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2011 Forty Under 40: Nichole Wilson

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About me...
Nichole Wilson
Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Community Health Network
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Web sites:
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On my hip:
iPhone
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Most-used apps:
Microsoft Outlook
Voice Memo
Notes
iTunes
Pandora
iBooks
Favorite stuff:
Movies, including "Love & Basketball, "The Devil Wears Prada;" TV shows, including "The Amazing Race" and "A Different World;" books, including "Warriors Don't Cry," by Melba Patillo Beals; food, including BBQ Chicken Pizza, lump crab cake, rum cake and carrot cake; restaurants, including Pappadeaux, Harry & Izzy's, Oceanaire, Cheesecake Factory; websites, such as cnn.com, indystar.com and ibj.com; commentators, including Donna Brazile and the late Tim Russert; vacation spots, including St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Europe (Italy, Paris, London)
 

You won’t find Nichole Wilson in her office near Community Hospital North—she’s rarely there. As director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for Community Health Network since 2009, she is responsible for business development, growth and operation of 11 outpatient clinics for physical-, occupational-, speech- and massage therapy-services in the Indianapolis metro area.

Her work involves frequent travel to the north, east and south sides of town to visit the Rehab & Sports Medicine Centers, four or five of which have opened under her watch.

Wilson, 33, considers her position “perfect, because I’m in a leadership role of an area that I’m really passionate about. I’m really fortunate that I have a lot of great people to work with.”

Wilson came to work at Community Health Network in 2005 as a physical therapist while working on her clinical doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She did her undergraduate work at DePauw University, majoring in sports medicine.

“One of the reasons I got into physical therapy is I like the ability to help people return to what makes them happy,” she said.

“Even though I [no longer] work directly with patients, I feel a lot of what I do is still for patients.”

She and her husband have a “date” every Saturday in West Lafayette, where they are both working on MBA degrees at Purdue University.

Wilson is involved in several community organizations, from the board of Lacy Leadership Association to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Wilson, a Pike High School graduate, also believes in mentoring. She is a facilitator and mentor for the Center for Leadership Development to support minority students through high school and college. She herself is a graduate of the CLD programs.

She also founded a mentoring program for minority students interested in allied health professions. She is on the curriculum advisory council for the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.

“I’ve always been super-involved,” she said. “I’m passionate about my work and my community.”•

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