Sandra Gail Frayna
What is the essence of what you do?
To me, the essence of being a physical therapist is promoting a better quality of life without any use of drugs or surgical intervention. I make my patients better, stronger and faster using revolutionary and affordable treatment and most of all, my patients love it!
What are your personal interests?
I am an avid skier. My favorite places to ski are Aspen, Colorado and Alta, Utah. I love scuba diving at the colorful and maze-like underwater world of Cozumel, Mexico. I’ve belonged to an outdoor organization called Club Extreme since I was in college. As a part of this organization, I have been able to go wall climbing, spelunking, mountain climbing and target shooting. I was even featured twice on TV in a local program called “Extreme Games.” I took my first surfing lessons when I was in Hawaii 4 years ago, right after that, I quickly found an instructor to continue with lessons here on the east coast. When I am not outside, I am a huge football fan and eagerly await the start of each season! Exploring culture is a passion I have developed over the years, and I love to explore this through travel, museums, attending galas and benefits. Lastly, I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old and when time permits I still enjoy playing to this day.
What do you believe?
I believe in Walt Disney’s saying, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” I take the challenge being presented to me, no matter how hard or impossible it may seem, just by trying my best. And by loving what I do for a living, it makes it easier and more fun! Doing the impossible doesn’t happen without planning and executing steps one at a time.
What do you like most about working with patients?
Working with my patients is not merely making them feel better…it goes both ways for me. The fact that I see them getting better and having a much enjoyable life, to me is more than rewarding. I like seeing and hearing from them how I made a difference in their life where they can enjoy both work and home activities, being able to do what they use to do and beyond. I had a patient come up to me and say, “Because I am able to function well, I feel rejuvenated, feel better about myself and I’m able to have a better relationship with my spouse again.”
Why did you choose to become a physical therapist?
Inspired by my dad’s wisdom and persistence, I chose to be a PT when I came to understand that PT is a cutting edge science and became fascinated about how it can make the body heal quicker.
What do patients like about you and the organization?
A patient once told me I have a lot of great energy and being naturally cheerful, it makes them happy and feel good every time they see me. And treatment didn’t even start yet! Now they even refer their family and friends to me.