Current Role Working With The Athletic Population
I work with several strength athletes who have come in with hip pain, low back pain and overhead shoulder pain. I also work with a lot of runners, baseball players and volleyball players (collegiate and high school levels) and am starting to get involved with golfers with a TPI certification seminar scheduled in August. I would say that 50% of my caseload is athletes and the rest are general orthopedics.
I believe in the biopsychosocial model and feel that you must have knowledge on all sides of the spectrum. I have taken all three levels of the McGIll courses to ensure I am an expert on the biomedical side and have taken various pain neuroscience education courses to ensure I have a full grasp of the psychcosocial side. I don’t want to have too much professional emphasis on one tool and feel you need a large tool belt to successfully treat the wide variety of patients you will have walking through your door. I allow the evidence to guide my practice and have changed my approach drastically over the years due to updated research. I will continue to change as needed and will never let my ego get in the way of growing as a clinician.
I grew up swimming and playing water polo. I played collegiate water polo at UF and continued to play and coach until I became a mom. I started running in 2012 and completed my first marathon January 2019 with another marathon coming up in October. I have always strength trained on my own but recently started Crossfit in Orlando, Florida at AFO Crossfit
Academic Background and Professional Training
I got my bachelor’s in exercise physiology and kinesiology at the university of Florida in 2007, then received my doctorate in physical therapy at Boston University in 2010. I have participated in extensive continued education courses over the years including working with the strength athlete, overhead athlete and runners as well as chronic pain patients with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model. I also completed a one-year manual therapy residency in 2011 in Boston, MA.