Physical therapist

Jo Daniel, Physical Therapy Technician

I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland and I grew up in Damascus where I attended high school at Damascus High School. I have lived in the same house my whole life and my mom has been in the same home for the past 32 years.

In high school, I played basketball and football. I played 1year of high school football and got pulled up to varsity but after a long season of basketball, I decided to stop playing football and start focusing on basketball. I started 3 out of the 4 years on the varsity basketball team but I ended up having a severe ankle injury that resulted in surgery. This injury ended my chances to play college basketball, which was a long-term dream of mine. It was a 5-month recovery process and physical therapy was hard.

I graduated from Damascus High School in 2014 after which I attended Montgomery Community College. At first, I wanted to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and be a Civil Engineer but after a couple semesters of classes in the field, I realized that my real passion was physical therapy. I transferred to Towson University now as an Exercise Science major and am striving to get into Physical Therapy school after I finish my Bachelor of Science.

I started looking for a Physical Therapy Tech jobs to help me see if this is truly where my heart is. I found Atlas and they made me 100% positive this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. Being at Atlas reminded me of the 1 on 1 physical therapy that I had during my recovery process. The 1 on 1 treatment and real patient care is what made me fall in love with physical therapy and inspired me to want to help others in the first place. This is exactly the way that I was helped and cared for when I was at one of my lowest times. Being at Atlas gives me reassurance that this is the career path I want to follow.

Outside of work I still try to play basketball as much as I can. I hang out with my friends and I love watching sports. I really want to travel throughout Europe and South America. Traveling is an experience that I love. Different than most people, I don’t mind driving to places. I feel like being on the road with whoever you are with can be just as fun as the actual trip! I absolutely HATE the cold. My retirement plan is California or Florida. Somewhere I won’t have to worry about the snow.