At this time 20 years ago I was getting ready to enter The School of Physical Therapy at the U of S. I was excited and a little nervous because I was now committed to a lifelong career. Was it right for me? Would I be any good at it? Would I like it for a while and then want to do something different? These are the thoughts that run through the head of an early 20’s university student.
After 17+ years of practicing I can still say it was absolutely the right choice. I love it. Now don’t get me wrong, it can be very stressful, challenging, and emotionally draining at times. But the rewards are worth it. As a father I get a huge sense of pride and accomplishment when my kids do something for the first time – potty training, riding a bike, hitting a baseball. As a physiotherapist I get to experience that pretty much every single day. It is so rewarding watching people resume activities and achieve their goals with our guidance. The team we have at our clinic is phenomenal – experienced, compassionate, and just downright great physios and admin. At times we discuss at the clinic that we don’t want to be good or great at what we do. We want to be better than great. That is what makes our team special and why we have the fortune to be rewarded so often by our client’s accomplishments.
In this profession we get to meet all kinds of people. These people are the fuel that keeps our fire lit inside. I have one man in particular that I see who was born with significant physical and cognitive impairments. Unable to walk, he requires a wheelchair for mobility. And the funny thing is, he is the happiest person I know. I have never met anyone else who can not only light up a room, but light up the whole clinic the minute he arrives. I often comment that I don’t know if he has ever had a bad day in his life. His quick wit and infectious smile will brighten even the toughest days at work.
That is what I love. That is why I love my job.
~ Trevor, PT