M3 PT - April 2019

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M3 AND ME

This month I want to shout out two of M3 Physical Therapy’s best and brightest. As our veteran clinic assistants, Stephanie Nava and Max Ward have been invaluable assets to our team. For over a year, these two young UCLA grads have provided expert help to our therapists, friendly faces to clients, and expert mentorship to their fellow assistants. As Stephanie and Max prepare to head off to physical therapy school, we want to share their stories with you. Having seen firsthand their compassionate approach to care, I have no doubt both of these M3 alumni will go on to be incredible therapists. M3’S STAR PUPILS STEPHANIE AND MAX ARE GOING TO GO FAR As the first in her family to attend college, Stephanie has always been passionate about giving back to her family and community. “My grandma worked hard to get the best for me,” she reflects. “She’s 75 and strong — still working as a janitor. She inspires me to work hard and help strengthen people like her even more.” With that goal in mind, Stephanie threw herself into her biology studies at UCLA, although she didn’t have a specific career in mind at first. “I knew I wanted to go into something health-related, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on,” she says. She found her answer while doing some volunteer work. “It all started when I volunteered with ACEing Autism,” Stephanie explains. “Kids with autism often have difficulty with moving and being active. I got to help them improve their range of motion through tennis and really enjoyed the experience.” Having been exposed to the power of physical therapy to positively change –Dr. Raul Lona MEET STEPHANIE NAVA

lives, Stephanie decided that this field was right for her. When it came time to get her observation hours, she gave us a call.

As a clinic, we were immediately impressed by Stephanie’s tenacity — when she experienced car trouble before her job interview with us, she called to say she was taking the bus! More than this raw

energy, however, it was Stephanie’s willingness to learn that defined her time at M3. “The most important thing I’ve learned here is the importance of finding the right exercise for the right patient,” she explains. “You have to think outside the box.”

Outside her work at the clinic, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her siblings. “They’re a big part of my life!” she explains. When she’s not playing boardgames or soccer with her brothers and sisters, Stephanie can be found doing charitable work. Every month, she heads down to Echo Park, giving her own time and money to feed people experiencing homelessness. She also volunteers through her church, providing support to young adults in juvenile detention centers. Speaking about her goals for the future, Stephanie adds, “I didn’t grow up with much — so I want to work with and help low-income communities when I become a physical therapist.” We’re lucky to have such a kind, compassionate person on our team. We’re excited for Stephanie to continue her physical therapy studies at Loma Linda University, but she will be missed!

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