Check out this Q&A with two new therapists at Pershing Hospital.

Recently, Pershing Health Systems and Pershing Memorial Hospital added two Certified Athletic Trainers, one of whom is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, to their rehabilitation arsenal. These two busy, young, professionals took some time to answer some questions so that their new community could get to know them.

Dr. Kristen Gunn, DPT, ATC

1. What is your educational and professional background?

I attended Missouri State University in Springfield, after graduating from Meadville High School.  I graduated with a Bachelor's in Athletic Training in 2011 and then transitioned straight into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, earning my degree in 2014.  Soon thereafter I moved to Maryville, to work at SSM Health St. Francis Hospital for the next almost three years before moving back to my hometown area to work at Pershing Memorial Hospital in June 2017.

2. What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy getting to spend quality one-on-one time with people – while not only working to help them resolve their ailments, but also getting to know them.  Getting to know patients is like getting to know our local communities, which is a great feeling, especially since I have been away from the area for several years.

3. What are some common misconceptions that people have about recovering from an athletic injury?

From any injury, really, I think the most common misconception people have is that rehab should hurt; that's not necessarily the case. In fact, one of our most common goals for our patients is to help relieve their pain.  We also try to encourage healing, which often takes anywhere from days to weeks and from months to year; this is a challenging feat since most of us are not very patient – especially in today's fast-paced society.

Derek Musgrove ATC, PTA

1. What is your educational and professional background?

I am originally from Fulton, where I graduated from high school in 2011. I went to college at Central Methodist University in Fayette for a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training and got licensed in the summer of 2015. I then decided to further my education with two health care licenses and went to a satellite campus in Trenton for an Associates of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant through the State Technical College of Missouri (formerly known as Linn Tech) and got licensed as a PTA October 2016. Following graduation, and being licensed, I got hired with TMC and was a contracted PRN through multiple nursing homes around the area. This included: Centralia, Mexico, Moberly, Columbia, and Marceline. I then found the full-time position here at Pershing.

2. What do you like most about your job?

The thing I like most about being a Physical Therapist Assistant is seeing and assisting the progression of a person who comes to me with an injury of some sort, and then leaves and returns at 100 percent. I really enjoy getting people back to where they were prior to being injured.

3. What are some common misconceptions that people have about recovering from an athletic injury?

A common misconception about recovering from an athletic injury is the “rub some dirt on it and you will be fine” mentality. While with some injuries this is true, and a person will have minor problems; some injuries require much more time and effort to fix. These injuries tend to have underlying issues that need worked on, or they will occur more frequently.