Get To Know Your PT: Stephen Block PT, DPT

Therapydia Portland physical therapist Stephen block pt, dpt

Get to know Therapydia Portland’s newest physical therapist, Stephen Block PT, DPT! Learn more about Stephen as he shares his favorite pump up music and what he wishes everyone knew about the physical therapy process.

Progress is not a straight, upward, line. Progress is an uneven and jagged line with highs and lows. The important part to remember is that, over time, positive change happens.

When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?

Originally my plan was to go to medical school. After job shadowing various physicians in various fields, I noticed one common theme. Physicians just don’t spend the amount of time with patients that I was looking for. My change in heart, combined with my love of anatomy and physical activity, lead me to consider physical therapy. After job shadowing PTs there was no going back. 

What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?

“Short Change Hero” by The Heavy. Any workout is better with The Heavy. 

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen is a very close second. 

What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?

I would say that the biggest challenge is finding the balance of spending time with patients and staying caught up on paperwork. 

How do you like to stay active?

My wife and I both love taking circus trapeze classes. It is a real challenge but very rewarding and an absolute blast. During the summer months my wife and I love to go backpacking and roadtrippin. 

What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?

I am constantly amazed by how motivated my patients are to put in the work to achieve their goals. Their motivation and perseverance is an inspiration to me to stay active and healthy. 

Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?

I am currently working on a manual therapy certification through NAIOMT. 

What’s your go-to breakfast?

Ideal breakfast: steak and eggs with hashbrowns and fresh coffee.

Realistic breakfast: cereal and an apple to go. 

What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?

I, as your physical therapist, am here to help and guide you in your physical recovery. I am here to help you build a plan for recovery. However, you are ultimately the one responsible for following through. The biggest misconception I hear is that it is my responsibility to cure or fix you without any work on your part.

What is the most important personality trait that a therapist must have?

Compassion and empathy. We must be able to walk in our patients shoes if we are to guide them along their road to recovery. 

What do you do to de-stress/unwind?

Drawing, reading, spinning and snuggling with my cockatiel Beaker. 

Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me… 

Sleeping in. Going on a morning hike with my wife Sarah. 

What is the best piece of wellness advice you’ve ever received? OR  What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?

Progress is not a straight, upward, line. Progress is an uneven and jagged line with highs and lows. The important part to remember is that, over time, positive change happens.

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