A graduate of Columbia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Stephanie Belaires is grateful for the intrinsic rewards of being a caregiver. “I feel a sense of fulfillment when I hear success stories from my patients and this drives me every day to do the best I can to help them achieve their goals.”
Stephanie’s career path dovetails nicely with her outside interests, golf and travel. As you might guess, she harnesses these two passions to serve others. “Golf has definitely prepared me as I see golfers every day so it gives me a different perspective to their rehab. Travel has prepared me as well as I have met people from all different cultures and have expanded my worldview.”
Like many of her fellow practitioners, Stephanie has an athletic background, and it has enabled her to see a wide variety of sports related injuries. Plus, she has an abiding interest in human anatomy, which she studied as an undergrad at Ursinus College. It was a perfect combination to prepare for her life’s work.
Her natural empathy and reflexive loyalty (friends and family say it’s her best quality) help make her a successful healthcare professional. She has a genuine talent for connecting to her patients. Stephanie knows, intuitively and through clinical experience, that listening is all important in treatment. “I act like a sounding board to my patients. I’m always there to listen, whether it be medically related or personal. It allows me to establish a deeper relationship with patients and get on the same page as them.”
This Titleist Performance Institute Certified therapist loves playing golf and traveling. But her truest passion is obvious: “Hearing patients’ success stories and getting them back to their previous level of function!” Chances are, some of those success stories are on the links right now, feeling fit and enjoying a round of golf.