It takes a special kind of person to dedicate their life to helping others heal. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with someone who is doing just that: Callie Rohlik. Callie is a Physical Therapy student who has been seeing patients as part of her clinical rotation with us since late August.

We recently sat down with Callie to learn more about her journey to becoming a Physical Therapist and her experience at Optivus.

When and from where will you be graduating from as Licensed Physical Therapist?

“I will graduate in May of 2021 from Concordia University’s (St. Paul, MN) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.”

Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist?

“My aspirations towards a career in physical therapy began in high school. My strong desire to help individuals restore functional potential and achieve an optimal quality of life has guided my career.”

What has been your favorite part of working with our Physical Therapist, Natasha Choiniere?

“Compassionate and energetic best describe Natasha as my clinical instructor. Each day, she takes priority in progressing her patients towards therapy goals while enhancing my education and clinical skills in the practice of physical therapy.”

What is your favorite thing about working with patients on their path to recovery?

“Restoring independence is the most rewarding aspect of guiding a patient through their journey towards recovery. Celebrating small achievements leads to meaningful life changes that return patients to their sport, work, or recreational hobby.”

What do you think is the biggest misconception about physical therapy that might keep someone from seeking care?

Misconception: Physical therapy is just instructed exercise.

Truth: Physical Therapists base treatments on supporting evidence. Research suggests combined treatments of manual techniques, patient education AND specific exercises lead to effective results for many musculoskeletal-based injuries.”

What is the most important thing you have learned about Physical Therapy during your time at Optivus?

“Individuality as a Physical Therapist and as a clinic is essential. With each clinical experience, it is evident that the Physical Therapists develop and evolve their own style of clinical practice in which they thrive. Acquiring my own method and enhancing my confidence in clinical practice is a personal aspiration as graduation approaches.”

We want to sincerely thank Callie for sharing her story with our audience. If you see her in the clinic, we invite you to say hello and get to know her even better!