Caitlin Maat, LPTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Favorite quote: “Cupcakes are just muffins that believed in miracles.”
Caitlin Ripley, LPTA is passionate about helping patients participate in their hobbies or activities that make them happy. Whether their hobby is a sport, walking, reading, or playing with their children, she works hard to help people do the things that bring them joy.
Her interest in physical therapy was sparked by playing soccer as a child and taking an athletic training elective course in high school where she learned about the treatment of athletic injuries. Caitlin loves seeing how exercise plays a role in the body’s healing process and seeing the improvements that people experience during physical therapy. She went on to graduate from James Madison University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and then worked as a physical therapy technician for a year where she helped patients perform their exercises and stretches correctly to facilitate recovery from injuries or surgeries. She then attending Blue Ridge Community Technical College’s PTA program, where she completed multiple clinical rotations and gained experience in a variety of settings from a skilled nursing facility where she worked primarily with elderly patients struggling with balance and weakness, to a home health setting where she gained experience working with post-operative patients recovering from knee replacements, hip replacements, and lower extremity amputations.
Here at Haymarket PT, she works with the physical therapists to treat patients’ conditions by assisting with manual therapy, teaching exercises and stretches and giving an exercise program for patients to do on their own at home. She loves that every day she comes to work and sees patients get better and succeed at doing things that they couldn’t do yesterday, last week, or months ago.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family including her two dogs. She likes outdoor activities such as kayaking, camping, and gardening in her vegetable garden, and would never pass up a relaxing trip to the beach where she can read books on her kindle all day. Being that she was born and raised in Virginia, she’s a loyal fan who roots for the Redskins and Capitals.