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Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick

Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick

Katie Baick, PT, DPT, 26 R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Balitmore MD Physical Therapist

Dept. of Labor, Career Voyages, In Demand: Careers in Health Care

What do you do on a typical day?

I start my day by reviewing my caseload. After that, I spend the entire day seeing patients. Because I work with patients who have brain and spinal cord injuries, I work with them mostly on functional mobility. I help my patients work on getting out of bed, regaining balance and navigating stairs.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

The relationships I build with my patients. Trauma patients are typically young and most often have been involved in some kind of accident – car, motorcycle, diving. The patients I see usually have a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. I see them in the critical state and through rehab. To see where they’ve been and where they are after therapy is a humongous reward for me. To know I played a part in their recovery is the best part about my job.

How did you get interested in your field?

When I was in college, I neede extra money for spring break. So I got a job as a physical therapy aide in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy office. I was in pre-med at the time. While working there, I realized that doctors have such a brief relationship with their patients, whereas physical therapists can spend weeks, even months with their patients,. I knew then that I wanted to spend time with patients.

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