Homestead Physical Therapy
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
The accomplishment that comes to mind is the first time I finished the century ride during Bike MS. It might seem like more of a physical accomplishment, but for me, it was the first time I realized how my own efforts can impact not just myself and my community but the world as a whole. It was also representative of how I've changed my mindset over the past few years. I've decided that it's worth diving into challenges and risking failure, especially when you are fighting for a cause you believe in.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
My primary goal for the next 5 years is to finish my Master's Degree in counseling. I hope to incorporate my skills as a Physical Therapist Assistant and my education as a counselor to help people in our community work through their challenges such as chronic pain, injuries, and permanent disabilities.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
As I mentioned earlier I have had the opportunity to be involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since my friend was diagnosed a few years ago. I have been able to help by being captain of a Walk MS team, instructing walking pole courses, and now I focus on being an advocate for the Bike MS Bighorn Country Classic. Last year our Bike MS team raised over $5000 to fund research that will end MS.
What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?
The event I've been involved with that I've seen make a big difference in Laramie is the Rowdy Gowdy Women's bike camps. I got to the chance to be a volunteer at the camp last May and it was an incredible experience. Women of all ages were able to get outside and learn technical skills on their bikes. The fun and encouraging atmosphere inspired many women to take on challenges that would've scared them otherwise. Laramie is an active community with access to beautiful trails and this camp empowers women in our community to take advantage of them.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I love Laradise and especially the outdoors community here. The thing I currently find the most exciting is the Pilot Hill Project. I hope that this project will ensure that we have more open space and clean water in Laramie for many years to come. I am dreaming about being able to bike or ride my horse from town up into Happy Jack or Vedauwoo, especially since the trails that have been built at the Schoolyard are already so fun.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I am a team player and believe that the support I have had from this community is why I have been successful in my endeavors. I have some incredible co-workers that have stepped up to join me with Bike MS and have been flexible even when I chose to go back to school. I also have an amazing church family at Rock Laramie that encourages me to grow. Plus my husband who believes in me even when I doubt myself.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
My advice would be to get connected. Laramie has a ton to offer, but sometimes you need someone to point it out. Whether or not you have specific goals in mind getting involved with an organization whether professional or philanthropic can help you get connected to your community. It's a great way to learn more about what opportunities are available.
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Thank you all for this opportunity and for your support of young professionals in Laramie.