The Signs of Caring are everywhere at Aria!
At Aria, the Signs of Caring are everywhere! We caught up with Senior Physical Therapist Christina Magana while she was on the job and asked her about her role in caring for patients as part of the Aria Health system.
1. What's your official role at Aria Health?
I'm a Senior Physical Therapist. I have my DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degree in physical therapy.
2. How long have you been working at Aria Health?
I have been working at Aria for three and a half years. I began my career at the Frankford campus and transferred to the Bucks campus in January of 2013.
3. Why did you choose a career in healthcare?
I decided to begin a career in healthcare because I wanted a dynamic profession working with people and helping others.
4. What do you enjoy most about working at Aria?
The team atmosphere and approach. Working in a service industry, physical therapists encounter many challenges with patient personalities, physician demands, insurance demands, productivity demands, etc. Working at Aria has aided my professional and personal development. Relating to clinical practice, I love working for Aria because it allows me to practice hospital based outpatient physical therapy. I enjoy the variety of patients and conditions that this setting allows one to work with. I have worked with patients ranging in age from eight years to patients well into their nineties. This setting allows me to work with patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions, patients pre and post surgical, and with acute and chronic injuries. Also in a hospital based setting patients are usually more complex with multiple medical co-morbidities.
5. Is there a moment while working at Aria that stands out in your memory?
I was working with a patient with a hip injury. A few weeks after she was discharged secondary to achieving her goals, she called me to thank me and tell me that she ran the Philadelphia half marathon without pain. I was so happy for her, but also so appreciative that she took the time to thank me and update me on her progress. It is amazing when patients report a functional difference to you no matter if its walking at the mall without low back pain, the ability to finally get up out of a chair without using their hands, walk on grass or uneven surfaces without loss of balance, or run a half marathon because you truly hear how physical therapy made a difference in their quality of life.