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MEET A MEMBER: Samantha Caravette, PT Early Career Board Liaison

Tuesday, January 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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MEET A MEMBER: Samantha Caravette, PT Early Career Board Liaison

The IPTA is proud of members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession.

- Samantha Caravette, PT
IPTA Early Career PT Board Liaison
Member since 2016

Early career professionals (PTs and PTAs within their first five years of practice) represent a large amount of IPTA's membership.

To ensure that the membership category in which they represent have a means to communicate and convey issues with the Board of Directors, appointed individuals serve as our PT and PTA Early Career Board Liaisons.

As we begin 2019, Samantha Caravette, PT, DPT begins her appointment as IPTA's Early Career Board Liaison (1/19-12/20). In getting to know Sam, we asked What inspired you to become a physical therapist?

Caravette: "As a student, when asked this same question, I believe my answer was about my interest in the medical field and how physical therapy specifically drew me in because of the individualized time and care that was dedicated to each patient. That remains the source of my inspiration, however, as a practicing physical therapist, I feel that I was also inspired by the idea of inspiring others. One of the most fundamental practices underlying all my treatments is to facilitate a level of confidence in my patients that compliments their functional mobility progress. I love that this career allows me to push people to their limits and conquer obstacles they never believed they would overcome."

As a student, you previously served as IPTA's Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) President and now you are a licensed PT. What has surprised you the most during this recent transition, and how do you think that IPTA could help early career members prepare for this type of career surprise?

Caravette: "The thing that most surprised me about the transition from SPT to PT was how ready I was take on the responsibility of being a licensed professional. When I first started at my job, I remember the initial terror I felt of not having a CI nearby to assist me and step in when necessary. My patients were my patients and I was the one responsible for ensuring their progression and appropriate discharge disposition. However, once I started to explore my own approach, I realized how prepared I felt to take charge of situations by utilizing my education and clinical experience. Unfortunately, this also comes with the realization that you don’t know everything! I believe one of the most important things the IPTA can do to assist early career members is to have a strong mentorship program to facilitate discussion regarding the areas our education or clinicals may not have necessarily prepared us for. "

Sam, if you had the attention of all members, what message would you like to convey? 

Caravette: "No matter what setting you are in, be an advocate for your patient! One of the greatest advantages we have as PT/PTAs is the amount of time we spend treating and understanding our patients. By advocating for our patients, in any capacity, we promote our goal of providing comprehensive, quality healthcare."

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