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WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP
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PHYSICAL THERAPY WASN’T ALWAYS ON MY RADAR
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This may surprise some readers, but when I was growing up, becoming a physical therapist wasn’t something I ever considered. I still wanted to help heal those in need, but I had my sights set on working with patients that were a little furrier. You see, I grew up wanting to be a vet. From the time I was old enough to take orders, |I’d spend my summers at a veterinary hospital in Pennsylvania. My uncle was the owner and lead veterinarian, so I had the opportunity to learn from the best. Seeing him save a pet’s life through surgery was awe inspiring as was the gratitude of the families reunited with their beloved animal. I knew I wanted to help families the way my uncle did. Now, some of you may be squeamish at the thought of being a young adult witnessing surgeries — on animals or otherwise — but to me, that was my world. From a young age, I’d always been interested in medicine, anatomy, and health care in general. Those summers with my uncle were chances to see so many of the concepts I’d read about put into action as well as a chance to see the good they could do. So, naturally, when I got the chance to take an anatomy class in my junior year of high school, I jumped at it. At the time, I thought it would give me more knowledge for my path to becoming a veterinarian. But that’s when my teacher gave a lecture on sports science and physical therapy.
A whole new world opened up to me over the course of one lecture. Physical therapy hadn’t even been on my radar as a possible career, but there it was, and it fit my life so well. At the time, I was a powerlifter and always enjoyed sports. This was the perfect way to combine my love of athletics with my academic passion for anatomy. After class, I talked to the professor about what I needed to do to become a therapist myself. Just like that, my plans shifted. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing; after all, I still get to help those in need. But while I didn’t follow my uncle into veterinary care, I still learned a lot of useful skills from all those summers at the hospital. My uncle’s caring nature, his sharp eyes, and the dignity and respect with which he treated families — these are all things I’ve strived to carry forward from his tutelage. Of course, if you ask me now what I want to do after I “grow up,” I’ll admit I wouldn’t mind teaching anatomy. The science has helped me so much during my life, both in sports and in medicine, so I would jump at the chance to share that gift with the next generation of caregivers. That said, my work here at Cornerstone gives me the opportunity to help my patients better understand their own bodies and how to take care of them. So, I guess I really am getting the best of both worlds right where I am. –David DeLaFuente
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