As we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know our therapists here at THRIVE.
This week, we sit down with Amy Loper, our PTA. Amy has been a practicing Physical Therapy Assistant since 2003. She is a life-long resident of Thomas County and enjoys spending time with her husband and two adorable daughters! Read on for our "interview" with Amy:
Why did you become a PTA?
I knew I wanted to help people and knew I wanted to work in the medical field. I was drawn to how the body moves, as well as sports-related injuries and was fascinated by the fact that exercise, stretching and mobilizations could restore range of motion and reduce pain.
What steps did you take to make your PTA career happen?
I was accepted into the PTA program in 1999. I stayed one week and dropped out and then went back in 2002, stayed and finished. I graduated in 2003. Moral of the story – life is full of second changes and never give up
What were some of the jobs you had before you started your physical therapy career?
I worked at Hometown Value-Rite Pharmacy and Archbold Health Services.
What is your favorite part about being a PTA?
Meeting new people, getting to know people, helping them achieve their goals, teach them things that will help change their lives.
What are some of the job’s biggest challenges?
Finding what works best for each patient’s specific needs. There is no cookie-cutter program – everyone is different. That’s what makes it fun and challenging.
How do you make certain that you are kept up-to-date on new research for PT practices?
I want to be able to provide the best care for the patient, sometimes that requires learning a new method or technique and possibly changing an old one. I participate in CEU classes, read articles, and learn from co-workers.
What were/are some of your favorite continuing education courses?
Kinesiotaping, treatments for SI/Lumbar Region
What is one interesting fact most of our readers/patients may not know about you?
I am a genuine country girl! I raise chickens, love to shoot guns, like to be outdoors and don’t mind getting dirty!
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Drink: water, Coke
Favorite Food: TexMex, salads, fruits
Favorite Exercise/Activity: Running
Favorite Vacation Spot: Beach
Favorite Time Of Year: Christmas
Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning
Favorite Movie Quote: “Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” (from Dirty Harry)