Katie Reibel

Hometown: Marine on the St. Croix, MN
Undergrad school: Southwest Minnesota State University
Major/minor: Exercise Science
Class: Doctor of Physical Therapy – Class of 2015


What is your advice for prospective students?

Come into the first year being flexible. I had what I thought were great study habits from undergrad however, after the first month of classes I had to completely change my way of doing things. The classes here move at a faster pace; being flexible and willing to adapt will help make a smooth transition.

Why do you want to be a physical therapist?

I have always wanted to be in the health field, but I was unsure of where exactly. I love working with people and after observing several therapists and getting to see the amazing changes that were made I knew that is what I wanted to do.   

What are your extracurricular activities?

Running, hunting, boating, rollerblading, shopping, road trips, bonfires, traveling,  

Why did you choose DMU?

The technology used at DMU is awesome.  The price of the school is unbeatable; a private school at a state cost. Lastly, the facility itself has a professional feeling when you walk through the door. I was sold after my tour.

What are your career objectives?

At this point in time I want to work with pediatrics. However, I still have a ton to learn so once I complete my internships at DMU this may change.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I work out, go to Grey’s Lake or Saylorville Lake, eat at Orange Leaf (best froyo shop ever), relax and hang out with friends. 

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

Des Moines has so much to offer. Saylorville Lake is my all-time favorite. It has a clean beach, great spot for bonfires and a small marina with a restaurant on the lake.