Kacie Lyding is a Phoenix native and a physical therapist at our Tempe physical therapy location. She received a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Biola University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern
Arizona University. Three years ago, while Kacie was coaching softball, she was busy searching for a good company known for providing quality physical therapy, and found Foothills Sports Medicine. She’s been a valued member of our team here ever since!
Kacie has been an athlete for most of her life, but unfortunately an high school injury led her to end up in physical therapy. However, this injury had a silver lining – Kacie had always wanted to work in the medical field, and through this experience, she discovered that she enjoyed the environment of physical therapy and admired therapists’ ability to build a relationship with patients. This led her to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
The best aspect of being a physical therapist is “seeing people make progress or get better”, she says. “The first time someone’s able to do something after surgery, or after an injury, that they didn’t think they would be able to do again—such as running, or walking without a walker—and being a part of that progress, is the best part of my job.”
Everyday, Foothills staff members are busy seeing patients and writing notes, which as Kacie says, may not be “super glamorous” but is an important aspect of their work. When asked about advice she would give someone thinking about a career in physical therapy, her response was to “go for it”. Obviously people looking into this career should make sure physical therapy is something they are passionate about, but she “would encourage them to go to PT school over other fields because it’s a fun and rewarding job”.
Kacie recently completed an 18-month program that made her one of the few sports certified specialists in Arizona. She uses this knowledge as an additional resource to provide her patients with the highest level of care possible. When she’s not busy at work, she likes to run, work out, spend time with friends, and travel.