Lindsey Manera, SPT
- I am currently completing my second clinical education experience at the West Berlin location at 3DPT.
- I’ve been pursuing my DPT degree at Widener University.
- I also spent my undergraduate experience at Widener and received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December of 2017
Treatment Areas of Interest/Specialties
I am currently interested in treating a wide variety of injuries and diagnoses. I particularly like working with older adult patients for the opportunity to challenge them in creative ways. Being a long time softball player, I also really like working with athletes because of the unique aspects required of their patient care.
How I Got Into PT
I knew from a younger age that I was drawn to science. I also knew that I loved to help people. In high school I took a sports medicine class which opened my eyes to human anatomy. The teacher of that class invited a physical therapist to talk with us about sports injuries and what the physical therapy profession entailed. That really sparked the interest for me and after shadowing a few therapists, I was set in my decision. I decided this profession combines my passions for science and helping people in the best way and I never looked back.
What Are the Most Important Qualities in a PT?
In my opinion, the most important qualities in a PT are empathy, communication, and creativity. Patients often see us when they are at a very vulnerable state and being empathetic is a huge part of what allows patients to be comfortable and trust us with their care. Having good communication skills is vital for two reasons; one because we need to be transparent with our patients about their current state, and two because talking is what makes therapy enjoyable! Creativity is another quality that can make a very knowledgeable therapist even more excellent. Having exercises and activities that are fun and different makes therapy more enjoyable for everyone!
I played softball from the time I was old enough to hold a bat until I was 20 so health and fitness has been a deep set passion of mine. Since retiring as a formal athlete, I have continued my fitness journey and try to maintain my health through weight lifting and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. Quite the opposite of exercise, I love to bake! My favorites are cupcakes and my Mommom’s recipe for chocolate chip cheesecake. Lastly, I of course love spending time with family, friends and my dog.