Bridget Blunk, PT, OCS
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Clients usually come to physical therapy because they have a condition which causes them pain or restricts their activities. I love problem-solving to find interventions for their problems and assist them in improving their functional ability and movement. The physical therapy profession encompasses so many different areas (neurological, orthopedic, women's health, pediatric, etc) and allows for so many options and opportunities.
My mother was a nurse. I was initially exposed to physical therapy when a friend sustained a spinal cord injury. Later, I did an internship at Augustana, and it solidified my desire to be in health care to improve people's health and quality of life. I chose physical therapy because of the amount of direct contact we have with our clients and the positive impact we can have on people's lives. Other health care professions miss out on the opportunity to really get to know each client.
6:20 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
6:20 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday
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Areas Of Interest
I have been in an outpatient orthopedic-focused clinic for most of my career. I enjoy working with all types of diagnoses or movement pattern problems, but I especially like those related to the spine.
In the winter, most of my free time is spent with ice hockey related activities as both of my kids play hockey. In the warmer months, I spend a lot of time outside. My parents live on a farm with a large garden that provides plenty of work and play time. I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, hiking, biking, roller blading, playing games, and traveling. I have an addiction to estate sales and yard sales, and I like to refinish furniture and other fun finds.
Education & Training
- Augustana College, B.S. in Biology and Spanish
- Washington University, M.S. in Physical Therapy
Awards & Certifications
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist - American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
Member of American Physical Therapy Association (Iowa Chapter) and American Physical Therapy Association's Orthopedic Section