Therapydia Kona physical therapist Becky Roberts takes some time to talk what inspired her career transition, her love of rugby, what she’s learned since becoming a PT.
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I spent my 20’s working long hours in corporate america and playing rugby during most of my off-time. Despite a successful career, I felt something was missing. I was always interested in working in healthcare, so as I became unsatisfied with my career I looked into different patient centered careers. Since I spent most of spare time playing rugby, I also I spent time in therapy getting my injuries treated – as did many of my friends. Through my experiences in PT as a patient I decided I wanted to become a physical therapist.
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
I love music, but it all depends on my mood, if I’m working-out, something upbeat and fast paced.
What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
Staying up to date on research. There is always something new to learn – new surgeries, new approaches to rehabilitation, new understandings of how pain works. It’s a constant process to ensure you have the best and most current knowledge possible.
How do you like to stay active?
Hiking, swimming, going to the gym, pick-up sports with friends.
What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?
How much impact small changes have in our patient’s life.
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
Not currently, however, I am debating pursuing a women’s health certification.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Eggs, a smoothie, or overnight oats.
What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?
The breadth of conditions that physical therapists can treat. Prior to becoming a PT I didn’t realize all the roles a PT can play in healthcare.
What is the biggest misconception you hear from new patients?
The old “no pain, no gain” saying, where patients expect therapy must be painful in order to get better. While we do embrace some discomfort in therapy, significant pain is not usually a goal and maintaining good pain management helps improve outcomes for most patients.
What is the most important personality trait that a therapist must have?
Diligence, in addition to the obvious answers of intelligence, compassion, and empathy. I feel diligence is importance to stay on top of research, patient care, and insurance requirements. This profession demands a level of continuous personal and professional growth and diligence to remain self-motivated.
What do you do to de-stress/unwind?
I enjoy connecting with friends and family, reading, relaxing at the pool or beach, and going on solo hikes or adventures.
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Reflecting on my week, connecting with family/friends, going to the beach, or adventuring to some other part of the island.
What is the best piece of wellness advice you’ve ever received?
Actunities (opportunities for activity) are all around us, take advantage of them. For example: park in the far spot at the store, take the stairs at work, walk or bike to the grocery.
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?
Find an activity you enjoy, or you are unlikely to do it. Not everyone likes running, yoga, weightlifting, etc. Find what you like and do it unapologetically. Find a friend who likes doing the same thing and then you have an accountability partner.