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Why We Chose to be Physical Therapists

Our physical therapists at OrthoCarolina play a big role in rehabilitation, and PT is an important part of the work we do to help our patients maximize long-term health benefits. It’s is a way for patients to improve movement, manage pain and prevent or recover from injuries or other physical conditions.

Therapists examine each patient, and with them create a treatment plan that over time can help them experience less pain, move more freely, and restore proper function. By teaching individuals how manage their own conditions and injuries, PTs are able to give them more flexibility to continue healing outside of the clinic. Therapists also work on range of motion, balance and posture, strength and coordination, mobility, fitness and obesity, sports injury prevention, enhancing and improving sports performance, manual therapy and body mechanics.

In celebration of October as National Physical Therapy Month, here’s what OrthoCarolina PTs say about why they chose physical therapy as their career:

I love being a PT for those wonderful but rare moments when you relieve a person of a pain or a problem that has been plaguing them for a long time.

Maria Zenaida Abanilla

I love being a PT because as the patient undergoes the rehabilitation and recovery process, I get to witness a level of perseverance and will power rarely seen in everyday life.  There is great personal reward and joy in knowing that I had a role in seeing the patient’s quality of life and function restored. 

Susan C. Aiken


I’m a PTA, and I love what I do. This job gives me the ability to educate and empower people about how to be physically aware of their bodies, and in turn improve their overall quality of life.

Kathryn Ashworth

I find it rewarding to rehab people from injury or surgery back to their sport or regular activities.

It has been a career where I have been able to combine my love of science and my love of sports.

Mindy Blitzer

I am a PT to see the pure joy on an athlete’s face when they return to their sport for the first time after an injury. Also, the collaboration between different disciplines in efforts to provide the best care for our patients makes teamwork for a common goal very meaningful.

Ken Breath


I like the fact that PTs have direct access to patients, allowing us to be independent providers of patient care.

Jeffery Cayo

Physical therapy provides a variety of opportunities in this field to help people recover to their normal or better than normal condition. That makes it all worthwhile.

Carol Green


I get to spend at least 30 minutes per appointment and see the patient multiple times a week, which allows me time to understand the patient and their condition.

Jenni Freie


I love being a PT because we are the drivers who navigate patients along their path to improving quality of life and returning to normal function. We teach and empower patients by providing tools they need to untap their full physical potential.

Jillian Maguire


I'm livin' the Dream! 
Mark Miele


I love being a Physical therapist because I can best use the gifts I have been to increase patient’s quality of life and function while Glorifying God.

Tony Mirovsky 


I love the whole healing process, from start to finish. 

Katie White


I enjoy being a PT because of the variety of patient care settings that you can do therapy. 

Carolyn E. Wray

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