Therapydia Tanasbourne physical therapist Annika Piros, DPT takes some time to talk about what surprised her most about being a physical therapist, her Saturday morning routine and her plans for future education.
Surround yourself with a community that models healthy behaviors and it will be difficult to make an unhealthy choice.
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I always pictured myself entering the medical field because of my fascination of the human body. Through my experience working as a CrossFit coach, I developed a passion for coaching movement and biomechanics. What eventually drew me to physical therapy was when my sister suffered a “terrible triad” knee injury in high school. I attended her PT appointments with her and was impressed by the care that my sister received from her physical therapist. It solidified my desire to enter the profession!
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
“Remember the Name” by Fort Minor for workouts and the brain.fm app when I’m trying to focus.
What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
Staying up to date on the latest physical therapy literature & evidence. I believe this is crucial in order to provide patients the best possible care.
How do you like to stay active?
CrossFit, HIIT, cycle classes, olympic & weight lifting.
What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?
How much we know and yet don’t seem to know… there is always an opportunity to learn more. PTs are lifelong learners!
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
I am currently looking at NAIOMT courses and the USAW Level 1 certification.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Lately it’s been “veggie cakes” that are filled with eggs, zucchini, carrots, and other delicious veggies.
What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?
I wish everyone knew about direct access to physical therapy! Meaning, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physical therapist in the diagnosis & treatment of a musculoskeletal condition. In many cases, seeing a physical therapist first saves patients time and money as it is a safe & effective treatment for pain.
What is the most important personality trait that a therapist must have?
Being an empathic listener. Building a trusting patient-provider relationship is essential for effective treatment.
What do you do to de-stress/unwind?
Self-care which includes a good sweat-session, going for walks near my home in wine-country, and spending time with my husband.
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Catching a CrossFit class & enjoying a cup of coffee!
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?
Surround yourself with a community that models healthy behaviors and it will be difficult to make an unhealthy choice. The “5 chimps theory” put this into perspective for me which basically states that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Learn more about Annika and our other Therapydia Tanasbourne physical therapists.