Growing up in Bend, Rebound physical therapist and South Clinic Supervisor Hailey Foster embraced some quintessential Central Oregon hobbies. Over the years, she’s been an avid whitewater kayaker, mountain biker, cyclocross racer, Nordic skier and backpacker.
Her firsthand knowledge of the area’s outdoor lifestyle provides insight into the lives of her patients. “Having done a little bit of everything here, it helps me relate to a lot of people that come in with different goals,” said Foster, who also loves to cook, knit, travel and spend time with her one year-old son.
Foster treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions, and has worked as a Rebound clinician for the past 10 years.In her three and a half years serving as South Clinic Supervisor, she has sought to create a “fun environment conducive to healing.”
“It’s a laid-back atmosphere in the clinic but we are professional and serious about what we do,” added Foster.
She particularly enjoys treating middle school and high school student-athletes, as well as the geriatric population. As a PT, Foster is continually motivating her patients. “It’s about helping people become the best version of themselves,” she explained.
Since each patient has unique interests and goals, Foster tailors treatment plans to an individual’s specific needs. She strives to craft “fun and attainable” rehab programs for her patients, which includes finding alternative activities or modifications for those limited by an injury.
Similarly, when gyms and fitness centers closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foster brainstormed with patients on ways to replace gym activities with at-home exercises.
Throughout the pandemic, many people have faced both physical and emotional challenges, said Foster. “Part of my job is validating and listening to my patients and what they are going through,” she said. “I’m here to help and advocate for them.”