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Employee Spotlight Meet Marissa, Your Physical Therapy Aide!

Hi everyone. As many of you know, my name is Marissa Fulvi, and I am an aide at Flex Physical Therapy. After graduating from Bergen Community College with an associate’s degree in general science, I enrolled at Montclair State University to earn my bachelor’s degree in exercise science. This month, I will start filling out my applications for graduate school — due in January — to earn my degree in occupational therapy. While I wrestle with applications, I plan to work full time and save as much money as I can! When I graduated from high school, I was convinced that I wanted to pursue a degree in nursing. After chatting with multiple people about my career choice, I realized that a day in the life of a nurse doesn’t allow for the one-on-one connections I crave in a career, so I knew I needed to explore other options. I came across occupational therapy, did some research, and discovered that through a career in occupational therapy, I could help others in a medical setting while cultivating the types of relationships I wanted.

I was all over the place with my credits after feeling uncertain about nursing, so I finally chose exercise science for my major, and I was even able to obtain an internship at an occupational therapy office. Now, I am working at Flex Physical Therapy — I just celebrated my two-year anniversary — and assisting at my internship until I am accepted into graduate school! My favorite part about working at Flex Physical Therapy is the environment. We are very relaxed and friendly, and or patients know howmuch we are rooting for their recovery. Our patients see us to get better, but they also choose Flex Physical Therapy because they like our atmosphere and vibe. Our team is happy all of the time, and we all genuinely enjoy being at work. When I think about my future career, I feel excited. When I came across occupational therapy, I knew that I wanted to help people, and I wanted to have one-on-one relationships with my patients. After my initial research, I realized that therapists in the school system teach kids through techniques that feel more like games than tasks, and I really appreciated that strategy, so I wouldn’t mind working with kids for a few years. However, my ultimate goal is to work with wounded veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and being outdoors. I love summer the most, and I grew up going camping with my family almost everyweekend. I also enjoy attending concerts and hiking. As long as I am outside, I am happy!

I discovered that through a career in occupational

therapy, I could help others in a medical

settingwhile cultivating the types of relationships I wanted.

See you soon!

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