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Meet Bridget Dungan

We are excited to welcome Bridget Dungan to the Finish Line Physical Therapy team! Bridget will be joining us through March as she completes a clinical affiliation. Here’s a little more about her:

Where did you do your undergrad, and what did you study?
I went to Middlebury College, in Middlebury, VT. I was a double major in Bio-Psych and Spanish. After graduating I was unsure of what I wanted to do, and my interest in sports led me to start a career in sports television. I worked mostly for College Sports TV (CSTV), a startup network which then became CBS College Sports. I started out producing game highlights and then went on to produce human interest stories about college athletes. I also freelanced for NBC at the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics doing similar work. I went to PT school at Hunter.

What made you want to be a physical therapist?
After a few years working in television I started to feel like something was missing. At the same time, I began to realize that my favorite sports stories to produce were the recovery stories. This realization, coupled with my own rehab experiences (I’ve had two ACL tears and a meniscus tear), led me towards physical therapy.

I have a very distinct memory from the Beijing Olympics. I was at the Water Cube (the aquatics center), and I saw Dara Torres over in the corner being worked on by her therapist. At that moment, I had a strong feeling that I was on the wrong side, that I was supposed to be working with the athletes, not just telling their stories.

What do you hope to do in the future?
I hope to work with all kinds of athletes, from competitors to weekend warriors. My dream is to one day return to an Olympic games but this time as a physical therapist.

What are you most excited about being at FLPT?
I feel lucky to have been placed at Finish Line. I am excited to learn their functional approach to rehabilitation, which will further build upon what I’ve learned previously.

Are you a runner or athlete?
I played soccer from childhood through most of college, and then shortly after graduating I discovered the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira, which I have been practicing ever since. I have been to Brazil on several occasions for training and once to compete. I enjoy running, which I do for cross training and for pleasure. And when it’s not below freezing, I prefer my bicycle to the subway.

Outside of school & work, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel. My favorite destinations have been in South and Central America, but India is next on my list. I also like to go hiking, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. I have recently started practicing yoga, and I love to get lost in a good book.