Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Caring, goofy, honest, athletic
At what moment in your life did you decide you wanted to go into healthcare?
After multiple trips to the physical therapist, for sports related injuries, I was exposed to expert physical therapists that cared about my health and had a positive impact on my ability to return to sport. I wanted to be a part of a profession that could have such positive and direct impacts on peoples’ lives.
What were the main obstacles you faced?
Meeting and exceeding the prerequisites took a lot of time, effort, and sacrifice, but I knew what my goal was and I’m glad that I made those choices.
Why did you choose Samuel Merritt University?
The faculty seemed very interested in the success of the students and nurturing well-rounded physical therapists that are ready to begin practicing immediately. I have worked alongside physical therapists that have attended physical therapy school at SMU and they had nothing but positive things to say.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
I have always enjoyed studying anatomy, biomechanics and the patient management courses. Practicing out in the real world, during clinical experiences, puts it all into perspective.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
Some of my classmates and students from other SMU programs have been playing indoor soccer weekly and has been a great way to get the blood moving. It has also been a great way to meet other SMU students. When I find time, I can usually be found climbing some rocks, biking trails, or puttering around on my snowboard. Oh, and eating good food.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
It may be a challenging journey, but if you’re excited about helping people move and feel better, then it’ll all be worth it.