During the month of October, we begin to celebrate the beginning of the new season. Here at THRIVE, we celebrate October to acknowledge our physical therapists! It is National Physical Therapy Month, and we cannot wait to introduce one of our newest PTs, Dr. Kellie Burch!
We asked Dr. Burch to share with us a few of the experiences which led her to become a physical therapist. We want our patients to know that our PTs are passionate about their practice, and will work to the best of their ability to assist you in your healing journey.
Why did you become a PT?
I first became interested in physical therapy during my time in the military. Seeing the men and women return from overseas, and the injuries they sustained, had a huge impact on me. I saw first-hand the struggle those men and women faced daily just to regain function. I felt drawn to this profession and compelled to take part in the recovery process as my contribution to society.
What steps did you take to make your physical therapy career happen?
Once I decided I was going to be a physical therapist, the hard part began. I enrolled in Florida A & M University to finish my undergraduate degree and applied to to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at FAMU. From there it was school, school, and more school. I had no idea how much school I was getting into. Although it was tough, the information was interesting and I found I really enjoyed my time in the classroom and in the clinic. Which is what brought me to Thrive. For one of my clinical rotations, I did an internship at Thrive and fell in love. Luckily, Dawn hired me!! And here I am.
What are some of the jobs you've had before you started your PT career?
Prior to being a PT, I worked in the Army as a laboratory technician in a virology and microbiology lab. Once I got out of the Army, I was in school and had part time jobs on a bee farm, in an organic bakery, and as a microbiology technician at a water facility. I enjoyed them all, but feel PT is where home is.
What is your favorite part of being a PT?
What I enjoy most about being a PT is changing people's energy. We all know that feeling when we are achy… we find yourselves more irritable, maybe evening snapping at people for things we normally wouldn't. This is a result of pain. I love that PTs are literally able to change that “bad” energy into “good energy” merely by relieving pain.
What are some of the job's biggest challenges?
Time management, time management, and time management. Hopefully I will get better at this with more experience.
How do you make certain you are kept up to date on new research or PT practices?
I love to read! I am definitely a book worm. So, reading the latest trends and data relating to PT is fun and exciting. With websites though the APTA, Medbridge, and Cochran's Library, it is easy to stay up to date and in the know on anything PT related that is of interest.
What are some of your favorite courses you have taken?
I love anything pelvic floor related. The pelvis and the pelvic floor function are so interesting. I love learning about how inter-related the body is to pelvic floor function. If you ask me, every patient is a pelvic floor patient!
What is one interesting fact most of our readers/followers/patients may not know about you?
Hmm, I don't know that I'm that interesting. : ) I guess I would say, that my favorite nerve is the Vagus Nerve. The Vagus nerve is the nerve associated with your parasympathetic system, in other words it is the nerve that stimulates feelings of calmness. There are many ways to stimulate this particular nerve and promote feelings of calmness and relaxation. Relaxing is one of my favorite things to do, so I guess it only makes sense.
• Favorite Color: Rainbow, who can choose just one
• Favorite Drink: Water
• Favorite Food: Pizza!!
• Favorite Exercise/Activity: Riding cutting horses with my best friends.
• Favorite Vacation Spot: I'll let you know when I go on a vacation.
• Favorite time of year: Fall, a time for reflection.
• Morning Person or Night Owl: Both, I don't sleep well : /
• Favorite Quote: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Khalil Gibran