Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Cary, NC. I have 2 siblings, my twin sister and my younger brother. I still know the Weatherstone Explorer elementary school song. I attended Salem Middle School and graduated from Apex High School. My dad has been a teacher and track coach at Apex HS for 31 years. At Apex I was on the gymnastics team and helped us win the conference title.
What do you like to do in your free time?
One of my favorite activities is spending time at the beach. I love to read and there is nowhere better than on the beach! If you add my family’s golden retriever Austyn, and Westie Jasper, then it is even more of an adventure. My mom likes to say we are “Holidayers”, which describes my family perfectly. We gather for every holiday either at my parents’ house in Cary or at North Topsail Beach to play games and eat! My mom and sister like to cook and always do something special for any holiday. Games are a must. We get pretty competitive whether it is shanghai rummy, board games, or trivia.
Of course, traveling is also one of my favorite things to do. I have so many places on my list left to go, but one of my favorites has been studying abroad in Spain. I love a good adventure!
What sports are you interested in?
I was a gymnast from 4th grade through high school. In college, I continued to compete with the club UNCW Gymnastics Team. It was such a great experience to travel to club meets across the country and still be competitive. Now, I use that gymnastics experience to practice yoga and take any opportunity I can to stand on my hands.
Was there an experience that led you to become a PT?
Gymnastics injuries for certain. As a patient, I learned to do the work to get better after every injury. I had a great experience with my physical therapy, and I wanted to give others the same experience. My undergraduate degree was in Athletic Training. Working with all sports helped solidify that I wanted to become a physical therapist.
What is your favorite thing to treat and why?
One thing I love about outpatient physical therapy is the variety of things I get to treat. We treat the entire body from the head all the way down to the toes. I love working with people and helping them to reach their goals with physical therapy. Our patients are the best! It is such a wonderful feeling to see someone get better.