Kelley Brink, PTA, is originally from Virginia Beach then moved to Smithfield at four years old and has lived there ever since. She joined the Tidewater family in April of 2015.
Kelley grew up playing basketball and volleyball but her main focus was on fast pitch softball playing for a travel team along with high school team. After high school Kelley moved on to James Madison University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Studies in 2011. So after she completed enrolled at Riverside College of Heath Careers where she studied to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.
Kelley says, “My first exposure to physical therapy was as a patient, actually at the same clinic that I am currently working. I was able to experience firsthand the impact physical therapy can have on decreasing pain and improving quality of life. I love being able to work with patients throughout their rehab process and seeing them progress. I love getting to work with the people in my community.”
She enjoys treating a variety of patients from older adults to young athletes with sports related injuries. Her specialties include general practice therapies with an emphasis on athlete rehabilitation and fall prevention.
“When I first started getting into physical therapy a therapist told me, anything can be therapy, as long as you have solid reasoning behind it. I think that piece of advice has really inspired me to utilize creative exercises and activities when treating patients. I believe it is important to keep therapy interesting and fun, while not losing sight of the main goals,” says Kelley.
One of Kelley’s favorite patients had Guillian-Barré Syndrome, and started his physical therapy treatment in a wheelchair. After long days of therapy and home exercise he never lost the drive to improve. His positive attitude and hard work paid off. “I feel that having a positive outlook makes a big impact on outcome and this patient really embodied that principle. I will never forget the feeling of seeing him walk into the clinic without an assistive device and hearing the stories of all the things he has been doing and adventures he had planned. He had his life back and that is what physical therapy is all about,” says Kelley.
In her spare time out of the clinic you can find her spending time with friends and family. She loves being outdoors at the beach. One of her favorite pastimes is looking for sea glass along the shore.