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Employee Spotlight Meet Alyssa Ramos!

Hello, everyone! As many of you know, my name is Alyssa Ramos, and I am a physical therapy aide at Flex PT. This month, I am excited to share a bit about my life and my goals as a future physical therapist with you. I have been working as a physical therapy aide for five years. I graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s degree in health science studies and a minor in psychology. I am currently working toward a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Kean University, and I recently started my second year of physical therapy school. This summer, I will be in Yonkers, New York, to complete my full-time clinical affiliation. During high school, I had a job as an EMT in my hometown. Though I was only 16 at the time, both of my parents had worked as EMTs at that age, and I knew it was a great opportunity to get my foot in the medical field door. I have always loved physical fitness, and I take good care of my body, so I knew I wanted to pursue a career where I could combine medicine and physical fitness. I decided to declare an athletic training major when I enrolled in college. already completed a physical therapy clinical, and I assumed that the fields were essentially the same. I was wrong. I found that physical therapy is much more fast-paced than athletic training, which is something I needed out of a career. I realized that as an athletic trainer, I had to wait for athletes to get hurt before I had a patient to treat. On the other hand, physical therapists have more consistent After two years of athletic training, I began to start my athletic training clinicals. I had

interactions with patients, enabling them to

develop deeper relationships with the people they serve. This was important to me, so I knew I needed to make the switch.

After I graduate physical therapy school, I will enter the workforce, and I hope to stay local. Preferably, I would love to work with an outpatient geriatric population, like I have had the pleasure of working with at Flex PT. My favorite part about being a physical therapist aide — and eventually a physical therapist — is the clientele. I love going to a job where I can build relationships with my patients. Dr. Lagonigro books only a few patients in each time slot, which allows me to spend quality time with each one of the patients. Physical therapy is about building rapport and helping your patients get better. When you’re given a lot of time to spend with each patient, they trust you more. You are able to learn about them and grow alongside them. In the future, I hope to work with my patients as much as I can. Ultimately, I would love to manage a clinic and play a role in administration. Maybe I will even teach someday! Above all, I am looking forward to working hands-on with my patients, and my clinical affiliation this summer is a great start.

When you’re given a lot of time to spend with each patient, they trust you more. You are able to learn about them and grow alongside them.

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