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If you are interested in being featured in the "Professional Profile" segment, please contact Allison via email @ allison@azspinal.org

hobby is the work we do at Rehab Without Walls. It is incredibly rewarding to see our patients, clients and injured workers recover from their catastrophic injuries and like the proverbial Phoenix, start anew with courage, hard-work and commitment. And I get to work with this population of people alongside a great team. When people ask me about my job, I tell them that I have one of the easiest manager jobs in the world - clinicians and therapists have huge hearts AND huge brains so they are the best of the best in the professional world. They really care about what they do, they are a lot fun and very creative. When I am not working, I am baking from scratch, making big breakfasts (my favorite meal of the day), going to yoga and movies and going all out on my Halloween costumes.

I think the greatest way that I contribute to the community is through my role at Rehab Without Walls. I hope I lead in a way that continues the 30-year culture of empowering our staff to be their best, which in turn ensures that the population we serve gets the best care and ensures our patients achieve their most independent and fulfilled life. I have also served on the Board of Ability360 and have volunteered over the years at a variety of events that support people with brain and spinal cord injury. Rehab Without Walls also hosted a Farmers Market for 10 years that raised funds for brain and spinal cord injury programming. And of course, because of my career and background, I am always reminding parents, children and friends on being safe (maybe too much!).

that raised funds for brain and spinal cord injury programming. And of course, because of my career and background, I am always reminding parents, children and friends on being safe (maybe too much!).

As many of us do, I often have my nose to the grindstone and get caught up in the day to day tasks that nip at my heels. But when I stop to reflect, I am grateful that I see living examples of

have my nose to the grindstone and get caught up in the day to day tasks that nip at my heels. But when I stop to reflect, I am grateful that I see living examples of perseverance, determination and grit every day. Witnessing a person live their fullest life while overcoming obstacles and barriers is inspiring and thrilling. I have a reputation for showing my emotion at team and family conferences when I am overcome by the human spirit and its potential. That is the gift I have received throughout my many years in this field.

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