We had the good fortune of connecting with Patricia Stott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patricia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My success and the positive changes I see in my clients has been in understanding that they are individuals. I take this notion with me into every session I have, and treat every experience as a new one. No two people are alike and no two paths for healing are alike. I thoroughly enjoy learning about the uniqueness of each person and what changes we can make together on their journey.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out as a dedicated Orthopedic-based Physical Therapist working primarily with athletes, also certified as an Athletic Trainer. I worked with an amazing group outside of Washington, DC for about 16 years that eventually became like family. The more I advanced in my career though, the more I felt the need to expand my tool kit. I, having a number of chronic conditions, began treating those with the same conditions within the office (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Disorder, and Dysautonomia). The more I learned about my own conditions and saw these patients as well, the more I realized I was limited within my practice while the patients were also limited in providers that understood the complexity of their compounding issues. My husband and I, looking to change a few things in life, moved to Colorado and began to figure out the best paths for a more rewarding life. I now have opened my own practice where I do perform Physical Therapy, but integrate in my training in Functional Medicine, visceral (organ) based work, and energy healing strategies (Reiki). I also supplement my treatments if needed with a background in being a Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Dry Needler, and use Biofeedback strategies for evaluation and training as needed. I specialize in working with the highly sensitive patient in respecting the individuality of their presentation and figuring out the best course of treatment. I have learned that all that I may have to offer and all I continue to learn to be able to help those out there, I still may not be the best fit provider for that client and have learned to happily refer out to those I trust within the community I work with. This was the hardest lesson to learn, as I wanted to be the one to help in any way I could. It truly isn’t possible to know everything needed at times and a lesson in humbleness helped me grow relationships with some wonderful providers that have helped my clients with a team approach. I started my own practice not too long before the pandemic rolled through and learned a great deal of patience and perseverance. In this space, I found opportunities to begin educational content for medical professionals on the conditions I work with and am completing a two volume book series on the conditions as well. I’ve learned to become very flexible (no pun intended with the connective tissue disorder I have and work with) and malleable in owning my own practice. The start up is not easy and not as quick as we would dream it to be, but creativity can open the doors to other possibilities within the chosen profession as well. I would hope that my story would inform and motivate some within the business and professional world, but also would love for it to spread to the community of highly sensitive patients I work with. To consider opening your own practice is daunting, but to do so with chronic illnesses you sometimes have no control over, may seem impossible to some. I have severe ups and downs in my health and am constantly trying to find a balance between health, family, and profession. It isn’t impossible and I am proof that one can survive and potentially thrive in it. The struggle is real, but so are the rewards.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I always head out to Breckenridge when I can with the family or with friends. I’m actually not a big skier, but love to snowshoe in the winter and hike in the summer. We usually stay up near Peak 8, spending most of our time relaxing in outdoor hot tubs. We love the outdoor festivals they have (when we aren’t in a pandemic) and are looking forward to getting out there to see some of the ice sculptures, arts in the woods (BIFA), and Wave: Light + Water + Sound. We always stop in town to get some pizza from Piante Pizza which is a super special treat as myself and the kids are gluten and dairy free. This is the best pizza we have ever had (and jalapeño poppers)! If the weather is warm enough, we will try and camp at Lake Dillon area as well, one of our favorite spots with small children because there are still places to escape nearby if needed, or you can hang all day at your site near the lake.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Ehlers-Danlos Society has guided me to some wonderful practitioners and programs over the years and does an immense amount of support and education for the Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder and Ehlers-Danlos communities. This organization is filled with practitioners that are dedicated to helping those with the conditions through many different avenues. There is a huge amount of selflessness and dedication within this group of providers. Some within my circle that have added to myself as a practitioner, and also as a human, are Leslie Russek, Susan Chalela, and Heather Purdin within the Physical Therapy community. These are truly people that just want to help others.