Many people think working as a physical therapist is more of a “calling” than a profession. And many are called early. Take Jeff Douglas for instance.
He knew since 9th grade that he wanted to pursue his passion and become a caregiver. He earned his undergraduate degree as a Certified Athletic Trainer so he could work directly with patients sooner. It improved his hands-on skills and broadened his knowledge in sports medicine/ orthopedics prior to PT school.
Like others who have heard the calling, he was first influenced by a physical therapist he met through sports. He watched this practitioner in action, and witnessed first-hand how to form a strong bond with patients. What’s more, Jeff is paying it forward. He has served as both a football coach and trainer for young athletes.
Described by family and friends as “outgoing,” he’s always on the go and happy socializing with friends, co-workers and anyone lucky enough to make his acquaintance! But Jeff remains truly committed to his work. He does enjoy a good kettlebell workout in his free time, and likes to play some golf.
He’s also known to be a creative guy in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. As you’d guess, part of his love for the culinary arts is because of the proven health benefits of smart nutrition. “Diet is 80% of the game for being healthy.”
Jeff knows the path to better nutrition—and health– is through learning. “Many individuals want to be healthy but do not have the proper education. Being a physical therapist gives me a platform to help many individuals who want to live healthier.”
We all may not hear “the calling.” But we hear you, Jeff!