Last week, shortly after the storm and tornadoes blew through the area and many of our patients and staff were without power and resources, RVNA physical therapist, Lynn Karmel, sent an email to the RVNA team that went a little something like this …
“We are one of the few houses in our neighborhood with power. Feel free to email me if you want to come over for showers, charging devices, and staying over. I have extra room and fluffy towels. I’ll even make breakfast!”
It was a tempting offer even to those of us with power! Lynn has been a physical therapist for 34 years– hard to believe — and with RVNA for nearly two years, during which time both the staff and Lynn’s patients have relished in her professional talent and boundless generosity.
Meet Lynn Karmel, RVNA Physical Therapist
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Bronx.
When did you decide you wanted to become a Physical Therapist?
I wanted to be a PT since I was fairly young…around 14 or 15, when I volunteered at Montefiore Hospital. They didn’t have any spots left to be a “Candy Striper,” so they asked me to help out in the PT department instead, transporting patients…. When I watched the therapists treating patients, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Watching patients progress and seeing improvements in their lives as they recuperate. I especially like seeing patients in their homes — in their own environments.
What do you love to do when you’re not working?
When I’m not working, I like to go biking with my family. We love to try different biking trails. I also love to be at the beach — it’s my happy place.
What is your hidden talent?
My hidden talent is cooking.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I would buy a small beach cottage … a comfortable place for my whole family (and potential future grandchildren) to spend time together.
Do you have a favorite physical therapy moment or story?
I love working for RVNA. The staff has some of the kindest, most dedicated and caring people I have ever worked with.