Matthew Wolfe, SPT
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy Candidate, Drexel University
- Bachelors in Exercise Science, Salisbury University
- Treatment Areas of Interest/Specialties
I am interested in gaining as much clinical knowledge for as many diagnoses as I can. Having a well-rounded basis for the beginning of my career is my goal to succeed in the future. Specifically, I have always been interested in how the body works while participating in sports. This interest led me to perform an in-service presentation on return to sport outcome testing.
Why I Became a Physical Therapist
While I have never required physical therapy, I was present for both occasions when my parents needed it, whether it being driving them to appointments or visiting the hospital during a session. I was able to see first-hand, how the therapist was able to connect and help their patients. This led me to pursue my future career so that I can have a similar impact on someone else’s life or lives.
What do you feel are the most important qualities in a physical therapist?
Aside from the knowledge and expertise required for this profession, I believe patience, prioritization, and passion are three important qualities to have in a physical therapist. Patience for when a patient’s diagnosis is taking longer than expected to recover. Prioritization for the ability to know what to do first to get the best outcome efficiently. The last one is for the sake of the physical therapist and the patient, if the therapist is not passionate about their work, how do they expect the patient to be passionate about their recovery?
I enjoy recreational running not only for fitness but for mental health. Any situation involving being with friends or family can turn a dull day into something great. I also enjoy the polar opposites, of a relaxing hot day at the beach, but also an exciting, cold day of snowboarding on a mountain. And finally, I like to think of myself as an amateur woodworker, mechanic, and computer geek.