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April 13th, 2014

Meet Jennifer Wolff

We are excited to welcome Jennifer Wolff to the Finish Line Physical Therapy team! Jenn will be joining us through May 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 actually went to The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for undergrad. I have a Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising Management. PT is a second career for me. Prior to PT school I worked as a Manager at Macy’s on 34th street and a Brand Manager for Michael Kors, doing visual work at Bloomingdales on 59th street. I went to PT school at Hunter College.

What made you want to be a physical therapist?
I wanted to pursue a career where I felt I was making a difference in people’s lives. I swam competitively from the age of 8 to 18. I was lucky enough to never have to go to physical therapy for a swimming injury, but I knew a lot about PT because all of my fellow swimmers had injuries. However, I was not so lucky in running. I ran track in high school to stay in shape for swimming. I have very pronated feet, and I’m a distance runner, so I was always in pain. I had two stress fractures in my tibia in two years. I am very competitive so it was hard for me to be sidelined from a sport. I had such a hard time finding a therapist when I was injured, which is what sparked my interest in PT.

I was so excited to find FLPT because I am able to learn and work with people who love the sport of running as much–if not more than–I do. I understand our patients’ frustrations with being injured, and I love that I can help them get back to their sport.

What do you hope to do in the future?
I hope to be able to work athletes. I know that it’s hard when you’re held back from the sport you love, and it’s a great feeling to be able to get a patient back to sport again.

What are you most excited about being at FLPT?
I love the functional approach to rehab. I took the Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) from the Gray Institute online prior to starting at FLPT, and the course opened my eyes to a totally different approach to rehab. It’s nothing like anything I learned in school, so I’m excited to put it into practice.

Tell us a little more about your athletic background!
I swam competitively for 10 years and went to YMCA Nationals for the 50 and 100-meter backstroke. I ran cross country in middle school and outdoor track in middle school and high school. By my senior year of high school, I was so burnt out from swimming that I gave up my scholarship to Siena College and decided to just focus on college.

After a year of not competing, I missed it. This is when I joined the FIT cross country team, just for fun. It was such a great experience. I was captain of the team my senior year, and I received the Scholar Athlete Award for the Women’s Half Marathon. I had a great coach, Toby Tanser, who was a former sponsored runner for Mizuno and runs a charity called Shoe4Africa in NYC. He got me involved in New York Road Runners, and I’ve been running ever since.

Outside of school & work, what do you like to do in your free time?
Although I don’t work in fashion anymore I still love clothes. I spend a little too much of my free time shopping. (If you ever need to know what sample sales are going on just ask me!) I have also started weight/strength training; I love combining strength training with running.

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