Doctor of Physical Therapy
Rockhurst University (KS)
Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from California State University, Long Beach
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member
Driven by a desire to help others improve their quality of life, regardless of age or ability, Kayla takes an insightful approach to physical therapy. While in college and working as a PT tech, one of her patients exhibited Type A personality traits and was really struggling in therapy as a result. “She was frustrated that her healing was not progressing more rapidly.” It was at that point that Kayla decided to take a more personal approach to see if she could help her patient emerge from that dark place of negativity and foster a more positive outlook. Kayla shares, “I performed her exercises with her. I spent a lot of time talking with her. We were eventually able to work through the emotional aspects of her recovery which allowed her to gain a whole new perspective on the process. Witnessing and being a part of that transformation was very rewarding.” Kayla now fully realized that physical therapy involved treating the whole person, not just one injured area.
While she enjoys treating PT patients of all ages, when Kayla was a child, she wanted to be a pediatrician. “For some reason, I loved being in hospitals! When I was sick and my parents took me to the doctor, I would get so excited that I would no longer appear sick. It drove my mom nuts!,” she says. “When it was time to start down a career path, I realized I did not want to prescribe medications and I wanted to see my patients frequently. A few friends of mine were exploring PT so I figured ‘why not, I’ll test the metaphorical waters of PT, too.’ I discovered that I loved the one-on-one treatment that PTs are able to provide, as well as the long-term continuity of care.” With a strong passion for helping people find ways to improve themselves, Kayla is very grateful for the opportunity to do so as a PT at Sport + Spine.