WHO ARE WE?
Sam: I am a new graduate with a doctorate of physical therapy.
Amy: I am a physical therapist who is a faculty member at a university.
What do we bring to the table?
Sam: From the neuro perspective I bring Autism. My younger brother and sister are autistic and so our lives are unique because of it. From the orthopedic perspective I bring 20+ years of taekwondo. The lifelong passion has given me the opportunity to learn, teach, compete and coach the sport. From the sociology perspective my year teaching English in Korea has given me unique experiences.
Amy: From a personal perspective, I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mother. From a professional perspective, I am a neuro clinical specialist and I have a PhD. I am a lifelong learner. I like people and I develop strong relationships in both my personal and professional life.
Disclaimer: We don’t represent any employer or professional organizations.
WHY DOES THIS WORK?
Sam/Amy: We have discussed numerous topics, including teaching and learning, life experiences, and physical therapy. We think our styles overlap at least 90%. We like to give people trust right away, ask questions, joke around, be frank, and wish the best for another person. Our confidence is strong, but at the same time individually we think, “What do I have to offer people? I’m not that unique.” Together we believe we have enough interesting things to say. At the end of the day we are risk takers.
HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
Sam: The blog even started with taking a risk. I was really nervous to ask Amy to start a blog with me. I had all these reasons in my mind:
-Amy probably doesn’t even have time for this project.
-Amy might not even like blogs
-Major reason: What if the teacher-student relationship becomes really awkward?
But I realized that they were based out of fear, and then I decided that fear isn’t a good enough reason not to ask. I spent a good week figuring out how to pitch this blog to Amy. I set up a meeting, and my heart was racing when I asked. But Amy instantly agreed, and jumped into figuring out topics. All that prep work was for nothing 😉
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
We noticed that there are not many blogs in physical therapy written by females, let alone a blog written by two people who are in different places in their careers. Perhaps one of the reasons to do this blog is to share perspectives and challenge the status quo and/or improve our profession. We think everyone is invited to the conversation, and differing views are welcome; however, disrespect is not welcome.