Our Stories

What our team members can tell you about a Therapy career at Riverside
Making a career move, working at a new location and possibly making other life changes are decisions for which only you can provide the best judgments and counsel. But sometimes, it helps to know about someone else's experience:

 

Kayla Emile, MA, CF-SLP: I began at Riverside Regional Medical Center in January 2011 as a speech therapist intern. As part of curriculum, one had to complete a 12-week internship in a rehabilitation center. As an intern, I observed, planned, and treated several patients with various diagnoses. I was able to assess and treat both inpatient and outpatient. Upon graduation in May 2011, a clinical fellowship opportunity became available as a full time speech language pathologist for Riverside Therapy Group. I applied for the job and was scheduled for an interview. I was offered the position a few weeks later and returned to Virginia from my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. I could not let such a great opportunity pass me by. I started my career as a speech language pathologist for Riverside Therapy Group in late July 2011. Through Riverside I have been able to grow as a professional and make that transition from student to pathologist. In such a short period of time, I have been given the opportunity to become a part of a growing health system and a family, known as Riverside.

Kayla Emile


Liz Zelenka, PT, DPT, CLT: "As a native New Yorker, moving to Virginia was never in my career plan, but Riverside came highly recommended by a friend. I decided to interview in New York and Virginia and I can honestly say that I felt most comfortable at Riverside. I trusted my instincts and made the move, beginning my physical therapy career at Riverside Rehabilitation Institute. That was almost five years ago! Since then, my co-workers became mentors and friends. They are my Virginia family. It is because of their support and opportunities Riverside has given me that I have grown into a better therapist. Earlier this year, I attended a lymphedema certification course with the help of Riverside. After achieving certification in this specialty, I transitioned from inpatient rehab to PACE -- Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Although these settings differ, there remains a common theme: caring, compassionate people working together to help rebuild the lives of others. Seeing clients improve in their functional mobility and gain independence is the best reward of my career. I feel privileged to work with a company that highly values education, provides outstanding patient care, and is continually evolving to meet the needs of the community."

Liz Zelenka
 

Will Parker, PT:
  "I have enjoyed working for Riverside because at Riverside, I feel home. When I took a position, almost seven years ago, I joined a close-knit team of professionals all with a common and genuine interest in serving the health needs of the local community. Being born and raised in the area, it brings a great sense of joy to be able to work in a role which directly impacts the lives of those in my community. Riverside also takes good care of its employees and encourages individual growth. Whether it is up the management ladder or pursuing a clinical specialty, I feel empowered through the Riverside family. Riverside does not provide jobs, it offers careers!"

Will Parker


Karma Lapacek, PT:
  "I began working for Riverside fulltime in September 2007 because of my passion for geriatrics. When I initially started I enjoyed the flexible work schedule, friendly department, and helpful manager. However, I knew I wanted something more for my career. I began to pursue educational opportunities both at conferences and in self-study in preparation for the APTA Geriatric Clinical Specialist Exam. Riverside supported me by helping me attend several continuing education courses, giving me time off to study, and financially supporting the exam process. While the GCS was a personal goal, Riverside greatly helped me to achieve certification. In recognition of this advanced certification, I was promoted to Senior Physical Therapist. My passion is patient care and this role allows me to continue treating patients while also getting recognition for my skills. Now, I am pursuing my Doctor of Physical Therapy and Riverside is again assisting me through their educational assistance fund. Riverside is committed to helping me develop into an advanced practice clinician."

Karma Lapacek


Christine Robinson, LPTA:  "I would recommend working for Riverside to anyone! I began here as my first job out of college in 2006 as a PTA. I interviewed with several other companies, and I chose the position at The Gardens for the competitive rates, great setting and the benefit of working with a strong rehab team. I have never regretted the decision to work here and have been able to benefit from a large and friendly rehab staff where I have had the opportunity of interacting with multiple people. The continuing education re-imbursement has made it possible for me to choose the courses I want to attend and made that process all the more enjoyable. I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of diagnoses and discharge plans. Riverside Therapy Group has been a great company to work for and I hope to continue and progress my career through this organization."

Christine Robinson


Doug Culbert, PT:
  "I started as a staff Physical Therapist Assistant with Riverside in 1998. From the beginning, I was provided with the opportunity to expand my clinical skills through mentorship and continuing education. A career goal of mine was always to continue my education and eventually receive my PT degree. In 2003, I received support from Riverside to return to school to complete my DPT degree. When I graduated in 2005, I returned to a full time outpatient position at Riverside. Since that time I have continued to grow my clinical skills, but I have also been provided with opportunities to develop leadership skills that prepared me for advancement to management where I am a director of PT today. The diversity and opportunity across the health system make Riverside an excellent place to grow as a clinician and leader."

Doug Culbert



 

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