Q: How/when did you become interested in becoming a PT?
A: I have always been an animal lover and vegetarian since the age of 13. I was terrified of dissecting the baby pig in biology class in high school and the only way around it was to take human anatomy instead. I am so thankful I did. It was my favorite class and the one that gave me some direction on what I wanted to do with my future. When examining all the career options in healthcare, Physical Therapy seemed like the perfect fit.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a PT?
A: There are many things I love about being a physical therapist that it is difficult to pick a favorite. Physical therapy is a fun and rewarding career. I enjoy helping others. I like the challenges I face with physical therapy and the many different patients I work with.
Q: What’s your least favorite part?
A: My least favorite thing about being a PT is the paperwork. I am sure that is a common least favorite response from most healthcare professionals.
Q: When/how did you become interested in yoga?
A: Yoga has been a part of my life for the last 10 years. I went to my first yoga class in college. I had sacroiliac joint pain and tension headaches. I was able resolve and manage both with yoga. Overall, my practice has been inconsistent but I always find my way back to the mat. It is a place of peace for me. Yoga focuses on developing a strong connection between the body and the mind. I am a better person when practicing consistently and it carries over in all avenues of my life. My husband will agree!
Q: What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
A: I love inversions. They are physically challenging and require me to fully focus on the moment and my breath. Plus, it feels great to be upside down!
Q: Both you and your husband are PTs. Is there any spousal rivalry going on?
A: Ha ha! No, it’s just the opposite. It is really nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and problem solve with.
Q: Baby #3 is due this July. Has this pregnancy been different than the first 2?
A: All of my pregnancies have been pretty similar. The difference has been in how I cared for myself when pregnant. During my first pregnancy I used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and did not consistently exercise. With my second, I was much healthier. I spent most of my time at home with my two year old son, which led to daily walks and frequent trips to the park. I continued to rollerblade, bike, and practice yoga. This pregnancy has been similar to my second. Finding time to exercise daily has been challenging but I have been able to keep up with my yoga practice and I try to take advantage of our nice days by walking, biking, or rollerblading with the kids.
Q: Are either of the kiddos showing signs of being PTs in the future?
A: My husband is a home healthcare physical therapist and has a traveling bag of supplies. The kids have not voiced an interest but love to play with the many PT tools such as a goniometer, stethoscope, and measuring tape. Stella is obsessed with animals so maybe a veterinarian? Wade will tell you he wants to be a superhero when he grows up. We like to pretend he is talking about us!
Q: Any hints about the name of kiddo #3?
A: We are struggling with finding a name for baby #3. Our son wants to name him Batman. If we don’t figure it out soon, we might have a little Bruce Wayne Greene running around the house in the near future. We are open to suggestions!
Good luck, Tara and Travis!