Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, Neck & Low Back Pain, Orthopedics, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Maternal Low Back Pain
Master’s of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance, University of Michigan
What made you choose a medical career?
I know it is a cliché but I always wanted to do something where I could help people live better and more fulfilling lives. I always had an interest in science so the medical professions seemed like a good fit. I had a couple of injuries when I was younger that required physical therapy so I was introduced to the field as a patient. I thought about nursing and medicine but chose physical therapy because I feel I really get to know my patients and I find that part of my day to be very fulfilling.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
My primary area of clinical interest has been treatment of neck and back pain. I am certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment as a technique to assess and treat the spine and extremities. I have recently been training in Women’s Health and have started treating more pelvic floor, breast cancer and maternal low back pain patients all of which I find very rewarding.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I am focused on helping the patient achieve his or her goals and return to function at whatever level is possible. I accommodate each patient individually, structuring treatment to provide each person with the necessary tools to achieve success.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
My hobbies include dance, yoga and hanging out with my husband and two little boys. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Omaha Modern Dance Collective and I am also a member of the Physical Therapy Alumni Chapter Board at University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
When I was 16 years old I was an extra in the movie “Teachers.” I went to a performing arts high school in Columbus, Ohio, where the movie was filmed and the casting director and our principal thought it would be a good experience for us all to work as much as possible on set. I got to meet Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch and Ralph Macchio. I had a conversation with Judd Hirsch about psychology while we were waiting in our places to film one day. He was interested that my dad was a psychology professor at the Ohio State University.