PHYSIO SPEAKS: An Interview with NYC Physical Therapist - KARENA WU

1. What made you to choose Physical therapy as a profession?-  I went to University of California at Riverside as a pre-medicine undergraduate.  I initially wanted to be a doctor.  When I graduated, I worked in the front office of a PT facility because my father is a below knee amputee and his friend, Stella was a PT who worked there.  I started to volunteer with the Disabled Sports USA group where my father would ski and Stella would volunteer.  This turned me onto working with disabled persons.  I shadowed sit-skiers (paraplegics), guided blind skiers and overall assisted during skiing as well as errands/food service during our lunch breaks. I also volunteered with Stella as a PT aide so I was really able to see what treatments were like and the overall PT was.  Eventually, I was torn between the two professions and Stella steered me toward PT secondary to my personality and my desire to be active and engaged with people.  She was right!

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