Meet the Clinical Team: Jodie

Jodie is a physical therapist with extensive experience in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

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Meet Jodie!

Jodie is a physical therapist with extensive experience in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. She is highly passionate about working with the aging population, specifically those with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Jodie believes that the route to recovery stems from creating a level of understanding of the what, why, and how of physical activity, pain education, and lifestyle modifications.

We sat down with Jodie to learn more about her career, passions, goals, and personal favorites.

Did you always know you wanted to be in healthcare?

No, I thought I wanted to be an engineer for a long time but then in high school, I shadowed a good family friend who worked as a physical therapist and never looked back.

Why did you decide to study physical therapy?

Shadowing my friend’s mom was a super eye-opening experience for me. She worked with skiers on the US ski team and had a really dynamic working day. I thrived off the fast pace atmosphere and creative problem-solving.

How many years have you been in healthcare?

7

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Collaborating with patients on their journey and establishing that working trust relationship. I once worked with a patient who was a dancer. She tore her MCL 2 weeks before opening weekend. I saw her every day until her show and helped guide her on how much to push and how much to conserve. Luckily, she could perform, and seeing her smile post-show was incredible. I really enjoy helping people advocate for their needs within healthcare and serving as a guide along the way.

What is the most common misconception about pain management?

That pain is only a physical manifestation. I enjoy educating people about other elements that can impact pain such as mental health, emotional health, and social health to name a few.

Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

I love to walk and explore new cities with my family. I recently just got back from Charleston where I showed my one-year-old daughter all the best things about the south. Bonus points, she learned to walk on the trip. Now it’s nonstop walking and exploring for us.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a 9lb chihuahua named Griffey. Some of his other alias names are Ken and Junior. We’re big baseball fans over here!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to check more of the Polynesian islands off my bucket list. Next up is Samoa. Our family loves archaeology and even has spent time working as field archaeologists across this area.

What’s your favorite way to relax after a long day?

Throw in my AirPods and get outside.

What are you most thankful for?

My health and my family.

What motivates you?

People! I love storytelling and hearing about other people’s experiences. I feed off of collaboration and excitability. Tell me a good story!

What’s your go-to meal?

Pizza by the slice on repeat.

About Kaia Health

Kaia’s digital therapy app offers 24/7 access to a clinically validated program and access to coaches and PTs to help alleviate back, neck, muscle, or joint pain. Through only a smartphone or tablet, Kaia’s technology guides members through proper exercise and provides real-time feedback on movements as accurately as a physical therapist.

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