Liebe returns to Washington
Alicia Liebe grew up in Washington and graduated from Washington High School in 2006. Now, after receiving her degree in sports therapy, she recently took a position at Jet Physical Therapy.
Liebe went to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where she majored in athletic training with a minor in Spanish. She went to graduate school at the University of Iowa. After graduation, she did a residency at a physical therapy clinic in the Quad Cities. She said that she returned to Washington to be closer to friends and family.
Since you have been back, what kind of changes have you seen?
Really, there are a lot of active people. In high school if I would go running, I felt as if I was the only one running on the street. Now, I am training for a half marathon and I am so surprised how many people are out running or riding their bike around town. I see fitness classes coming up all over. I feel like it is taking a turn in a positive direction and more people are being active.
What’s your favorite thing about Washington?
I like that you can get pretty much anywhere in five minutes. Some of the other places I have been, you can’t really do that. Also I like running into familiar faces, especially here in the clinic. Before, when I worked in the Quad Cities, I didn’t know any of the patients who came in the door. Here its kind of nice seeing people I already know.
How did you become interested in becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted to be in the health care profession. I guess I went to a majors fair at UNI and saw athletic training and it is more hands-on and you are helping people right away instead of waiting until grad school. I took that direction, then remembered back to high school where I had worked with Eric (Turner) and remembered how much he had helped me. That kind of got me started.
Tell me about being a therapist.
I love it, it is great. It is so nice to just be able to help people get their lives back. It is very rewarding. It is a perfect passion for me.
What kind of preventative advice do you have?
Keep moving. The best thing you can do for your body is to stay active. There is a misconception that when people are in pain or hurting, people don’t want to do anything because they are afraid of further injury. It is actually best to keep moving a stay active.
What are some of your hobbies?
I like to run. I like to be involved with the community. I grew up in the United Presbyterian Church in town and I like to be active in that. I am active in my church in Iowa City also. I like to hang out with friends.