We’re so excited that Wally has joined our team! We asked him some questions about his path to becoming a therapist and we thought we’d share them here with you.
Why did you become a PT/PTA?
I wanted to pursue a career where I could continue to help people but in a safe environment that would afford me ample time with my family.
What steps did you take to make your physical therapy career happen?
I resigned from a lengthy career in LE and chose to apply to a PTA program near my family. They accepted my application out of about 80 applicants to be a part of the PTA graduating class of 2018.
What were some of the jobs you had before you started your PT career?
Law Enforcement, US Marine and before that I was a college student at Georgia Southern University
What is your favorite part of being a PT/PTA?
Interacting with the patient/clients. Making people smile and feel good about themselves. I believe physical therapy extends beyond the physical and into the overall well-being of the patient/client.
What are some of the job’s biggest challenges?
Making therapy fun and unique for each patient. Remembering that change and healing takes time and does not happen overnight.
How do you make certain you are kept up-to-date on new research or PT practices?
In-service training. Medbridge (an interactive PT portal).
What are some of your favorite courses you’ve taken? (cont ed or college)
Anatomy and Physiology I & II / Anatomy and Kinesiology / Patient Care
What is one interesting fact most of our readers/followers/patients may not know about you?
I have two tattoos.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Drink: Arnold Palmer
Favorite Foods: white cheddar popcorn, chicken wings, vegetables with ranch dip, grilled chicken, salad
Favorite exercise/activity: I’m a DIYer, yard work
Favorite vacation spot: What is vacation?
Favorite time of the year: Fall
Morning person or Night Owl? Morning person
Favorite quote: “The word ‘can’t’ is not in our vocabulary.”