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Meet exercise physiologist Kelsey Moody, MS, RCEP - she gives cardiac patients hope

December 14, 2016

“When I was thinking about a life-long career, I knew that I didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day. I’d rather do something that would keep me active,” said Kelsey Moody, MS, RCEP, a clinical exercise physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness at Baystate Medical Center.

Kelsey, of Suffield, CT, attended Springfield College, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

“I also knew that I wanted to work in an area where I could make a difference in people’s lives. While completing an internship in Cardiac Rehab here, I found that I enjoyed the process of prescribing exercise and educating patients about its benefits to improve their overall health. For us, exercise is medicine,” said Kelsey.

As Kelsey was completing her graduate program, an opportunity arose in Cardiac Rehab and she was hired.

Each person is unique

“Although we work with cardiac patients, each person is an individual with unique concerns and needs. Some have always been active and they want to get back safely to their daily routine, others have never exercised and find it may be intimidating. It’s our job to let them know this is a safe, comfortable place for them to be. We will guide them so they can receive the greatest benefit through our progressive program,” said Kelsey.

The Cardiac Rehab staff assesses all cardiac risk factors, from blood pressure to high cholesterol, to diabetes, among others. During her time in Cardiac Rehab, Kelsey has developed an interest in smoking cessation and earned her Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification.

“I enjoy bringing counseling to our patients and helping them overcome a very challenging addiction. I know the huge difference it will make in their life and to their heart,” she said.

When she isn’t working, Kelsey is busy these days planning for her wedding in 2017.

“It certainly keeps me very busy, but I cannot wait, counting the days until my magical day arrives,” she said.

Emphasis on physical fitness

When she’s not planning their wedding, she and her fiancé enjoy keeping physically fit.

“We live on a farm in Suffield, where there is plenty of land to take hikes through the back fields,” said Kelsey.

Kelsey said she is ready to celebrate the holidays and spend time with friends and family.

“Our family is really close. We will all gather at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve and spend the holiday together. There will be lots of laughter and plenty of holiday cheer, for sure,” she said.

The hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program offers a medically-supervised environment where heart attack, surgical, and congestive heart failure patients, under close supervision of cardiac health professionals like Kelsey, continue to recover following their cardiac event.

“Our goal is to get patients back to where they were before their cardiac event, if not even stronger. We help them understand limitations to keep them safe while working to explain their symptoms to alleviate their fears,” said Kelsey.

For more information on the cardiac gym located in the Tolosky Center in Springfield, call 794-7024.