Hi! I'm Meredith Castin, PT, DPT.
I’m a physical therapist-turned non-clinical career enthusiast!
I created The Non-Clinical PT to help other rehabilitation professionals use their experience and education to find fulfilling roles beyond patient care.
The Professional Stuff...
I began my career as a graphic and web designer, way back in the early 2000s! I wound up hurting myself at the company party in the most ridiculous way possible, and found myself attending physical therapy as a patient. After making a miraculous recovery—what compliant 25-year-old doesn’t?—I realized what I really wanted to do was become a physical therapist.
I attended University of St. Augustine at San Marcos and graduated in 2010. Even though I spent some time during school worrying that maybe PT wasn’t the right fit after all, I was excited to get started…I was ready to launch my dream career!
Or so I thought.
Fast forward three years, and I was already burned out. It turns out that, despite tons of soul searching, research, and informational interviewing, I hadn’t considered the physical and emotional toll patient care would take on me.
And despite trying setting after setting, nothing was working for me. So, I found myself at 34 years old with a DPT, an aching body, and a sense of impending doom about my career. It was embarrassing and isolating.
I started to worry I’d made a huge mistake, but I was terrified there was absolutely no recourse. With every passing day, I started to panic about the reality of how my body would handle 30+ years of patient care.
Ever the optimist, I tried quite a few things to create a non-clinical career, but nothing seemed to fit. Even my graphic and web design training was too obsolete to get me hired.
In 2015, everything changed. I landed a PRN role as a rehab liaison at a local hospital, and a coworker approached me to start a website to help new grads succeed.
Despite having very little experience with writing, I found I loved it…and I even got to use my graphic design background! I started landing freelance writing assignments while we built NGPT, and suddenly I was a “writer!” Imagine that 🙂
Here are just a few of the publications on my client roster!
I loved working as a rehab liaison, but NGPT was taking off. And people kept reaching out to me and asking me how they, too, could transition out of patient care.
I realized there was a need for resources and blueprints for those of us who wanted to do something else with our careers, so I launched The Non-Clinical PT in October 2017.
It has grown more quickly—and helped more people—than I ever could have imagined. Here’s a spotlight on how I built and grew my blog 🙂
I’m honored and absolutely thrilled to help lead physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals in our quest to move beyond the world of direct patient care.
After all, we therapy professionals have the experience, insight, passion, training, and enthusiasm to make healthcare better for everyone.
Learn more by exploring this article in Shoutout SoCal or by checking out these fantastic podcasts, all of which have been kind enough to host me as a guest. 🙂
The Personal Stuff...
That’s the boring professional stuff 🙂 If you’re still reading, here’s a little more about my non-work life!
I love hiking, rock climbing, watching horror movies, reading, making weird art, and recording music with my husband. I spend as much time as possible seeing my parents and sister (who happens to be a career counselor!), and try to visit them often.
I live in San Diego with one marvelous husband, Nick, and three fantastic felines! I’m pretty sure Nick and I are the craziest cat people around because we wrote and recorded an entire rock opera telling the true story of our cats’ lives! (Shameless plug: you can listen here!)
Speaking of music, I’m currently in two “bands.” They’re less bands than music production collaborations because we never perform and I don’t play any instruments! 😝
- Softpedal (a production trio with Scott Held, my husband, and me)
- Reverse Thrust (a production duo with my husband and me). Beware of explicit lyrics and strange subject matter…you’ve been warned!
Lastly, I love geeking out about personality types. In case you’re curious, my Myers-Briggs type (MBTI type) is ENFP and my Enneagram type is 7w6. I love laughing and just generally having a good time, and my goal in life is to leave the world a better place than I found it 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!