Meet Dr. Q.

I grew up in Montana as a pastor’s kid. My parents are from NYC and didn’t want to raise their kids there so my dad had an internship at a church in Montana and fell in love with it. I was a very active kid and enjoyed playing sports and being outside. When I was in high school my mom and I were in a pretty bad car accident which required me to undergo Physical Therapy, this was really my first encounter with the profession. My therapist owned his own one-on-one private practice which enabled me to recover quickly and return to my normal activities. That experience really made me fall in love with the profession.

Knowing that I wanted to go to medical school, and that there are none in Montana, I decided to move to Florida for college. I have a lot of family here, spent the summers in Florida, and I loved it so it was the obvious choice for me. I went to UCF for undergrad and then got my Masters in Physical Therapy from USF’s College of Medicine. I have a passion for learning and being the best I can be. Once I graduated I was offered a position with Cleveland Clinic working under the PT for the Indians. Knowing that Cleveland Clinic is one of the top hospital systems in the country and DJ living in Cleveland, I could not pass up that opportunity.

Cleveland Clinic offered me not only hands on experience, but fostered my passion for gaining knowledge by assisting me in the pursuit of my doctorate as well as other specialty certifications. I had a great experience working in Cleveland and expanded my knowledge significantly working with seasoned clinicians. DJ and I did a lot of soul searching and realized that we both wanted to live in Florida. I was offered a position with Florida Hospital Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation which allowed us to move here pretty seamlessly. Living in Florida has also allowed my husband more baseball opportunities.

I quickly realized that working in a corporate PT setting did not allow me to treat patients to the best of my ability. I wanted to have that passion and interaction a one-on-one setting allows you to have which is why I decided to start Dr. Q’s PT. Along with the corporate restrictions, I noticed that young athletes with orthopedic issues are a large yet underserved population. Many people do not realize that pediatric PTs treat developmental delays while orthopedic PTs are not always well versed in the appropriate care of a developing body. I have had significant sports medicine and orthopedic training and experience across the entire age spectrum with a specific interest in youth athletes. With my love of sports and kids, I felt called to serve the young athlete. I am able to spend an entire hour with each patient and treat them the best way that I see fit, not what an insurance company dictates to me. After making the change, I wonder why I didn’t do so a long time ago. I have seen faster, better outcomes much more quickly than I did in a corporate setting. I love that I am able to form a relationship with every person that walks through my door and I can go to bed at night knowing that I am able to do what I love every day and make a difference in peoples’ lives.