Patrick Jones, DPT
EDUCATION: Doctorate of Physical Therapy & Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Lebanon Valley College
CERTIFICATIONS|SPECIALTIES: Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA).
What Makes Patrick Special
Patrick has been a member of our Lancaster-West team since he joined our team in 2018. With an avid ability to strike up a conversation about anything from Netflix shows to gardening, there is never a dull moment in a clinic where Patrick is treating. While Patrick enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnosis, he has developed a specialty niche treating patients with jaw pain. He will be continuing his education in that area with the goal of becoming a Certified Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) Specialist.
In addition to his background in performing manual physical therapy, including grade 5 mobilizations he has a special interest in orthopedics and post-op patient recovery. Patrick is also highly trained in workplace preventative and ergonomic medicine.
When not in the office, you might find Patrick outdoors camping, hiking or fishing. As a former college tennis player, Patrick also enjoys getting back on the tennis court every now and then.
Want to know more? Here’s a little Q & A…
What energizes you at work?
I love getting know and working with so many different people. We have the unique opportunity in healthcare where PT’s are able to spend quality one-on-one time with our patients. Meeting people and getting to know their families, children, even pets can make the job exciting and new each day.
Most important advice you give your patients?
Physical therapy is what you make of it. PT is not a passive process and requires hard work to successfully pursue and reach the goals set during the evaluation. I love to help patient’s return to walking, running, playing golf/tennis and watch them step by step succeed by pushing themselves past their limits.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about being in the outdoors. Biking, hiking, fishing, camping, watching wildlife, or just sitting outside and listening to the wind rustle the leaves on the trees in the backyard. There is nothing better than being one with mother nature. Life is too short to stay inside cooped up in front of screens, get out and make something of the day!
What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?
Either watching a patient make a break through in therapy, or have a patient come in and be excited about how they are doing because PT is helping their problem. I work with a lot of TMJ patients, most of whom do not get properly diagnosed even after seeing 4-5 medical professionals. It makes my day when someone comes back into the office for a follow up session and they are just so happy that they can sleep or eat with less pain because I was able to treat their problem.
Where would you be right now if you had zero obligations and money didn’t matter?
New Zealand. I was fortunate to get an opportunity in College to study for a semester in the city of Hamilton. Amazing people, food, and culture. I made lifelong friends there and would love to go back again. It felt like second home away from home especially since it take 17 hours of combined flight time to get to the island nation.
What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Learning to enjoy moments in life when they are happening is really hard. We as a society are more focused on capturing it for others to admire on social media that we forget to be in the moment.
Favorite Sport to watch? Who’s your team?
So I am a huge tennis fan, played on both my high school and college teams. As tennis is more an individual sport I loved to watch Roger Federer, Serena/Venus Willams, and Andy Roddick play. But also currently enjoy watching Rafeal Nadal, Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, Frances Tiafoe, and Taylor Fritz.
What makes you laugh?
Everything. I try to find the humor in most things as laughter truly is the best medicine. Most of my co-workers can attest to the fact that I am laughing most of the day.
What’s on your bucket list?
Going to Greece. Both of my grandparents on my Mom’s side immigrated from Greece. I still have family over their and would love to meet them plus experience the country for myself.