Kathleen S. Robinson, PT, MBA
What is your fondest memory from your 25 years working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?
One my fondest memories is when our department had our Christmas party years ago. We came in early and had breakfast and a Yankee Swap. Just when a gift was picked, the wrapped present fell to the floor and crashed into pieces. It was a ceramic Star Wars figure. The next person to choose an item received a ceramic Christmas tree, and shortly after dropped that gift as well. We all laughed, as it seemed that no one could hold onto their gifts. Then we had one last gift, and it too was ceramic, and to our dismay, it also ended up on the floor shattered. It was a great stress reliever laughing that hard. We did later decide to limit any ceramic gifts in the future.
What about your job inspires you?
The ability of the human body to heal or compensate for an injury. I see everything from a secretary with neck pain to individuals with a debilitating disease, and I am able to affect change in the quality of life for all of them. I am always looking for just the right way to get the best result for each patient. This allows me to stay excited about my job and my ability to help people enjoy life to their fullest.
What do you like best about your department?
My department is full of great people. We work well together and keep things working smoothly. I am lucky to be able to work at both Heater Road and at the medical center, and enjoy the diversity of working with all the disciplines in rehabilitation.
I have always felt supported by my peers, whether it was a heartwarming welcome for the birth of my kids or the support after the death of my husband.