Editor’s Note: In the interest of introducing patients to Capitol Rehab staff whom they may not know, we run an occasional series that puts our team members in the spotlight. Meet the newest member of the Capitol Rehab of Arlington team, physical therapist Christine Springer.
1) Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Washington, D.C., at Sibley Hospital. I grew up in Falls Church and Vienna.
2) Did you play sports in high school, and if so, what?
I went to McLean High School and was on the varsity swim team all four years.
3) How did you end up going to your college/university/higher education alma mater?
In high school, I dreamed of going away to a big school for college. A friend of mine got a book about the “public ivy league schools” and it mentioned The University of Texas at Austin. Even though I hadn’t been to Texas at the time, I decided I wanted to go there. It was a great adventure and I loved being a Longhorn. Hook ‘Em!
4) How did you end up in Arlington? What’s your favorite part about living and working in Arlington?
In 2015, I decided to move back to NOVA (from Austin) because I wanted to be closer to my family. I love Arlington for its great restaurants and dog-friendly culture (I have a greyhound named Jasper). But my favorite part of living in Arlington is being able to drop by and see my nephews (ages 2 and 4) whenever I want!
5) What aspect of your job do you find most challenging/rewarding?
I enjoy figuring out the puzzle of injuries — what’s causing the pain, what’s contributing to the problem, and what’s the most efficient way to solve it. Everyone’s body is a little different, so it’s fun to figure out what unique combination of things is going to work for them.
6) Which clients do you find most interesting or challenging?
Athletes are both interesting and challenging because they are so motivated to get better that often times, they push themselves to go back before they are ready. I enjoy helping them to manage the mental aspect of recovery so they are able to make good choices and return to sport without any setbacks.
7) If you were in another profession, what would it be?
I’d love to be an announcer for Sunday Night Football. Or maybe a sommelier. 🙂
8) What’s your favorite pastime, and what do you like about it?
In addition to the usual suspects (hiking, traveling, and drinking red wine), my favorite nerdy pastime is reading mindset and personal development books. Our brains are so powerful and I love understanding more about how your beliefs can influence everything from your health to your career success.