Lindsey Holmes brings a champion athlete's perspective to her role as the newly hired clinical manager at the Farmington office of ProEx, a physical therapist-owned private practice specializing in orthopedics,spine,and sports medicine. She has finished in the top 200 among women at both the Boston and New York City marathons. "I've always been active in sports. I did every sport as a child," said Holmes,28. She was designated as All-New England high school runner and an All-NEC in college while running for Quinnipiac University, where she earned a Master of Physical Therapy. She also has her manual therapy certification from the University of St. Augustine where she is currently working on a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Along with evaluating and treating patients, Holmes will be responsible for managing daily operations of the clinic and the staff. Prior to joining ProEx, Holmes was a physical therapist and assistant director of the physical therapy and sports medicine centers in Westbrook and the head coach of Daniels Hand High School girls track and field teams in Madison. Her career path might have taken a different turn if Holmes liked being around dead people. While a junior in high school, she heard a talk by famed pathologist Dr. Henry Lee. It piqued her curiosity enough to have her shadow a pathologist for the day. "But I realized I'd be dealing more with dead people," she said. "I wanted to help people get back to good health." It's a field that has her working on clients from ages nine to 90, Holmes said. They range from serious athletes to weekend warriors to folks recovering from motor vehicle accidents and surgeries. Her manual therapy work, she said, combined with exercise helps patients attain full mobility faster. "It gives me more techniques to employ to give the patient a greater outcome," Holmes explained. "I love working with all types of patients, but especially athletes who want to return to sports." Next stop on Holmes' career route could be a classroom. After completing her doctor of physical therapy, she may teach physical therapy at the university level.