Therapydia Denver physical therapist Sara Vengrove takes some time to talk about the importance of being personable as a PT, her love of hiking and the song that puts a little bounce in her step.
“Get outside, sleep well and practice strategies for good mental health!”
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
I took a friend to physical therapy after they had surgery in college. I liked the comfortable vibe in the clinic and I thought “I could do this.” I had always enjoyed science courses as well as interacting with people. Thus, this profession was the perfect fit for me.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
I would say time management. We treat a lot of patients and it’s important to learn how to be efficient with your documentation so you aren’t doing paperwork late into the evening.
How do you like to stay active?
I love to hike, run and do yoga. Since moving to Colorado, I think I’ve been hiking every week!
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates. It is my go-to song to listen to while walking to work. Gives a little bounce to my step!
What surprised you the most about the physical therapy profession?
I would have to say the lack of public awareness of what we as physical therapists are trained to do. Physical therapists are experts in the musculoskeletal system and we have the knowledge to diagnose, treat and prevent many conditions.
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
I completed a fellowship in manual therapy one year ago so I’ve been utilizing a lot of those skills in my practice since then. Additionally, I became certified in dry needling and plan to take the level 2 course in the upcoming months.
What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?
That for most conditions, conservative treatment (i.e. physical therapy) should be the first line of treatment prior to surgery or medications.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese. And of course, coffee.
What is the most important trait that a PT must have?
I think being personable and having good communication skills are some of the most important traits. Our goal as physical therapists is to meet the patient where they are and to help them achieve their goals so having a good relationship with the patient is essential.
What do you do to unwind/de-stress?
Head to the mountains for any outdoor activity, write letters to my close friends, eat mint choc chip ice cream, lounge in the hammock.
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Finding a breakfast sandwich to eat on my drive to the mountains or going for a run in a park.
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice?
Get outside, sleep well and practice strategies for good mental health!
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