Therapydia Portland physical therapist Rachel Wilkinson takes some time to talk about her love of food, CrossFit and the importance of adaptability in the PT profession.
“Everything in moderation. Too much or too little of one thing can be detrimental and this applies to all areas of life!”
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I started as a premed major and transitioned to pre-PT when I realized how much more rewarding the PT profession would be in terms of seeing patients regularly and spending quality time as a care provider.
What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
I would have to say educating patients on the scope of our practice: how much we can do for them, but ultimately how we are going to teach them to help themselves.
How do you like to stay active?
My go-to is CrossFit. I love group classes because what is more fun than being social while you work out? I also love to get outside in the summertime and hike.
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
“Midnight City” by M83. It really builds and pumps you up!
What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?
I would say how few people know the extent of our educational process. The profession has advanced to a Doctorate in the last 5 years and we’ve worked hard to get there!
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
I am currently finishing a course to provide care and progressions to women returning to fitness. I would like to pursue my Orthopedic Specialty in this upcoming year.
What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?
I wish everyone knew how accessible PT was. Most states have direct access, meaning patients can go see a PT directly and without going through their primary care physician first.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Eggs and sourdough toast with avocado.
What is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?
I would say you need to be adaptable. We work with a wide variety of patients and conditions.
What do you do to de-stress/unwind?
Usually CrossFit and then happy hour in Portland (I’ve got to work off those calories first!). I love the food/beer and wine scene here!
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Sleeping in and then going to our team (or partner) workout followed up by brunch (I like to eat).
What is the best piece of wellness advice?
Everything in moderation. Too much or too little of one thing can be detrimental and this applies to all areas of life!
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