M3 PT - February 2019

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M3 AND ME

Despite its status as a “Hallmark holiday,” Munesha and I still like to observe Valentine’s Day. Chocolates, roses, and cards aside, it’s nice to have a day to celebrate love, our relationship, and the family we’ve built together. Sitting down to write this with Feb. 14 on the horizon, I can’t help but turn my mind back to the day Munesha and I met. As I’ve mentioned in the past, my wife and I met while studying to become physical therapists. Specifically, we were both in the same study group at USC, which was a setting that made it impossible for me not to fall for her. Here was this beautiful woman who could make our entire group of grad students laugh with a quip in the middle of explaining a complex PT concept. As if her humor and intelligence weren’t enough, I quickly learned that Munesha also had an incredible capacity for empathy. MY VALENTINE HOW MUNESHA AND I MET

I worked up the courage to ask her to dinner after a particularly long study session before a big exam. She said yes, and we went out to Saladang in Pasadena for some delicious Thai food. It must have gone well, because we went out to plenty of dates afterward, almost all centered on food. We are very blessed in this city to have so many amazing

culinary options at our fingertips. Munesha and I took full advantage of this, exploring all the flavors Los Angeles had to offer. To this day, when we can get away for a date night, we’ll go out to a restaurant. Rather than head to a theater or a club where we can’t really talk, we’ve always preferred great food and even better company.

Just as she did in that study hall all those years ago, Munesha still inspires me with the intersection of her intelligence and

“NEEDLESS TO SAY, FINDING OUT MY CRUSH HAD SUCH A BIG HEART WEIGHED PRETTY HEAVILY INTO MY DECISION TO ASK HER OUT. “

humor. Working in pediatric PT, making kids feel comfortable is a big part of the job. She manages to give her patients the care they need while making them smile. Munesha, few people would be able to balance being a therapist, a mother, and a spouse with as much grace as you have. Thanks for being an incredible friend and adventure partner these past two decades. I’m forever in awe of your compassionate, loving soul.

Most people choose to become therapists because they want to help people live better lives. Munesha, however, was one of those rare souls who was already doing that before she ever started studying PT. She’d been working with kids living with disabilities — specifically those on the autism spectrum. During this work, she saw just how much of a difference physical therapy exercises can make for these children and decided she wanted to be a part of this important profession. Needless to say, finding out my crush had such a big heart weighed pretty heavily into my decision to ask her out.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

–Dr. Raul Lona

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