Meet our Physical Therapist Aryelle
Where are you from?
I grew up right here in CNY! I lived in Fulton, NY most of my life and graduated from G. Ray Bodley high school. Right before college, I moved to Cicero, NY and am still there!
Where did you go to school?
I went to Nazareth College in Rochester for both my bachelor’s and doctorate degree. While in the undergraduate phase of my studies, I majored in Health Sciences and Psychology before completing 3 years of doctoral studies for Physical Therapy. Most of my friends in college are from the Rochester area, so I do visit as often as I can!
What got you interested in Physical Therapy?
Growing up, I was in and out of PT for about 4-5 consecutive years due to sports related injuries and surgeries. I remember working with a PTA who made it his mission to show me my progress and always made sure that we were on the same page. I knew I wanted to do exactly that someday. BUT, instead of sports-related PT, I found a deep-rooted passion for neurological diagnoses. Struggling with exercise for most of my life, it became my personal mission to shift the lens of exercise and movement to things that can be fun and enjoyable. And…well. Here I am!
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
When I am not at work, you can pretty much always find me spending time with my friends or my family. In the summertime, I love going camping or being by the water. In the fall, you can always catch me watching football on Monday, Thursdays, and Sundays with a crockpot recipe nearby. Every once in a while I will go on a reading frenzy, grabbing my current read and hermiting myself away for an afternoon.
Why am I in private practice?
As a new graduate PT, I knew that my first place of employment was going to be the foundational groundwork for who I was going to become as a physical therapist. After looking far and wide, I knew that Engage was the only choice that made sense! The mentorship that is available in private practice was also one of the biggest draws I had to this setting. I wouldn’t trade the relationships I’ve made with my peers or patients for anything! 😀