Fyzical Jacksonville September 2019

F Y Z I C A L THERAPY M O N T H L Y 904-223-2363

SEPTEMBER 2019

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MY PHYSICAL THERAPY JOURNEY WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM BRAZIL TO JACKSONVILLE

My physical therapy journey has been an interesting one to say the least. From Brazil to the U.S., I’ve learned a lot, and it's given me quite the unique perspective on how we can best serve our clients. I was born and raised in Brazil where my interests in biology and the medical field were fostered by my mom. I even took biology classes while I was still in Brazil. The subject fascinated me much more than any of the other classes I had to take during high school, like history or English. I loved figuring out how things worked. My mom was a biologist, so when I had any questions, she was happy to help. My mom and I remain close, and to this day, we often discuss biology and what's going in her field. My dad was in business administration, which seemed like a lot of paperwork, so naturally, I wanted to follow in my mom's footsteps. While I wanted to go into the biology field, I also wanted to help people. I hoped to work closely with others and improve their lives in a real, personal way. I found my passion in the medical

field and completed my undergraduate degree in physical therapy in Brazil in 2007. While I enjoyed studying and practicing in a field I was so passionate about, I felt stagnant. Around the same time, my uncle from the U.S. was visiting my family. I explained to him how I was feeling about my career, and he offered to let me stay with him in Florida until I figured out what I wanted to do. I lived in a big city in Brazil, but even at 24, I experienced some culture shock when moving to the states. Everyone in the U.S. is nice, but the primary difference is how they handle personal space. It's very common to hug and kiss when greeting people in Brazil. You can’t imagine the look on some people's faces when I would do this when I first came to the states! To better articulate in English, I took a class at UNF for a year. While there, I also completed my prerequisite courses so I could get my doctorate in physical therapy to become licensed to practice physical therapy in the U.S. In 2016, I graduated from the University of St. Augustine with my doctorate in physical therapy. While I was at the University of St. Augustine, I did my internship here at Fyzical Jacksonville where I worked under Joanna. During my internship at Fyzical, I learned and continued to develop my passion for helping people through physical therapy. My time at Fyzical

was not only enjoyable, but Joanna was also so helpful at discussing new cases and teaching me about the finer techniques. I learned so much from Joanna, and I still do to this day. I’ve been in physical therapy for 12 years and practicing here at Fyzical for over two years now, and I still get so much joy out of helping our clients. A lot of people don’t understand why they’re in so much pain or how it happened. When I’m able to educate them on why they are hurting and what we’re going to do to help, it makes a world of difference. When I’m not helping patients at the clinic, I spend my free time at the beach. I love going biking along the trails, paddle boarding, or enjoying one of the many restaurants and bars. So, the next time you stop by the clinic, give me your best restaurant recommendation or your favorite hobby to enjoy at the beach. I’m always looking for new fun things to do in the area.

FREE BALANCE WORKSHOP

Date: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: 4776 Hodges Blvd., Ste. 101 Jacksonville, FL 32224

Call or email to register: 904-223-2363 | JaxPT@Fyzical.com

-Dr. Luize Rossanez

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