This month’s physical therapist of the month is Lori Francoeur, PT, MSPT, and CSCS, from our Ahwatukee physical therapy location.
Lori has been practicing physical therapy for 15 years, 13 of which have been at Foothills. A typical work day for Lori consists of seeing and treating between 20 and 27 patients of all different ages and injuries. Lori is also a co-owner of the facility, which adds responsibilities to her day like taking care of insurance or authorization issues.
“It’s fast-paced and busy, so a 9 or 10 hour day goes by pretty quickly,” Lori said.
Being located in Ahwatukee, Lori treats many injuries that are the result of active patients in a young and active community. Lori said the worst injury she’s ever seen was a cyclist who was hit at about 45 miles per hour by a vehicle that ran a red light.
“It was almost easier to ask what wasn’t fractured or injured to treat him. Recovery took around 8 months or a year, but he made a full recovery and now he’s back competing in triathlons,” she said.
Lori likes to stay active outside of work and enjoys hiking and running. Lori has hiked Machu Picchu, Yellowstone, trails in Hawaii, and other various spots around Arizona. Lori is also co-manager of a running group at the facility and greatly enjoys running. Her active lifestyle has caused her to experience some arthritis in her knees and a few minor injuries such as ankle sprains, but her knowledge of medicine and physical therapy has helped her recover and treat herself.
“I’m mostly pretty healthy and I’m very thankful for that. My injuries have all been ones I’ve been able to bounce back from,” Lori said.
Lori hopes to continue working as she is now until she can retire and travel, but until then she is content with her profession.
“I love the company, I love the people I work with, I love the work that I do. Really happy with where I’m at right now,” Lori said.