Britt & Eric AdamsCouples of CORA
We met before PT school began in our undergraduate studies at Slippery Rock. We lived on the same dorm room floor our freshmen year, were both exercise science majors, ran with the same circle of friends, but didn’t start dating until we were Juniors when we realized we may like each other as more than friends.
We both planned to go to PT school, but were accepted into different programs, about an hour and a half away from each other. Thus began a three-year stretch of scraping together gas money, traveling back and forth to see each other even though the visits were often spent with textbooks on our laps, or practicing manual skills in the lab on each other, (the PG kind of course).
As a PT couple, you automatically share some common values and appreciation for the human body. You get to be nerds together. You give each other an elbow while watching someone’s funky gait pattern in the grocery store. It's not like that part of your brain shuts off when you leave the clinic environment and it's neat to have someone beside you to nerd out with.
While in school, some of our weekends spent together involved helping each other learn treatment techniques in our respective school labs or studying. But even after school was finished, and you add the extra letters after your name, the learning doesn't stop, we still often talk about patients and their stories, interesting injuries, challenging presentations and we have each other as a sounding board for ideas about patient care, or even management strategies as we've advanced in our careers.
Another fun perk is we get to attend CEU courses together on occasion. Our shared careers also have given both of us a better perspective of health and how your life can be changed in an instant, making you grateful for all the things our bodies allow us to do on a daily basis.
Britt moved to from PA to SC after interviewing with CORA, accepting a position to start a DENOVO. Eric had not graduated PT school yet and followed behind her about 3 months later, interviewing at multiple places but ultimately deciding to join CORA, under the stipulation we wouldn't treat/work out of the same clinics. Let's be honest, too much of a good thing, isn't always a good thing. We knew we wanted to have our independence in the workplace even if we have an entire section of our closet designated to CORA polos. We have both have worked for CORA for roughly 5 years now and let me tell you, the polo section of our closet is getting out of hand.
It was important to both of us, that despite being together, we didn't want it to limit our ability to grow as individuals within the company. Just because our paychecks both say CORA, didn't mean we wanted to be treated any differently. Thankfully, we've seen nothing but support as we gain more experience with the company and in our clinical experience. We've both found different paths despite the common ground and work to keep that part of our lives professional. We've also been able to do co-marketing, after hours events, and volunteer together which combines our personal time with our professional, not letting work take away from the time we'd spend together after treatment hours end.
If we were to share advice to other PT couples it would be to not let your work or caseload take over your evenings. Know when to turn it off.
PTs develop friendships and relationships that are unique. We both have so many friends from our respective PT programs that we get together with or visit each year. Our wedding had a ridiculous amount of PTs in attendance in December and we all know how to have a good time. You don't make it through 7 years of college without some good people in your corner and luckily, we both have one beside us for life!
Adams' Fun Fact
We both will guess the diagnosis or ligament strain while watching injury replays during sporting events, putting bets on whose out for the game, the season, etc.