gone was devastating for Dani. The rest of her injuries were also extensive: She could barely move in bed and couldn’t go to the bathroom by herself. She struggled to deal with the pain without medication. Fortunately, she found physical therapy, and it gave her a new lease on life. “Before my accident, I had no idea what physical therapy was until I got a whole bunch of it,” Dani says. “What was really impressive was the fact that I was getting independent again, and I could see this progress.” Through an opportunity to heal at Sharp Memorial Rehab and a community reentry program, Dani began to reclaim her life. “There were ups and downs,” Dani says of the process. Still, she stuck with it, and she not only healed but also began to thrive. She turned to surfing, a completely new sport that allowed her to explore her new reality. “It

drastically improved my strength, endurance, and balance,” Dani says. “It gave me a tremendous amount of confidence and trust in my prosthetic leg.”

Inspired by her experiences, Dani became a physical therapist and now helps others find the healing that PT gave her. “The reality is, we’re all healthier and happier when we move,” she says. “If you want to do something, you need to figure out a way to do it,” she advises. Physical therapy is often a safer, more effective, and more affordable option than surgery or medication. Like Dani, those who go into the profession are caring, knowledgeable individuals who want to help their patients get back to living their best life. For anyone experiencing pain or going through the recovery process after an injury, physical therapy can help.



Cabbage is in season right now, which means it’s the perfect time to try your hand at making

sauerkraut. The fermented cabbage requires only two ingredients, keeps for months, and is packed with beneficial probiotics.



1. Remove outer leaves from cabbage. Slice very thinly. 2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and salt. Let stand for 20 minutes. 3. Squeeze cabbage to release juices. Let the cabbage continue to soak and release juices for another 20 minutes. 4. Transfer to a jar and press down cabbage until completely submerged in its juices. Weigh down cabbage. 5. Seal jar with airlock. Let cabbage sit at room temperature and away from sunlight for one month. Once fermented, transfer to the fridge. Sauerkraut will keep for six months to one year.

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2 lbs cabbage

4 tsp fine sea salt


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Lid with airlock

Something to weigh down cabbage, ideally made of a nonreactive material like glass

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Embracing National Hobby Month


Enter 2020 With an Organized Computer

Spotlight on Adrianne Sotelo


The Life-Changing Power of Physical Therapy

How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut


San Diego’s Newest Restaurants


SUNNYBOY BISCUIT COMPANY Coming to the border of North Park and Hillcrest, this Southern comfort food eatery is all about biscuits. Owner and chef Gabriel Ferguson’s love for Southern specialties came from working in his grandmother’s restaurant in Washington, and his biscuit recipes are partly inspired by the Washington State Fair’s famous Fisher Scones. Ferguson serves them up solo or as the base of breakfast sandwiches, sloppy Joes, and his “pig in a biscuit.” The menu will include other Southern favorites like mac and cheese and an array of desserts like shortcakes and pies. But, you’ll have to wait until they open in November to feel the Southern comfort. DINNER WITH A VIEW This swanky pop-up restaurant will be making its U.S. debut in Liberty Station’s Central Promenade starting in early February. It’s an outdoor space filled with 33 geodesic domes that seat the

We’re truly fortunate to live in a city with a thriving culture that seems to reveal a new dining experience every other day. These are some of the newest restaurants hitting our streets in 2020 that are already abuzz with hype. Make your reservations early! BUONA FORCHETTA Already a standout thanks to a custom mural painted by local artist Stacey Uy, the newest Buona Forchetta restaurant is set to open early this year. Dubbed “Matteo” after its founder, it’s an all-day nonprofit eatery located at the corner of Juniper and 30th Street in South Park. They’ll start off mornings with American breakfasts and homemade Italian pastries. For lunch and dinner, they’ll offer up tapas and Italian wines, which you can supplement in the restaurant’s market by purchasing pasta and sauces to go. Matteo will donate all proceeds to local San Diego causes and organizations.

diners. They are uniquely outfitted with an array of lights, textiles, and plants inspired by different regions of the earth, so each terrarium transforms into a distinct terrain. The head chef is yet to be announced, but the three-course blind dinner menu using fresh local ingredients is sure to please. If not, the atmosphere alone is enough to make this pop-up a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 4

When the calendar year comes to a close, we often find ourselves depleted from the holidays and the end-of-year rush. It’s no wonder the three most common resolutions are to eat healthy, lose weight, and exercise regularly. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, of the 41% of Americans who make resolutions each year, just 9.2% successfully achieve their objectives. Don’t become a statistic! Make exercise a regular habit by enlisting help. Consider recruiting an exercise buddy (to hold you accountable), using a calendar app to schedule workouts (to dedicate time), or consulting a health care professional (to supervise your journey). One rule of thumb is to start slow, especially if you haven’t been active for some time. Then, you can mix it up by engaging in multiple activities rather than focusing on just one. Many injuries occur because of the repetitive stress of participating in only one activity. Physical therapy is a great resource for those interested in beginning a new exercise program or overcoming a nagging injury. Rehab professionals are trained to assess limitations and dysfunction, teach proper body mechanics, and prevent and treat injuries. If you’re experiencing pain, inflammation, or weakness, make an appointment with a physical therapist. A movement specialist can teach you how to modify your behavior to distribute stress to different parts of the body so you can achieve a more efficient workout. Your physical therapist can work with you to discover the perfect fitness program so there will be no excuses to not make this your most fit year yet! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR 2020 FITNESS GOALS READY, SET, REFRESH!


Being proactive and seeking the advice of your physical therapist can help you stay more physically active and possibly prevent chronic painful conditions from impacting your life.


Want to kick-start a fitness program or regular exercise?

Need to walk miles around Europe on a family trip?

Want to improve your golf or tennis game?

Want to get outside and hike local trails?

Whatever your goal is, we can help!

Want to keep up with the kids or grandkids?

In appreciation of your trust in us, we’re offering past patients the annual physical therapy exam at 50% off.

Offer is good until Feb. 15, so call today!

Call (858) 675-1133 to find out more.

Let us provide the tools and support you need to flourish in 2020.

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