Career Profile: Physical Therapist Assistant - Chris Weaver
Chris Weaver – Physical Therapist Assistant, NCOIC, Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education
I chose this career because…
I chose to become a physical therapist assistant because all of my life I have had an interest in health and science. My favorite subjects in high school were anatomy and physiology. When I was in high school, a physical therapist came to the school to work with the athletes who had been injured. That’s when I really became interested in the field of physical therapy. After high school, I decided to join the military because I knew my mom could not afford to send me to college. I knew the military would pay for my education and give me the opportunity, experience, and discipline to succeed in anything I chose to do.
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Education and Certification
• Physical Therapy Technician course and training, United States Army
•Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), Basic Life Support, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
My typical workday involves…
My typical workday begins at 5 a.m., and I normally go to the gym to workout. I get to work around 7 a.m. to schedule patients, and prepare the clinic for the day. I set-up the clinic by wiping down equipment and putting out linens. Our staff of about 40 people includes physical therapists, assistants, and administrative professionals.
Patients are seen from 8:00-12:00 a.m. and then from 1:00-4:00 p.m. I follow this schedule Monday through Friday and have weekends off.