Agnes Rivera, Physical Therapist
What is the essence of what you do?
As a Physical Therapist, I help people achieve their optimal physical function and improve their quality of life not just by examining and prescribing exercises but also by being compassionate and attentive to their needs/goals. Doctors may add years to life but Physical Therapists add life to years.
What are some of your personal interest outside of work?
During my free time I like to binge-watch Korean and medical dramas. I love spending time with my friends and family. I’m also a big fan of nature and beaches even though I’m not a good swimmer.
What are some of the things you believe in? It can be a favorite quote or words of wisdom, etc.— something that identifies you.
Be Patient. For me it’s important to not rush things, don’t take shortcuts and just enjoy the moment. Just like what the bible said “When the time is right, I, the Lord will make it happen”. The same thing goes for Physical therapy. The road to recovery can be a long process but as long as you work hard, do your best, have patience and believe in yourself, you will get there. You will achieve your goals.
What do you like most about working for this organization?
I like how everyone is a hard-worker, works as a team and supportive which makes working with them easy and fun.
What do you like most about caring for patients?
The feeling of fulfilment when they start showing improvements no matter how small and when they thank you for helping them get better even though they’re the ones who did the hard work.
Why did you choose to become a physical therapist?
Because I was told, Physical therapists make a lot of money. But as I started meeting real patients during my internship, I realized it’s not just about making money but also creating connections to my patients. I love how I get to be able to help them regain their function but also, get to know them and treat them like a friend or family.
What do you think your patients like about you?
That I always check in on them if they’re doing okay or if there’s anything I can help them with. I want to make them feel that I truly care about them and comfortable to let me know if they start feeling uneasy or have any concerns.
What do you think the patients like the most about the organization?
I think patients like that staffs are friendly, dedicated, and committed to providing the best care possible to guide them in improving their quality of life.