If Chandra McFarlands’s brother had not injured his knee playing high school basketball, she may have never discovered her calling to become a physical therapist. Driving him to his PT appointments provided valuable interaction with her brother’s therapist.
“He was a great therapist,” Chandra says. “He was an educator, who was extremely engaged with his patients. I knew at 16 I wanted to be a PT.”
Growing up, Chandra’s military family moved frequently. She had the opportunity to live throughout the southern United States, Panama and even Jordan. But she returned to the state where she was born to attend college. In 2006, she earned a degree from Arkansas Tech University and subsequently attended Physical Therapy school at the University of Central Arkansas.
Chandra joined Tidewater in 2014, quickly implementing her personal treatment philosophy of informative care, exercise and manually-based approaches.
“My number one goal is to educate the patient, so they can become independent in the treatment process,” she says. “I want each person to gain an understanding of their condition and what they can do to resolve their pain, including a solid home exercise program.”
With a strong background in orthopedics, Chandra has worked extensively with immediate post-surgical patients. Outside the clinic, however, she loves to travel and spend time outdoors. Also, she recently began running. Chandra is inspired by motivated, driven patients who are eager to make a difference in their own success.
“Embrace everything you do with a positive outlook,” she advises. “You only get one life, so you might as well enjoy every minute.”