It was on May 7, 2007, when I saw my very first patient at Rock Valley Physical Therapy in our then new DeWitt location. Having been a physical therapist for exactly 10 years at that point, I had the experience and confidence needed, in addition to the support and trust from Rock Valley owners and my colleagues to be successful, but…I was scared! I was leaving the comforts of a clinic with several coworkers and loving what I was doing every single day. I was moving on to a clinic with only one coworker and very few patients to start with in a community that I knew very little about, despite growing up just down the road. It was change, and a big change in my life, and as we all know, change is hard!!
I grew up in Park View, Iowa and graduated from North Scott High School. I knew of DeWitt growing up, especially when it came to going to see a movie and getting ice cream with my family. It was in my later high school years and early college years that I knew I wanted to do something in the area of health care. It was after a day spent doing a job shadow with a physical therapist, that I was able to solidify my decision to choose this as my future career. I knew I had a passion for “making better lives” even before it had become the official tag line that I now live and practice by along with all of my colleagues at Rock Valley Physical Therapy. I attended St. Ambrose University and graduated with my Master in Physical Therapy degree in May of 1997. Before I started working for Rock Valley in 2001, I began my career in physical therapy with Genesis and even spent a few months working for Genesis Medical Center right here in DeWitt. Little did I know at that time what my future had in store for me in this amazing community!
Twenty years into my career as a physical therapist and 10 years into my time working here in DeWitt, I still absolutely love working as a physical therapist and I love “making better lives”. Physical therapy is such a rewarding career. On a daily basis I am able to help and witness people’s lives improving by decreasing their pain, helping them return to work, play in a sport again or to be helping them return to the activities they are passionate about. Another thing to love about my career is we have fun! Every day is different and every person is different but we make the physical therapy process as enjoyable as possible as we help make their lives better. Finally, I enjoy the relationships I have made with all of my clients and their families. I have the opportunity to know that I cannot always completely resolve every problem in every person, but I am certain that I can make at least something better in the life of every person that is under my care.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to leave the comforts of my clinic in Davenport to make that difficult change and take on the professional opportunity I was given to open a clinic for Rock Valley in Dewitt. The DeWitt community as a whole has also played a role in our ability to “make better lives”. I have felt welcomed into this community from day one and have developed so many wonderful friendships through the lives I interact with in the clinic and from my involvement in the DeWitt Noon Lions and the DCDC. I am happy to say we are now busting at the seams in our clinic located adjacent to the Dewitt Fitness Center with our amazing team of four full time, two part time and two per diem employees who are all extremely passionate about “making better lives” for every client who walks through our doors. I am overjoyed to be able to “make better lives” for such wonderful people in such a fantastic community.
Kerri Hanna – Physical Therapist & Clinic Manager at Rock Valley Physical Therapy DeWitt Location