My career with 3DPT began in 2019, when I was placed at the West Berlin clinic for my final clinical rotation of PT school. After my first week there, I told my family, “this is where I’m going to work.” I wasn’t sure if there was an opening for a PT at that time, or even what life would look like after graduation, but I was adamant that 3DPT West Berlin would be the place my career started. Luckily, everything worked out the way I had hoped, and I was hired after graduating in January 2020.
My time with 3DPT so far has been incomparable (including my first official day as a PT – the day New Jersey shut down because of the pandemic!) I have grown as a clinician, formed connections with patients that have made a positive impact on my life, and made memories with the best coworkers imaginable. Practicing as a PT in this clinic has given me the opportunity to hone my skills as a clinician and determine what type of injuries I treat best. In the past few years, I really have excelled at treating patients coming in with lower extremity injuries, especially post-op knee or ankle surgeries, and those coming in for anything running related. It has been the best experience getting to know my patients and to work with them to achieve their goals; I just love what I do! An added bonus of my job is how close the people in my office are with each other – my coworkers have been my biggest supporters from the minute I started. I look forward to being around them and learning from them every week.
After being at 3DPT for about a year and a half, my boss, Ryan McDevitt (aka the “Best Boss” according to the Best of South Jersey poll!), offered me the opportunity of a lifetime: to manage the clinic that has given me my start. I knew that I hadn’t been in the field for very long, but I also knew that I could do the job, and do it well. It was an easy, resounding “yes”. So as of January 1, 2022, I am officially the clinic director of 3DPT West Berlin!
Filling this role has been challenging, but it has also given me great joy. We’ve had a busy year already – we’ve expanded the clinic, installed a turf section for athletes, and welcomed a new PT, my first student, Alyssa. Ryan is the best mentor to teach me the ropes and am doing my best to serve our patients and local community. Though I can’t speak for everyone, I’d say it’s going pretty well! I’m excited to continue to grow as a leader in the company and my field.
My life outside of 3DPT has been just as busy. I finished my first marathon this past November, which has been a goal of mine since rehabbing my knee, and marathon #2 set for later this year. Running is a major love of mine so being able to finally tackle those 26.2 miles was so special.
I also got engaged to my best friend, Nick, who I met in PT school, and we just bought a house! We also adopted 2 dogs, who are crazy and misbehave often but make us laugh just as much. Another exciting thing I am doing currently is teaching as an adjunct at Arcadia University, my alma mater (and favorite place), where I get to help instruct in their new anatomy lab. I enjoy every minute that I’m there, and I feel so lucky to be part of their esteemed program. So yes, I’ve been busy, but as my mom likes to tell me, “all good things.”
A lot of things have changed since starting as a student at 3D in 2019, but my original thoughts on 3DPT remain unchanged. This company is special, so are the people I work with, and so are the patients. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career, and I know it is only going to get better from here. Reflecting on my time at 3DPT West Berlin, I have a lot of thoughts, but the one that stands out most is:
I am so grateful to have been placed here.
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