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MY JOURNEY FROM FIGURE SKATER TO PHYSICAL THERAPIST
My physical therapy journey starts not far from our offices here at Achieve Physical Therapy. I grew up one town over in Littleton, a lovely, quiet, family-oriented town. I was a competitive figure skater throughout high school, and my off- ice coach, who was also a physical therapist, worked with me on injury prevention. At the time, I was taking an anatomy class and found I had a real interest in how the body works and thought it might be something to pursue in college. During my freshman year at Northeastern University in Boston, I didn’t declare a major. I knew I wanted to help people, and I had an interest in anatomy, but I didn’t know how to connect the two. I initially thought about premed as a major, but I was still unsure until I reached out to my old coach. She told me a lot about physical therapy and how rewarding it was, and, by the end of my second semester, I declared myself a physical therapy major. I learned a lot through my two co- ops and three internships during PT school. They helped me see the importance of connecting with my
patients and understanding their goals for themselves. I was also exposed to many different types of treatment approaches and patient populations. My last internship was in an extremely active part of the country, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and it made me realize I wanted to help people get back to their recreational activities and live full lives again. I also wanted to work in a place where employees valued going the extra mile, focusing on the people, and pursuing excellence, and I found just the spot at Achieve Physical Therapy. I have been here nine years now, and I love it. I love our community. Our patients care about themselves and are very health-conscious. When they come into the clinic, they are dedicated to reducing their pain and getting back to the recreational sports they love. I get to see a wide range of patients, including pediatric athletes trying to get back to school sports and 40–60-year-old golfers, tennis players, skiers, and bicyclists who want to lead a healthy lifestyle. To make sure we’re doing our best to get them back to the activities
they love, we focus on the patient’s specific goals for themselves and look at how the entire body works together with functional tasks. Whenever I'm not at the office, I usually spend my time outdoors with my children! They love to climb on playgrounds, ride bikes, and spend time at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. My husband and I know how important it is to maintain our health to keep up with them, so we workout together and encourage a healthy lifestyle. So, next time you're in the clinic, tell me about some of your family’s favorite outdoor hobbies! We're always looking for new fun things to do with the kids to keep them active!
– Kathy Monterio
Experience the Difference at Achieve.
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