Physical Therapist Profile – Kristin McNealus, PT, DPT, ATP
Master’s in physical therapy from Boston University, 2004
Doctoral degree in physical therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2009
Kristin McNealus knew she wanted to be a physical therapist when he was a child, when she visited a children’s hospital and watched a patient get aqua therapy. "I decided, ‘That’s what I want to do!’" says McNealus. Today, she has been a practicing physical therapist for nearly nine years. She recently launched SCI Total Fitness, an online exercise program for people with spinal cord injuries. In her spare time, she keeps fit herself and has completed three marathons and more than 20 triathlons, including the Ironman.
Question: What keeps you doing it day in and day out?
McNealus: "It’s the best job ever! I get to see people get better and overcome significant obstacles!"
Question: How and why did you branch out into starting your own online exercise program?
McNealus: "It is imperative for everyone to stay healthy. A lot of my patients were going home and didn’t have good access to exercise. Whether it was transportation issues or lack of proper facilities, they just couldn’t work out. I came up with this solution."
Question: What advice do you have for people just starting their education or their professional career?
McNealus: "First, volunteer! Make sure it’s the right career for you before spending all the time and money. Second, learn all the avenues PT can take you! Don’t limit yourself."