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Meet Rebecca Smith of Core Values Physical Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Smith.

Hi Rebecca, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a physical therapist and graduated from Boston University in 2010 with my doctorate. I have always loved sports and medicine. My dad is an orthopedist and my mom a nurse. I played collegiate water polo, and I hurt my back my freshman year of college, resulting in me needing physical therapy. I loved the profession immediately and knew that is what I wanted to do for work. I was able to work in various sport’s medicine clinics over the last ten years, but in 2019, I decided it was time for me to open up my own business and become my own boss.

My passion is working with runners, moms, and CrossFit athletes. Movement is my passion. It is what I do, it is who I am, and truthfully, it should be important to everyone since we all move. Our bodies were designed for movement, and we are healthier and happier when we can move freely and without pain. I love helping my clients find their ideal movement patterns to utilize their bodies to their fullest potential. Motherhood is not easy. I struggled a lot during my pregnancy and postpartum time. I did not bounce back after baby like they show in magazines and on social media. I had postpartum depression, difficulty nursing, and difficulty connecting with my newborn infant. These conversations need to be part of the norm so mothers don’t feel so isolated and judged after having children. Pregnancy and childbirth are huge traumas to the body, and we need to give our bodies the time and movement to help ourselves heal appropriately. Being a mom has definitely given me the strength and courage to go out on my own and start my own business. I strive to be the most amazing physical therapist, entrepreneur, mother and athlete I can be. I also can accept that I am a mom and that is woven into the fabric of my business. Sometimes my son is sick and wants to cuddle instead of me going for a run or writing that blog. I want my son and the community to know what various definitions of strong women can look like and to celebrate that along with movement and health.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The biggest struggle has been in having confidence in myself and overcoming imposter syndrome. I was constantly second-guessing my ability to manage being a mom, an athlete, a physical therapist and a business owner. Luckily I have a phenomenal support system that help lift me up and encourages me to be the best I can be that day.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Core Values Physical Therapy?
My company is a performance-based physical therapy and wellness clinic that works with athletes and active adults on all aspects of the health spectrum. I specialize in working with runners, CrossFit athletes and moms. I understand these sports from the inside out and am able to connect the person in front of me back to the sport they are trying to accomplish. I am most proud of the fact that I work one on one with all of my clients and take the time to email, text, and talk to everyone as much as they need to make sure they are achieving their goals. I offer dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM or Graston), soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations, mobility work, functional strengthening, barbell work, and running assessments. I will not just be your physical therapist but also your friend, workout buddy and cheerleader.

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