“I grew up in Montana in a small town, and not in the pretty part most people picture when they think of Montana! In high school, I was really involved in sports and athletics and had a good group of friends. During my sophomore year of high school I decided I wanted to be a physical therapist and after shadowing and getting first-hand experience decided to stick with it. For college, I received a scholarship for pole vaulting and track for the University of Mary.”
Ann also mentioned she earned her undergraduate degree in pre-physical therapy and a subsequent doctorate in physical therapy.
2) What's your professional background?
“I feel I have really good general practitioner experience because throughout my career I’ve seen and enjoyed a little bit of everything.”
“It’s hard to decide in what to specialize in, but I started my career as a traveling physical therapist right out of school, then went to skilled nursing, and then a private practice outpatient setting - mostly orthopedic, balance, and general treatments. While I don’t feel like I have a specific specialization, I have taken courses in vestibular, balance, sports, and women's health and pelvic floor issues. After I had kids, I went in to school IEP and started working with children. Being a physical therapist, there's a lot of things you can do, and I love that! I’ve dabbled in a lot of different things!”
3) What drew you to want to become a physical therapist?
“I always liked sports and athletics, especially watching people move and understanding how being a specialist in knowing how people move can affect performance; it’s really cool! As a physical therapist, I have always felt that exercise is medicine, and being able to program an exercise routine that can help a patient move better is awesome. Whether that’s getting someone to move without knee pain, to helping women with incontinence, as a therapist you can change someone's ability to move and subsequent quality of life. I feel fortunate to be able to take what I love, exercise and sport, and make it a living.”
4) What led you to choose Luna?
“Before kids, I was career women totally fine working 40 hours a week. Then kids came along and it was harder to work and be a mom. Particularly with how expensive childcare is here in the bay area. Initially, I stayed home with my son for a year, then went back to work as an on-demand therapist. I got to pick and choose how much I wanted to work, like working a day or two a week, and that worked great. So with Luna, having flexibility in my schedule is huge. Now with two kids even more so. Luna is exactly that. A huge amount of flexibility and can get paid for what I love to do!”
5) What do you love about what you do?
“I love that sometimes with your patients it is the simple things that make the biggest differences. For example, having back pain? Let’s work on core."
"When a patient follows the treatment plan and no longer has pain, it’s the best! You can implement something and you see results. It's a true win-win.”
6) What's the best part of being a part of the Lunaverse?
“The best part of Luna is working in something similar to an outpatient clinic, but with the flexibility to see people when I have availability. I can have increased patient treatment times to better get down to the root problem. Luna allows me to have better quality care, instead of an imposed quota of seeing patients every thirty minutes. I can provide good quality care, without stressing about the numbers. While some clinics I worked for were okay, it seems the trend lately is getting worse with extreme quotas needing to be met. Sometimes I only had a half hour to do an evaluation. It was so stressful and hard, and I knew I wasn’t giving the quality of care my patients deserved because it was so hard to accommodate the time needed to dig deep into the issue. I always try to give my patients everything, so with those imposed time demands I didn’t feel set up for success. With Luna, I know I’m set up for success.”
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7) Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
“Dinner with my husband. Since we had kids, we’ve been so busy and don't spend enough time together!"
8) For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
“I feel grateful for my current work-life balance; not a lot of people can say that. It can be hard when you have a family in the valley - my husband works hard, and we have two beautiful kids - to do all of that and not get stressed out seems rare. It feels like a lot of people work, work, work, but don’t have that work life balance and can get burned out and down. I can spend time with my kids, and get to do what I love - PT. I feel very lucky.”
9) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
“I wish I could not get tired at the end of the day. Like have my two-year old’s energy: go, go, go, go, and never needs to rest…. but without coffee. In short, a surplus of energy; without coffee!”