Kristy Cordie, PTA
Hey Kristy! Tell me how you got into Industrial PT?
I first got into the industrial side of PT while working in an outpatient clinic. I really enjoyed helping companies decrease their injury rates and being onsite at their facilities. I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with cost effective solutions to help both the worker and the employer.
What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
I love spending time with my family and taking part in outdoor activities. I enjoy running, biking, and sports. I love being active and will rarely find me sitting on the couch, unless it’s to watch sports!
African Safari or Tour of Italy?
Both! One has wine and one has adventure! You really can’t go wrong with either.
What do you love most about your job?
I really love what I do. I love helping others get to a better functional well being. I am very active myself, and it’s rewarding helping people get to a place where they can be active and healthy too.
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
I have great admiration for Ellen DeGeneres. I think it’s amazing how much she gives to others. Plus she is hilarious, and laughter is always a good medicine!
Courtney Stearn, DPT
So, Courtney, how did you get into Industrial PT?
I was used to working with the worker’s compensation side while managing an outpatient clinic. And you know, it’s frustrating. I just thought there had to be another way to get these people the treatment they needed in a timely manner. Some would come in with very mild injuries and it would take up to 6 months for them to get into PT. I knew there had to be another alternative. So, with my husband by my side (who is a safety manager for a construction company!), Kristy and I figured out some solutions to help get workers healthier quicker and reduce medical costs at the same time!
What do you like best about living in Charleston?
Palm trees, alligators, amazing food, beaches, history. My list can go on and on. We love it here. We are always out and about in the community going to parks, events, museums, beaches, whatever we can find! It would take something spectacular to get us to leave!
You will see us frequent Red’s Icehouse quite a bit. You can’t beat the view! But, I literally have a favorite restaurant for every genre. I’m such a foodie!
What is your favorite thing about being a physical therapist?
Really, I love to teach, but I’m not cut out for the classroom. I love teaching people about these amazing bodies we have, and I’ve learned that a little knowledge goes a very long way whether it’s for managing injuries, preventing injuries, or just learning about awareness.
One last thing…what’s your go-to leadership book?
Right now, I’m totally into Jocko Willink. He’s a retired Navy SEAL and author of Extreme Ownership. If you haven’t read it yet, read it. Amazing book that teaches you about owning your leadership roles and really just become a better person. It really helped me get to where I am now. His podcast is awesome too. Get After It.