Rachel Parker PT, DPT, ITPT
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Stockton University
- Bachelors of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, Stockton University
- Associate of Science, Burlington County College
- Baptist High School
- Impact Trained Physical Therapist for Concussion Management
Treatment areas of interest/Specialties
- Running injuries
Why I became a Physical Therapist
Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to do something with my life where I could serve the people around me in the world. As the oldest of a big family, I never lacked opportunities to take care of my siblings – whether it was putting a Band-Aid on a skinned knee or pulling out my pretend stethoscope from my toy medical kit, I always loved comforting those in pain. The year I turned eleven, my family went through some major health issues, which is what ultimately peaked my passion for a medical career path. I was able to witness first-hand the importance of physical rehabilitation in the journey back to health and wellness.
During my undergraduate education, I was able to spend time working as an aide in a physical therapy clinic, which solidified my desire to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Throughout my clinical education in PT school I gained a special appreciation for working with people of all different ages and backgrounds. I love the diversity within the practice of physical therapy and the daily opportunities afforded to each therapist to truly make a lasting difference in each patient’s life.
What do you feel are the most important qualities for a physical therapist?
My personal belief is that one of the greatest qualities a physical therapist can possess is the ability to connect and empathize with patients. It is my goal to make every patient I come into contact with feel “heard,” connected, and understood. The simple act of listening can go a long way towards forming lasting relationships and fostering an environment with open lines of communication. I believe it is important to retain a holistic view towards treatment and not simply view each person as a specific body part or condition. A physical therapist should strive to create a plan of care that is goal driven, personalized, and geared towards achieving the most positive outcome for each patient. This will help to create the powerful and essential mindset of positivity and personal accomplishment, which is key to any successful rehabilitation experience.
- I love to run outside and have competed in half marathons and I hope to start training for a full marathon soon!
- My happiest place is at the beach, no matter what the season. It is where I find the most peace. I try to combine my above two interests and run at or near the beach whenever possible.
- Since graduating PT school I have rediscovered my love for travel and different cultures. In September 2017 I was able to visit Italy for the first time, and have also had to opportunity to visit Canada, Poland, Brazil, and Grenada. One day I would love to travel to another country and provide physical therapy services to a patient population lacking medical attention.