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Member Spotlight on Genevieve B. Smith, PT, DPT

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Genevieve B. Smith, PT, DPT

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Clinical Supervisor at Seneca Physical Therapy of Finger Lakes, P.C. and Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy Dept. at Ithaca College




November/December 2018

Genevieve became interested in physical therapy when in high school she shadowed her soccer coach who was an orthopedic PT.  She loves to work with people of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions.  One of her favorite things to do is to speak to local sports teams and coaches about injury prevention and management.


Take a few minutes and get to know this month's member spotlight with us! Enjoy the Q&A with Genevieve below.

How long have you been a member of the NYPTA? What is your best experience thus far? 


I have been a member of the NYPTA since 2012. I have served as public relations liaison, membership liaison, Chair, and now Director of the Southern Tier Chapter. One of my favorite experiences was being able to serve as a delegate representing New York at the House of Delegates in Boston last June. It was very exciting and energizing to meet other PT’s from across the country and to be involved in the movement of our profession forward.


Tell us about your background, and how your path led to where you are in your career today. What’s your favorite moment of your career so far?


I became interested in the field of physical therapy towards the end of high school when I shadowed my soccer coach, who was an orthopedic PT. Then, I broke my foot playing soccer in college and went through physical therapy as a patient and I’ve been hooked ever since! After I graduated PT school, I started working in outpatient orthopedics. I got my specialist certification in orthopedics and am now clinical supervisor at Seneca Physical Therapy. I also began teaching part time at Ithaca College, which is so much fun! I really enjoy working with the physical therapy students sharing my experiences and knowledge. I love how I get to work with people of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions, and have to constantly learn new techniques and keep up with new research as our field continues to evolve. One of my favorite things to do is to speak to local sports teams and coaches about injury prevention and management.


What are some of the key opportunities and challenges facing the physical therapy profession?


One of the challenges facing our profession is the rising cost of healthcare preventing some of our patients from being able to access physical therapy services. The biggest opportunity our profession has right now is to advocate to our patients and other health care professionals about how valuable physical therapy is.

What advice would you give NYPTA members who are new to the profession?

Get involved with the NYPTA! We are always looking for new ideas to engage physical therapists and other health care professionals to advance our profession forward!


What is a favorite tip you have that you could share with others in our industry?


Network with other PT’s and health care professionals to advocate for ourselves and our patients!


What are you passionate about?


Exercise, physical therapy, orthopedics, occupational health and athletic injury prevention, vestibular rehabilitation, and wellness promotion.


What else would you like your fellow NYPTA Members to know about you?


I enjoy running, playing golf, and traveling with my family and friends.


What is your favorite app or social media outlet?




What is your guilty pleasure?


Chocolate! In any form!

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