Editor’s Note: In the interest of introducing patients to Capitol Rehab staff whom they may not often get to meet or work with, we’ve launched an occasional series that puts our team members in the spotlight.
Lyn Stewart has been a practicing physical therapist since 1990. Originally from Connecticut, Lyn is a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1990 with a bachelor of science and a masters degree in physical therapy.
Lyn originally worked in the field of inpatient rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation in Boston, and then at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. She began working with Capitol Rehab of Arlington at its inception in 1996.
1) Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I’m a native of New England. I was born in Flushing, N.Y., but grew up primarily in Connecticut.
2) Did you play sports in high school, and if so, what? Were you involved in other extracurricular activities?
I played field hockey, gymnastics, and softball. I went on to play field hockey in my first two years of college — until clinical internships interfered.
3) How did you end up going to your alma mater?
Springfield College had a family feel and they had one of the few Masters of Physical Therapy programs in the country at the time.
4) How did you meet your husband?
I was visiting a high school friend who lived in Virginia and played on a co-ed softball team with my now husband, Rob. She introduced us. We dated long distance for several years until eventually I moved to Arlington.
5) What’s your favorite part about living and working in Arlington?
I love the diversity and many interesting people who live in Arlington. Despite its size, Arlington has a small neighborhood feel. I appreciate how it is kid-friendly, has a lot of green space, and has a great history. It doesn’t hurt that work is a 7-minute commute.
6) Which clients do you find most interesting/challenging?
I really enjoy working with student athletes, taking time to educate them on their bodies and how to not only get themselves out of pain and back in the game, but also how to improve their sports performance.
7) How has working at Capitol Rehab of Arlington made you better at what you do?
Working at Capitol Rehab has allowed me to work with a great variety of patients, who are very intelligent and in most cases very active and want to return to their activities quickly. This has forced me to stay up with the current research, most effective treatments, and to think outside the box.
8) If you were in another profession, what would it be?
9) What’s your favorite pastime, and what do you like about it?
I love spending our summer vacations, going on 20+ years now, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Warm days and cool nights, great seafood, miniature golf, whale watches, relaxing on the beach during the day and bonfires at night. I take a breath of the salt air and I know I am home.
10) Anything you’d like to add about the practice or the services at Capitol Rehab of Arlington?
One-to-one hands-on patient care with the same doctor or physical therapist is important. We care about our patients like we care about our own families.