Get to Know Your PT: Kelly Steffy, PT, DPT

Vancouver physical therapist Kelly Steffy

Get to know Therapydia Vancouver’s newest physical therapist- Kelly Steffy, PT, DPT! Kelly shares with us her future education plans to receive her pelvic rehabilitation specialist certification, how she likes to stay active and her favorite piece of wellness advice.

Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others.

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

I was at Washington State University Vancouver for my bachelor’s degree when I was exposed to physical therapy. I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, though was deciding which medical career I wanted to pursue and had the opportunity to listen to a local physical therapist talk in one of our classes. I went to observe at the clinic she worked at and from the first day, I knew that I wanted to be a physical therapist. That clinic is where I met Adria.

What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?

I have no one favorite song, though I love alternative music. Really anything upbeat helps me get motivated.

What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?

The biggest challenge in being a PT is being in public places and not being able to shut off analyzing people’s gait (walking mechanics) and other movements – however I love doing this!

How do you like to stay active?

I like to stay active by hiking, going for walks or runs with my dog, taking yoga, CrossFit, or Barre classes, and occasionally swimming.

What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?

I was most surprised by how much physical therapy has to offer as far as specialties and continuing training. Even though I recently finished my schooling, I can’t wait to keep learning for the rest of my career!

Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?

I will be pursuing further education to hone my current skills and will be working towards a pelvic rehabilitation practitioner certification.

What’s your go-to breakfast?

My go-to breakfast is eggs, toast using fresh and flavorful bread, and fruit.

What do you wish everyone knew about physical therapy?

I wish everyone knew that physical therapy isn’t only for recovering from an injury but overall to stay strong, improve performance and form. Exercise works!

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

A therapist must be able to listen.

What do you do to de-stress/unwind?

I like to read, go for walks, listen to music, practice yoga, and be out in nature breathing the fresh air.

Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me… sipping a cup of coffee under a soft blanket reading my book with my dog curled up beside me.

What is the best piece of wellness advice you’ve ever received?

Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others.

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