ON THE TRAIL OF HEALING MY LIFE IN PT
The longing for a normal life hits close to home for me. This idea of having to work tirelessly to regain what you once had and be able to do what your peers can is very philosophical. It boils down to everyone being afforded the same chance to pursue their passions, or even just having a pain-free day. That’s why I became a physical therapist, and that’s why I wake up in the morning happy to offer my services to any client who needs me. Since childhood, I knew I wanted to be in a position to make a real difference. Today, I am confident that I am able to do just that. Our work at ApexNetwork PT is showcased through the countless clients who have walked away with a new lease on life. I became interested in this profession when I was very young. Though I decided to start pursuing a career in physical therapy in the 8th grade, I realize looking back that I had always wanted to be in the position I am today. One of the biggest catalysts for me was my younger brother. Through him and the setbacks he faced, I was able to see how much people are willing to help in this world. There are more kind-hearted people out there then we’ll ever know. As a sufferer of the extremely
rare chromosomal disorder referred to as “18q-,” his ailments mostly had to do with his mental state, although he had other mild effects that tended to nag at him as he got older. Growing up with him, I wanted to be able to offer the same type of care to someone else. If an afflicted person had to rely on somebody, I wanted them to be able to rely on me. Growing up in Bunker Hill, I have a deep-seated passion for sports that played a role in my later medical interests as well. Between softball and my love of the outdoors, I soon became no stranger to injuries. Seeing firsthand the type of wonders physical therapy could do for my injured comrades, I made the choice to pour myself into the profession and never look back. After graduating from Maryville University, I started my journey by working in outpatient and industrial rehabilitation. After two years there, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world, and I spent the next 11 years working part-time in many areas of the field. After moving to bigger and better things and taking plenty of time to raise our kids along the way, I joined the ApexNetwork PT team about five years ago. After putting the work in and serving our community, I was
promoted to regional manager about a year and a half ago.
Today, I spend my time overseeing three of our locations in Litchfield, Gillespie, and Beardstown. With our dedicated team of specialists, we’re able to bring healing to our little corner of the world. Ultimately, we’re a family here. In my office, it’s just me and my secretary, Beth Chester, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. That type of laid-back environment is sure to make any patient feel right at home compared to some of the mega-clinics out there. If you or someone you know needs a helping hand, you know where to find us. Give us a call at 217-303- 8694 or visit our website anytime at ApexNetworkPT.com. –Laura Scroggins
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