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“I went to physical therapy school because I wanted to be able to treat patients like I saw my mother treating patients while working in the hospital.“
Dr. Lili Wells, the clinic manager at RehabVisions-Fairfield, knew from an early age she wanted to be in the medical field.
While growing up in the Philippines, Wells admired her mother, who is a nurse.
“It may sound cliché,” Wells said. “My mother is a nurse, and I always wanted to be in the medical field.”
When Wells enrolled in De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, she set her sights on becoming a physical therapist.
“I went to physical therapy school because I wanted to be able to treat patients like I saw my mother treating patients while working in the hospital,” she said. “I ended up really liking being able to help people feel better and be able to return to their functional level.”
Not long after finishing school in 1995, Wells was given the opportunity to work as a physical therapist in the United States.
“I was given the opportunity to work here as a physical therapist in one of the hospitals,” she said. “At first, I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn. I ended up actually liking it.”
Another draw that kept Wells in the United States was meeting Kevin, the man who would become her husband.
“That changed the whole story of my plans,” she said. “I met my husband in Fairfield, and I was working at the hospital at that time.”
She eventually decided she wanted to further her education in the field of physical therapy, ultimately earning her doctor of physical therapy from Des Moines University in 2008.
Wells joined RehabVisions-Fairfield when the clinic opened in 2019.
The clinic treats pediatric patients all the way up to geriatric patients. However, they have developed a specialty in women’s health.
“We offer an innovative approach to women’s health,” Wells said. “We have a very supportive environment here that we designed.
“We have only women working in the clinic, and we designed a good therapeutic approach for women.”
She explained that many women suffer from some sort of pelvic floor dysfunction, which can cause issues with urination, bowels and sex.
“It’s very important to have these services for women that may have these conditions because physical therapy addresses the pelvic floor,” she said. “The pelvic floor has muscle in it. We use this muscle all the time, and there’s a lot of dysfunction that can occur with the pelvic floor.”
Wells added that many women are not aware that physical therapy can help with those issues.
“It’s very important to be able to do physical therapy so you can actually do those basic things in life,” she said. “These are very important things to address before they get worse.”
Wells said that women are often hesitant to seek treatment for pelvic floor issues.
“In our clinic, we understand the intimacy of those issues,” she said. “We have one-on-one customized treatments in a discreet and comfortable environment.”
Wells said her reward for being a physical therapist is seeing patients be able to get back to their normal lives.
“It is very fulfilling to see your patient return to their previous level of functioning,” she said. “Once we see the patient improve and able to return to their previous level of functioning and go back to living their life, that’s the most rewarding part of being a physical therapist.”