Why did you decide to
become a PT/PTA?
Many people are
surprised to find out that
I did not know physical
therapy existed until I was in my mid-twenties. I played a
lot of sports and was frequently injured. A series of events
in my life required me to take some time off from my old
profession. At the time I was taking care of my mother who
was battling cancer, but she encouraged me to spend time
doing something for myself and suggested going back to
school. I learned about physical therapy when a friend, an
OT, asked me why I never became a physical therapist. She
thought physical therapy was a perfect fit for me. After doing
research I realized she was right and I decided to pursue
How do you think your background helps you as:
a.) A current student?
Like many first generation children of any immigrant
descent, my parents worked hard for low wages and never
complained. I have them to thank for instilling a good
work ethic and strong values in me that have helped me
both as a person, a student, and hopefully as a future
b.) A future clinician?
My parents and grandparents did not speak English,
so like many first generation “ABCs” (American Born
Chinese), I was bilingual in Chinese (Cantonese,
Toisanese, and Mandarin) and English. Being bilingual
will allow me to be more effective in treating patients
that can only speak Chinese. This was the case during
my first affiliation.
I am culturally competent with those from my own
ethnic background as well as those from many other
cultures. I believe I owe this to my experience of being
a minority who moved out of Chinatown at the age of
9, and then growing up in a predominantly Caucasian
town. I was given the opportunity of adapting and
immersing myself into so many different subcultures and
having close friends from vastly different backgrounds.
These experiences have helped mold me into a person
that appreciates and understands the differences between
cultures and individuals.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to have my own practice. When I first entered
my DPT program, I had my sights targeted on becoming
a great physical therapist that specialized in sports,
orthopedics, and performance. However, having been
given the opportunity to work with so many different age
populations with a variety of conditions, I truly would like
to work with all populations in an outpatient setting. I see
myself taking a more active role promoting the field of
physical therapy in different organizations and through my
website at EasierFit.com. I would also take a more active
role in volunteering as I do now for the Spinal Mobility
program through the Wheeling Forward Organization. I’d
love to teach as well.
What is your ultimate goal as a PT/PTA?
This may sound cliché, but my ultimate goal would be to
help as many people as I can live pain free and healthy