Growing up as a gymnast with an undiagnosed connective tissue disorder meant that Janelle got injured on a fairly regular basis. That’s how she was first introduced to Physical Therapy. As she got older, Janelle realized that most people turn to medication any time their body isn’t doing exactly what they want it to do. While medications have their place and are often necessary, Janelle was inspired to join a field where rather than masking pain with medications, they’re actively using as much of the body’s natural functions as possible to fix or correct its own dysfunction. She’s extremely passionate about educating people about their bodily systems and teaching them how to think critically about how the systems work together to create good health. Her hope is that these efforts will help the communities she serves understand their bodies, be more independent and proactive with their health, and think critically about how to heal.
Raised in Dexter, Michigan, Janelle likes to spend time away from work baking, playing with her dogs, crafting, and listening to music. She’s also dedicated to her yoga practice and social activism, but when she’s relaxing at home, she often nerds out with D&D.
Central Michigan University: Doctrine
What makes me unique:
I have a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). This condition is one that is commonly associated with chronic pain. I am unique in the fact that I can empathize with my patients about their pain and dysfunction on a personal level. I understand the extreme vulnerability people feel as a patient and how that can directly affect one’s healthcare outcomes/goals.
Why do I practice healthcare:
I enjoy working in healthcare because it affords me the opportunity to help the person standing in front of me. There is nothing more inspiring and fulfilling than using your intellect, critical thinking, and hands-on skills to directly help a person who is in need of your expertise. I enjoy doing a job where I can see the difference I’m making.