Gilbert PT - November 2019


November 2019

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The first time I ever considered a career in physical therapy, I was a junior in high school. Unsure which I subjects I wanted to study in college, I took a career exploration class. Based on the results of the personality tests, combined with my own personal interests in science and sports, physical therapy kept coming up. I did a few observations and was definitely interested in the field, but it wasn’t until the following year that I decided to commit wholeheartedly. Near the beginning of my senior year, my best friend suffered an injury playing soccer that left him with a broken fibula and tibia. I watched as he progressed through the stages of this severe injury. After undergoing surgery, he had to wear a boot and use crutches to get around. He spent hours in physical therapy to ensure he could resume the life he had prior to his accident. I remember watching him walk out on the field to be honored on senior night, and, in that moment, I knew I wanted to be the person who helps people like my friend, the physical therapist who gets them walking again.

Shortly afterward, I started school at Lebanon Valley College and spent the next six years working toward my DPT. Lebanon Valley is known for having a tough curriculum, but all the hours I spent pouring over my chemistry and biology textbooks led to my true interest in diagnosing musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries and abnormalities, and coming up with treatment plans to help patients get out of pain and back to the activities they love. One of my first experiences utilizing my education occurred while I was still in school. I drove home to visit my mom in Hummelstown over winter break, and, when I got there, she told me she’d had a bad fall out on the ice. She didn’t think much of the fall at first, but, when the pain refused to subside after a couple months, she decided to let me take a look at it. From what I’d learned in my musculoskeletal classes regarding injury diagnosis, I hypothesized that she had a torn rotator cuff. I encouraged her to visit a licensed physical therapist, and they confirmed my diagnosis. It was reassuring to know she was going to be okay and that I had chosen the right career path for my life. Before I’d even graduated from school, I had my sights set on working at Gilbert Physical Therapy. I joined the team in June and couldn’t have imagined a better office, team, or group of patients to spend my days with. In just a few short months, I’ve forged great relationships with the other physical therapists here, and I’ve met and helped patients get through their

healing process. It’s a challenging job, but I look forward to it each day.

When I’m not staying busy in the office, you can find me playing soccer or lacrosse in local sports leagues or kicking back and watching as many football games as I can — both European and American! If you’re ever in the office and want to talk about the Steelers or Chelsea F.C., I’m your guy!

“I remember watching himwalk out on the field to be honored on senior night, and, in that moment, I knew I wanted to be the person who helps people like my friend, the physical therapist who gets themwalking again.”

–Jeremy Beaver, DPT | 1

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