Employee Spotlight: Kerri Hardy

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Employee Spotlight: Kerri Hardy

Kerri is a long-time believer in physical therapy since she first encountered physical  rehabilitation as a senior in high school after tearing her ACL during basketball season. Prior to this, she knew she had a passion for science, especially anatomy. This led her to her career to become a physical therapist herself. 

During her time in college, Kerri underwent more therapy after another knee injury. She worked out in the pool as part of her exercises and during that time she met a young boy and his mother. Meeting them inspired her to look into pediatric therapy rather than sports or orthopedic therapy. She landed an internship that allowed her to work in pediatrics for a while, but learning manual therapy in PT school was a turning point for her. This introduction to osteopathic techniques led to an interest in working in an outpatient setting. 

While working on getting her MS in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University, Kerri met her husband Blake, who works alongside her at Core Physical Therapy today. They graduated in 1995 and the day after graduation they not only began their journey as Physical Therapists but also as husband and wife, as they got married that very next day. They worked in Marshalltown together in an outpatient clinic while starting their family and then began their journey at Core. 

Being at Core has allowed them to be closer to family and to really expand their knowledge as they have been there for almost 12 years. For several years prior to Core, Kerri had experience working with pregnant women to help alleviate back pain related to their pregnancies, but when she started at Core she began to more specifically focus on women’s health. Kerri said, “In our first years at Core, I took several pelvic health courses so I could begin treating both women and men with pelvic pain or incontinence. Most people aren’t aware physical therapy can work for something like that, but it is very rewarding for me as it is so undertreated.” Being a part of Core has offered the opportunity to learn so many different manual techniques that she loves integrating into her practice. 

“These benefits of continuing education and working with a fantastic staff of talented therapists really challenges me to keep learning!” Kerri says. She truly enjoys getting to work with men, women and children with all different orthopedic or pelvic issues, and every once in a while she is able to help infants with more specific concerns such as torticollis or plagiocephaly. Not only does this keep her well trained on a variety of concerns, but it is also very rewarding to be able to help these individuals live a healthier life. 

As Kerri’s kids have grown up and are moving out, she looks forward to continuing to follow their activities in college and beyond but is also thrilled to have a great place like Core to continue to call home and co-workers to call friends. Stop in at Core Physical Therapy to get to know Kerri and see how she can help you today! 

 

Fun Facts About Kerri

What is something about you that would surprise people? 

I’ve had 5 knee surgeries of my own, so I can definitely relate to my patients when they are struggling to recover. 


What is your favorite part of your job? 

When I can help a patient who has been dealing with issues with no relief from other sources. I especially love teaching people not only the reasons we use the manual techniques we use, but also how they can help themselves with exercises and simple daily activities. 


What is your dream vacation or trip?

I would go back to the Greek islands in a heartbeat, or for something I haven’t done, maybe Bali, Fiji or somewhere else in the South Pacific region. 


What three items must your refrigerator contain? 

Eggs, cheese and fresh fruit & veggies.


What is your WHY? 

I feel that PT is a true vocation for me. It is part of my ministry in this world. I love that I get to touch people’s lives with some healing and give them hope in their recovery. 


What is your favorite pastime? 

Spending time with my family. Whether it be traveling, watching movies or just hanging out on the deck. 


What is your guilty pleasure?  

I love dark chocolate and red wine!


Favorite book you've read or gifted to people the most? 

Too hard to choose. I have loved the Chronicles of Narnia series since childhood, but then came Harry Potter which is also right up there. I currently love and have gifted The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. 

 

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