My vision is for Therapy for Living, LLC, to be more than just a place to go to seek relief from pain. My goal is to be a resource where people go to learn more about their body and better ways of taking care of it. We are building a community of people seeking a more holistic way of healing and living. We will offer classes helping to promote maintenance of good health and staying active. Our hope is to continuously build a place of healing that inspires others to pursue their own dreams and conceive new visions of their own.
After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill's Physical Therapy school in 2004, I started working in outpatient rehabilitation for Stanly Regional Medical Center. I loved working at a small hospital where you had a chance to get to know the community, and I loved working in a place where you saw a little bit of everything and covered every area (inpatient, outpatient and acute rehab). I loved learning new things and constantly being challenged.
Over the course of my career, I have gravitated towards small hospitals and communities. where therapists have to know a little bit of everything to provide for the patient population. I've worked in a number of different settings, from hospitals to home health and from Alaska to Manhattan. Initially I didn't have a passion for any particular topic, but would focus my studies on whatever the patient in front of me needed.
Then I took my first John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) course in 2011 and everything clicked. Finally the patients I just couldn't figure out made sense. I had finally found my passion. Over the last 6 years I've taken over 13 MFR courses and reached the level of Expert Therapist (though I always think there's so much more to learn). I have also loved taking my practice of therapy from centering around repetitive exercises to finding the source of the patient's pain and helping the patient to find true healing.
Through Myofascial work, I found my next passion: Women's Health. When I was in P.T. school, I declared that I would never want to do wound care (because that was gross), acute care (because there's a lot of bodily fluids), or Women's Health (because that was just awkward). Since these three topics have actually become some of my favorites, I've decided to stop declaring that I'll never do anything. Seeing the difference therapy makes in the lives and confidence of women with pelvic floor dysfunction, has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career.
After 12 years of working for hospitals and having growing frustrations with the health care system, I am striking out on my own to build a practice based on healing, improving quality of life, decreasing pain, and hopefully, if it all goes right, helping people enjoy more active, fulfilling lives.