Foothills Physical Therapist of the Month: Harrison Williams

May 8, 2017

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy was founded on patient-first ideals and hands-on, individualized physical therapy practices. Each month we highlight an individual therapist’s contribution to the Foothills Sports Medicine community; this month we spoke with Harrison Williams.
Harrison Williams likes to think about things in the bigger picture. When a patient comes to him with their unique set of difficulties, he takes a step back and really considers how to get them back to doing what they love most.
“I don’t want to waste anyone’s time,” he says. “What matters most to me are patient outcomes.”
Harrison has been with Foothills for just over a year but is already being recognized for his work with his patients and fellow clinicians. Working at the Biltmore location, he gets to work with a diverse group of patients and a trusted team.
He likes to approach things from all sides and is constantly trying to learn new things. Harrison is also a tech coordinator at Foothills where he works with PTs and PTAs to improve their techniques and strengthen their relationships with patients. They focus on identifying patient problems, explaining exercises, and improving verbal cues with patients among other things.
Harrison recently completed his Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), which has only furthered his hands-on approach to physical therapy.
“I just focus on getting better,” he says. “I want to know that both my patients and fellow clinicians view me as someone that not only helps patients to get better, but also as a resource to them.”
Harrison grew up in Fresno, California where he later studied the Classics—Classical Latin and Ancient Greek—in his undergrad. After teaching Latin at a charter school in Fresno, he made his way to Maryland to get his masters in Literature and Philosophy.
Harrison says studying literature and philosophy taught him how to really think, a skill he uses every day working at Foothills. Being a Latin teacher also taught him patience, another skill that is very advantageous as a physical therapist.
In fact, he didn’t have much insight into physical therapy at all until a soccer injury broke the head of his fibula. But after completing his masters, Harrison was tired of “theoretical” thinking and wanted to actively help people.
After moving to Phoenix to teach at a prep school, his career changed relatively quickly. He wanted to get into something more physical, and always had a passion for neuroscience and pain science, so he decided to attend the Northern Arizona University Phoenix Biomedical Campus to get his Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).
After completing his program, he accepted a position with Foothills where he continues to educate himself every day.
His advice to anyone looking into becoming a physical therapist is two fold: stay curious and find people who are excellent at what they do. He recommends spending time in multiple clinics to understand the day in and day out nuances of being a physical therapist and aligning yourself with different specialists, even if you aren’t interested in following their footsteps.
If you think you may need physical therapy in Arizona, contact your local Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy clinic. Schedule your free online assessment here today to receive hands-on care from one of our amazing PTs like Harrison!

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