Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Undergrad School: Loras College, masters from Drake University
Major: Finance and Business Management with a masters in Business Administration
Class: Doctor of Physical Therapy – Class of 2013
Any advice for prospective students?
My advice for prospective students is to ask current students what you want to know such as how much time to do you study and did you feel prepared for your clinicals? I also asked those already in the field what the perspective is of the graduates from DMU (which was overwhelmingly positive). Do not be afraid to ask questions to help you make a decision that best fits you.
Why do you want to be a physical therapist?
I want to be a PT to build a relationship with patients and help them through a painful or difficult time. I want to see them progress and meet their goals.
When I’m not studying, I relax by playing volleyball or intramurals, working out or spending time with friends.
I like the emphasis on manual therapy and the accessibility to faculty who want to help you succeed.
Right now my dream job would be to work in a NICU, however I have a lot to learn and experience so that could change.
Favorite thing about Des Moines:
There are many, such as attending shows at the Civic Center, the annual skywalk golf tournament held in February and sand volleyball.