Many caregivers say that a personal injury–or a family member’s health crisis—was the pivotal event that lead them to their calling. Sure, such experience counts.
But the most common thread among PTs seems their innate empathy. Like nurses, social workers, teachers and others, they’re just driven to help others. They also seem motivated by the sheer joy of being an active person, and want others to feel that exhilaration—and to get back to doing what they love.
Joan was exposed at an early age to physical therapy because her older sister was stricken with polio. It inspired her to want to work as a caregiver, to help people fully enjoy their lives, especially without pain or undue restriction. There’s the incredible satisfaction of seeing a person complete treatment and how they are changed. They started out compromised, or in pain, really suffering –then finish treatment a different person! Renewed. Restored. Whole.
Joan says that she always found the workings of the human body to be fascinating. She’s never lost that original inspiration, and has harnessed that sense of wonder, successfully treated so many patients. No surprise she’s also into gardening and environmental preservation. The passion for nurturing life, for tending to plants with skilled care, is just built-in with some of us. Making a positive change in people’s lives—giving them a chance to grow, if you will—is a special talent. And PTs like Joan just seem to have the gift.
When she’s not helping others, Joan loves hiking, and traveling. She’s also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.