Mary E. Smith, PT
Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY
Why did you choose this profession?
I enjoy being active and want others to be able to enjoy it as well! Decreasing pain and improving movement dysfunction is a very rewarding and effective way to help someone achieve that goal. Physical Therapy is a great way to help others through promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. I have always been interested in how the human body moves and functions so Physical Therapy was an obvious choice for me.
I have a passion for treating running related injuries. I just completed my second marathon in May 2015 and want to help other runners achieve their goals, from a 5k to an ultra marathon and any recreational running in between! I utilize core strengthening and stabilization exercises. Figuring out where the breakdown is in the running chain is a major way to determine how to treat lower extremity and low back pain related to running.
I also enjoy treating injuries to the shoulder, SIJ joint and lower extremities.
I love to hike, run, spend time with my family and cheer loudly for SU basketball!
Did you know?
I am a CHOC-O-HOLIC!
What do you find most challenging or compelling about your job?
The medical profession as a whole is evolving and changing so there is always something new to learn. I enjoy the challenge of digging deeper on how to best treat a patient when something else just isn't working. There is always an opportunity to learn a new or enhanced technique to help treat my patients!
What do you believe is your best quality as a practitioner?
I listen well to my patients and tailor their treatment to best benefit them individually. I keep open communication with my patients so that modification can be made along the way as needed.
Running Gait Analysis and Kinematics, Running Footwear: Shoes Impact Form and Form Impacts Shoes, Run Better: Strength and Power Development for Endurance Athlethes, HVLA Thrust Manipulation of the Spine and Extremities, Orthopedic Management of the Shoulder, Mechanical Traction of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine, Maitland MT-1: Essential Peripheral Seminar
Meet Mary and her family!