Meet a Member

Mari Taylor, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, Board Certified Specialist in Oncologic PT

Meet Mari, who keeps finding her way back to the oncology rehab team!

I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University. In my free time when I’m not seeing patients, I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my family and my dog, and attending concerts. 

I landed in the oncology field somewhat fortuitously. I found a love of the acute care setting on a clinical rotation in PT school. Upon starting at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I was placed on the oncology team. Prior to this, I hadn’t given much thought to working with the oncology population on a consistent basis, but I soon found that I loved it! Staff typically rotate through several service-based teams in the department and as I rotated through the services, I always kept finding my way back to the oncology team. I now work in the outpatient setting seeing patients with oncology-related impairments and lymphedema in addition to occasionally still working in the acute care setting. One thing that has drawn me to oncology rehab is being able to see a little bit of everything in terms of system involvement and patient diagnosis.

What is my favorite part of working in oncology rehab?

My favorite part of working in oncology rehab is getting the privilege to build relationships with patients while improving their impairments and quality of life.

My advice to those looking to get into oncology rehab:

I think many PTs and PTAs tend to be goal-oriented individuals. I think it’s important to be open to wherever you land along the way and the experiences that it may lend you in working toward your long-term goals.