Get to know Therapydia Ballard physical therapist Kelsey Dehmer, PT, DPT, OCS as she shares what she wishes everyone knew about PT, her love of Lizzo and how she likes to stay active.
You have to take care of yourself first in order to take care of your patients
When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?
When I was 13! When I was 12 and 13, I ended up having 2 ankle surgeries and spent a lot of time in PT. I loved sports, science and math and though it would be an awesome career.
What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?
Anything by Lizzo
What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?
Managing time well and making sure that paperwork doesn’t take over!
How do you like to stay active?
Variety is key! I like to run, hike, lift weights, do pilates, try out new classes so I know what my patients are getting into and play sports/snowboard when I can.
What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?
How so much of it is bonding with the patient and learning their personality and motivation style, vs treating every diagnosis the same.
Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?
Not currently, however I may consider doing some FMS classes or testing for my CSCS
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Greek Yogurt with Granola, extra walnuts! And Coffee!
What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?
Physical therapy is not only about manual therapy, it is about making your body move better, more efficiently and reprogramming your brain to make sure it stays that way, even after PT.
What is the most important personality trait that a therapist must have?
The ability to listen and instill trust in to any patient
What do you do to de-stress/unwind?
I treat myself to massages or go to Korean spas and spend time in the pools.
Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…
Out on a weekend adventure, ready to backpack, explore a new city or maybe just going to a beer fest.
What is the best piece of wellness advice you’ve ever received?
You have to take care of yourself first in order to take care of your patients.
What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?
You have to take care of yourself first in order to take care of your children and loved ones.