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Conversations with Mattie Rose Carter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mattie Rose Carter.

Mattie Rose, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
From when I was a child, I always had a passion for testing my physical capabilities. I enjoyed tumbling as a youth, which then transferred into my passion for running and pole vault during my later school years. Since then, I have remained motivated in the realm of physical fitness, including running and cross-training. Naturally, this drive influenced my career as a doctor of physical therapy, which is immensely rewarding, as I am able to advocate for health and wellness and provide hands-on, skilled care to those who are injured or who have another neuromuscular disorder. I cannot wait to see how I grow as a person and as a doctor of physical therapy in the years to come.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The path to where I am now has been far from easy. Honestly, six and a half years of physical therapy school is the most difficult task I have ever had to overcome and more difficult than I even imagined. During this time, I sacrificed precious time with friends and family to dedicate almost every waking minute to becoming the best doctor of physical therapy I could imagine. If you know my personality, I cannot do anything halfway. It’s “go hard or go home”. Although I would not recommend this mindset for others in retrospect, I am glad it paid off for me to get me where I am today.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work as a doctor of physical therapy at a privately owned clinic in small town, Illinois. I am known for treating patients with orthopedic, cardiovascular, and neurological disorders. The best part of working in a rural outpatient clinic is that I treat a variety of pathologies that range from ACL tears, rotator cuff repairs, lower back pain, Parkinson’s Disease, post-stroke, or post-heart transplant. I rarely treat two similar patients in a row, which makes my job always exciting. Additionally, I am now beginning to see tremendous benefits in functional dry needling, which helps speed the recovery process for many patients. In sum, my ability to create individualized and skilled care plans for each patient, in addition to my manual therapy and functional dry needling skills sets me apart from other physical therapists in the area.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Those interested in learning more or seeking help can reach out to me via email or Instagram.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: mattierosecarter

Image Credits

Abigail Munshaw Photography and Diekemper Photography

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