Connie Ideta, Mobile Physical Therapist in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, NC and surrounding areas- In home visits!
I love my job- it’s a perfect fit for me. I have a helping personality and a passion for healing. This is my gift, and my goal is to help you get your health and life back. Then, you can fulfill your purpose and destiny in contributing to the world around you by using YOUR gift. If your body is well, the rest of you will follow.
As a child, I wanted to become a teacher, a stewardess, or a doctor. In high school, after volunteering in the ER, I decided that I don’t like blood and needles and so I chose another health profession- PT. In college, I volunteered at monthly recreational activities for children with disabilities, as well as weekly aquatic therapy with babies and young kids. Then, I worked as a rehab aide in an orthopedic outpatient clinic on weekdays and a neurological rehab hospital on the weekends. In PT school, I was very interested in women’s health and had an online research job working for my professor.
My first job as a licensed PT was at a county hospital with a huge rehab department that included cardiac rehab, spinal cord injury, and hand therapy. This allowed me to have exposure to a whole range of specialties in rehab. I personally worked in orthopedics and medicine outpatient and then neurological outpatient. On weekends, I did acute hospital rehab, and even worked on the burn unit. Next, I worked with stroke and brain injury patients in inpatient rehab, and after that, I worked with the elderly in home health. This allowed me more flexibility to pursue some other endeavors. I took doula training and an 8 month midwife training course. I continued to explore and expand, and ended up in Hollywood/ Beverly Hills, working with dancers and actors. I was a PT for the cast of the Lion King production. I learned Pilates during this time and as an aside, I met the inventor of the credit card here. I then worked at a big medical center and did a bit of pediatrics, but landed as the regular PT on the neuro floor, including the neuro ICU. The surgeon specialized in brain tumor removals, so I worked with these patients along with those with other neurological diagnoses. I did a lot of maximum assist transfers during this time. I still did orthopedic rehab on the side at a doctor’s office.
After getting married and having children, I enjoyed being the PT for my very active family. My son plays ice hockey and therefore is in constant need of my expertise. My daughter does figure skating and ballet, and my husband and kids all train jujitsu 4 days a week. They try to convince me to also train with them, but I tell them, “No, I need to stay injury free to be the one to help you all!”
As you can see, I like variety! I’m a lifelong learner and love to research on my own and even develop my own techniques. I’m not intimidated by what I don’t know yet and instead my mentality is that, “I’ll figure it out”, and that’s how I continue to grow and become a better practitioner. Being intuitive is helpful for distinguishing and discerning issues, and I’m also creative and like to think outside the box. It’s a fun adventure for me to be like a detective- connecting dots and solving problems.
- Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from University of Texas in Austin- May 2000.
- Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston- October 2002.
- I have over 20 years of experience in the various practice settings.