Therapydia Beaverton physical therapist Nathan Redington takes some time to talk about time management, Portland breweries and challenging his routine.
“Work out to have fun not to stay fit. If you enjoy what you’re doing the fitness will come.”
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
Physical therapy wasn’t always on my mind. I initially wanted to be a beer chemist but after meeting a few physical therapists in undergrad, they made the whole profession seem worth it.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
Challenging your own routine. One of the great things about physical therapy is that new research is always coming out. Sometimes that research contradicts what you’ve been doing so being able to take a step back to re-evaluate your own methods is sometimes pretty challenging.
How do you like to stay active?
I love to go alpine and rock climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding.
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
“Sabotage” by Beastie Boys.
What surprised you the most about the physical therapy profession?
The amount of research being done by physical therapists to challenge and progress our current level of understanding with techniques and modalities that we use.
Are you currently pursuing any further education or certifications?
Yes, I’m currently working on learning more about vestibular rehabilitation and getting my USA level 1 coaching certification for cycling.
What is the biggest misconception that you hear from new physical therapy patients?
The biggest misconception I’ve heard is that people think they have to see an orthopedic physician before coming to physical therapy, which isn’t the case!
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Poached eggs with a bagel and cheese.
What is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?
Good time management skills. As a physical therapist there is a lot to do, from documentation to treating patients to balancing your own life activities. Being able to maintain a healthy work and personal life balance is key for staying passionate in life.
What do you o to de-stress or unwind?
I like to find new breweries around Portland or read a new book in a quiet park.
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Sleeping in or beginning a hike.
What is the best piece of wellness advice that you’ve ever received?
Work out to have fun not to stay fit. If you enjoy what you’re doing the fitness will come.
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