Pat received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1982. Soon after graduation, she went on to obtain a specialization in the treatment of upper extremity injuries while serving as a therapist in the United States Army. In 1991, she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy with an emphasis in education and exercise science. Her entire career has been dedicated to the rehabilitation of upper extremity injuries. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the occupational therapy program at Belmont University. She is licensed by the state of TN as an occupational therapist and holds a certification as a hand therapist by the American Society of Hand therapists.