Featured Traveler: Amanda D
It’s that time again! Time to show off one of our amazing travelers and we’re happy to announce that the featured traveler for the month of May is Amanda D! Her recruiter Kat, only had awesome things to say!
I love working with Amanda because she is extremely professional and takes her position with Advanced Medical serious! She has a great sense of humor and the passion she has for everything in her life amazes me. She is loyal, down to earth, and just a down right good person! She has made a wonderful addition to the Advanced Medical family as she exudes everything we look for in a traveler and I am looking forward to a long term relationship with her. She is by far one of my best travelers!
The 411 On Amanda
Why or how did you get into therapy? I, like so many others in high school, was panicking that I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a blessing in disguise, I ended up suffering a sports injury my senior year that I had to receive physical therapy for, and fell in love with the profession. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist. As I learned more about the wide scope of PT in my undergraduate years, I fell even more in love with it.
Hobbies? I love to travel and to dance. I have traveled to every continent except Australia and Antarctica, but with any luck, I’ll soon be seeing them as well. My dancing is equally varied and I have dabbled in everything from Ballroom to Latin to Swing dances. My dances of choice right now are Tango and West Coast Swing, which I have the pleasure of enjoying with my boyfriend, who also dances.
Favorite travel location and why? I have only traveled to one location so far, but I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people in a beautiful area and decided to stay here since I started as a traveler in September of 2013. I am currently working in St. Mary’s County in Maryland, which is a refreshing, but stark, contrast from the rest of Maryland. It is very rural with an abundance of farm lands and state parks, and the home to the Amish, which I, among many others, had not previously realized lived in Maryland. I think this area is the best kept secret of Maryland, and I would not have known about it had I not started as a traveling PT.
Where would your dream assignment be and why? My favorite assignment would probably be an international one to Australia as they are internationally recognized for their expertise in the physiotherapy community and I would also love to travel to Australia.
Family? I currently do not have a family of my own yet, but being a traveling PT is allowing me to make a dent in my student loans faster so that I can focus on a family in the near future without having my student loans looming over me.
If you could have one superpower what would it be, and why? This is a tough one, but I think I would have to go with the ability to make people laugh. Laughter is such an important part of life and one that, especially our patients, benefit from as they try to overcome their physical challenges. Not only does it release serotonin, but it has been proven to help lengthen life and, from my experience, helps people enjoy and appreciate the life they have even more.
Way to go, Amanda! You rock!