HHC Profile

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Stefanie Bourassa

Site supervisor and director, Sports Medicine Clinical Program

Department: Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network, Bone & Joint Institute

High School: Enfield High School, 2002

Degree(s): BS, exercise science, University of Hartford; MS, physical therapy, University of Hartford; doctor of physical therapy, Russell Sage College Major and why: Physical therapy with a minor in business administration

Home (is where the heart is): Enfield, CT, with my wife and twin 10-month-old daughters

Which of the 10 H3W Leadership Behaviors would you like to get better at this year and why? Being curious versus judgmental. I think this is one that is always a good growth opportunity.


1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I started off wanting to be a history teacher.

2. How did you end up doing what you do now?
My freshman year I played soccer and blew out my knee, tearing my ACL, MCL and meniscus. It was spent mostly in the athletic training room where I became interested in rehabilitating athletes and helping people.

3. Words to live by:
Every dream has a goal that begins with work.

4. A successful day at work is:
When I hear my staff laughing.

5. What’s playing in your car right now?
One Republic Radio on Pandora

6. What do you do for fun?
Rock climbing, hiking, traveling and spending time with my dogs, children and wife.

7. What motivates you?
My team and seeing how far we have come but how much further we can go.

8. What makes you angry?
The most irritating thing in my professional arena is people who do not implement best practices.

9. Have you ever taken one for the team?
The key word is team. There are always going to be sacrifices, compromises and moments where you have to remember or recognize your role.

10. What is your dream vacation?
I would love to go to Germany during October Fest.