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Feature Friday- Get to Know Kim Girton, ATC, BA of Ogle County Physical Therapy

Kim Girton, ATC, BAThis week we are happy to feature Kim Girton, ATC, BA of our Ogle County Physical Therapy clinic and athletic trainer for Byron High School athletics.  We sat down this week with Kim to learn a little more about her.

Tell everyone a little bit about yourself.

I am a Certified Athletic Trainer that has been with Ogle County Physical Therapy since 2004.  I am responsible for providing athletic training services for Byron High School’s athletics program. I attended Trinity International University where I received my degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. 

I am originally from Amboy, Illinois but reside in Oregon, Illinois with my husband, Nate and three children, Kade, Noelle and Karter.

What inspires you to do what you do?

I decided to become an athletic trainer when I was in high school and suffered a major knee injury.  My high school athletic trainer worked hard to ensure that I was able to finish my high school athletic career.  This experience is what inspired me to do what I do.  I love having the opportunity to help athletes do what they love to do and help them to get back in the game.

What is the best part of your job as an athletic trainer?

I love how dynamic my job is.  I never have the same day twice.  Each day is different and there is never a dull moment. 

What do you enjoy doing in your fun?

When I have the time, I enjoy coaching my kids sports teams with my husband.  Right now I am coaching my daughter's softball team through the Coaches Pitch softball league.  I also enjoy cooking for my family and trying new recipes.

What was your first job?

The first job I ever had was as a soda jerk at the soda fountain where I grew up in Amboy. 

What is something that people are surprised to learn about you?

That I was a gymnast until I was 16 and I was a collegiate soccer player.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

"Life is a marathon, not a sprint so slow down and enjoy it!"

For more information on Kim, you can view her biography under Ogle County Physical Therapy's clinic page.  To become a patient at Ogle County Physical Therapy, please contact the clinic directly at 815-234-5561.