Therapydia Portland physical therapist Jodie McGinlay takes some time to talk about the process of PT, keeping up with the latest health gadgets and the importance of consistency.
“PT is a process and not a product. It takes consistent maintenance to accomplish goals but that doesn’t mean you’ll be in PT forever.”
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I had a good family friend who worked as a physical therapist for the U.S. Ski Team. She worked out of Mt. Hood and got to travel a lot. She inspired me to think outside the box and enjoy what I do.
What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
Keeping up with the latest health-related gadgets.
How do you like to stay active?
I like trying new group classes but enjoy running and resistance training.
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
“Jumpin Jumpin” by Destiny’s Child.
What surprised you the most about the physical therapy profession?
How many different settings you can work in as a PT.
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
I’m working on learning more about new interventions with temporomandibular pain dysfunction.
What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?
PT is a process and not a product. It takes consistent maintenance to accomplish goals but that doesn’t mean you’ll be in PT forever.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Smoothies and coffee.
What is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?
One is hard to say but the ability to adapt communication and teaching styles based on who you’re working with.
What do you do to de-stress/unwind?
Go for walks with friends and be outside in the sun.
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Walking around Laurelhurst park with a coffee.
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice?
Stay consistent even in small doses. Pursue things you like and not things you think you should be doing based on others around you. Motivation in health and wellness is person-specific.
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