Foothills Sports Medicine is proud to have a staff of dedicated, hard-working, highly-trained professionals who are truly passionate about giving their patients the best care possible. Each month, we highlight a therapist who showcases our values and brings their very best to the clinic, day in and day out. This month, we spoke with Jennifer Ribbens, from our South Chandler physical therapy location.
Jennifer Ribbens grew up right here in Chandler, Arizona, and graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa. She joined the Foothills Sports Medicine team two years ago, in August 2014.
Jenni says she decided to become a physical therapist because she has “always had the passion to help others.” She also adds she enjoys the analysis and evaluation required in PT, because she can “figure out what is wrong, and what I can do to help make it better”. Jenni’s typical workday involves working with a variety of patients in both age and condition. She treats patients whose ages range from 7 to 92, and treats a variety of body parts from head to toe. She also adds, “I enjoy lunch breaks visiting with my co-workers, and end my evenings relaxing with my husband.”
Jenni’s favorite part of being a physical therapist is “being able to work with a wide variety of people and getting to meet people from so many walks of life.” Most importantly, she says, is getting the opportunity to make a lasting impact on patients’ lives. She also enjoys going to work because her coworkers are “like family, and I get to spend each weekday with them.”
Jenni regards keeping up to date on new treatment skills as one of the most challenging aspects of her job, because “the medical field is constantly changing.” She hopes to one day specialize in working with breast cancer patients, to help them with their symptoms of decreased range of motion and lymphedema.
For people who are interested in pursuing a career as a physical therapist, Jenni said, “[PT] is a very rewarding career and provides a unique opportunity to work and meet with many different people. My advice would be to soak up your school years and learn as much as you can, but also know that the learning never stops”.
When she is not busy at work in the clinic, Jenni says she enjoys camping, hiking, traveling with her husband and spending time with her family in the area. While at work, however, she says she feels lucky to be part of the Foothills Sports Medicine family.