Physical Therapists are empathetic people. “Empaths” often work in the medical community. They are physicians, nurses, psychologists—and PTs, of course! After all, it would prove difficult to be a caregiver and not feel for your patient. PTs are all about feel. It’s hands-on communication and connection. Kearsten Fish knows that empathy is an integral part of successful PT, and she welcomes patients into treatment with an open heart. She knows that establishing goals with patients is important, but what she really loves is helping people achieve their goals—living pain-free, returning to full function and enjoying long term health.
Running marathons or finishing triathlons may be laudatory objectives, but getting patients back to their daily routine is a reachable—and truly heroic—goal. And Kearsten believes the most rewarding aspect of being a health provider is hearing patients say “I got back to doing the things I love.”
Since Kearsten is from Buffalo, NY she knows a thing or two about athletes who rise above adversity to get back to doing what they love. She counts Bill’s running back Thurman Thomas as her favorite athlete. He overcame an ACL tear and in in the NFL Hall of Fame.
No wonder she has a certification for Sportsmetrics ACL Prevention; that she counts running as her biggest passion outside of her role as a caregiver; that her number one piece of advice to patients is “don’t stop moving.” Thurman would be proud of her!
When she’s not out for a run– or hard at work with her Orthology teammates– Kearsten loves swimming, and hiking with her husband and dogs.