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Physical Therapist Resident, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy - Sports Medicine


About Me


I’m inspired to work with children because of the lifelong impact I, as a provider, can have on a patient. Physical activity can have a tremendous influence on people's lives, especially children. However, too many children don't participate in sports or physical activity due to injury, past experiences or lifestyle preferences.

My hope is to ensure children are not only physically capable but also confident and motivated to participate in sports and physical activity throughout their lives. Physical therapy is not a passive service. It's one that requires the patient to put effort into their care to optimize outcomes. My goal is to use my knowledge and skills to help patients effectively manage pain and injury. In doing so, we become team members motivated by a common goal.

As an orthopaedic physical therapy resident, my approach to patient care involves treating the patient as a whole person, not just looking at impairments. While an individual's strength, range of motion and biomechanics are crucial pieces of physical therapy treatment, I also believe an individual's knowledge, confidence and motivation to be physically active are paramount to successful rehabilitation and ultimately lifelong health.

While I am only at the beginning of my research career, my interests are in helping children become physically active for life. Our nation currently faces a physical inactivity epidemic and I believe physical therapists can contribute to a solution. I know the growing construct of physical literacy will provide physical therapists with a framework for ensuring patients remain physically active for life.

In 2019, as a physical therapy student at The Ohio State University, I was honored to be awarded the Lynn Allen Wallace Scholarship Fund in Sports Physical Therapy.

During my free time, I love being active in a variety of ways! Whether it's playing familiar sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer, or trying new sports like Spikeball, I always enjoy competing with friends and rarely turn down an opportunity to play. I like working out, rock climbing, and going on runs and hikes.

Clinical Interests

Physical literacy; obesity; physical activity; injury prevention

Research Interests

The relationship between physical literacy, physical activity, and physical therapy in overweight/obese or inactive youth

Clinical Divisions

Sports Medicine - Physical Therapists

My Locations

My Education

DPT: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2020.