Anna Hudson September 8, 2010Alumni spotlight: Kari R. Smith, D.P.T.’04 Professional backgroundI became a certified athletic trainer in 1996 after graduating from South Dakota State University. I earned my masters of science degree from DMU in 1998 and completed the post professional doctorate of physical therapy program in 2004. I worked for six years in private practice clinics in east Des Moines and Altoona before joining DMU. Now I work in the Physical Therapy Clinic at DMU. I am currently the PT clinic manager, clinician, and Pilates instructor for 50% of my job and the other 50% is at DMU in the Post Professional DPT program as an assistant professor. I coordinate the Orientation and Manual Therapy Interventions courses and teach the Pathology of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Medicine Systems courses.Favorite part of my jobI love to be a part of both the clinic and the academic settings. It is energizing to work with patients and with peers in the clinic. I enjoy facilitating the development of the PT clinic and providing opportunities for professional development of the PT clinic staff. Working in the PPDPT program, I have enjoyed the challenge of facilitating the students’ learning and retention in an online environment. I have also enjoyed the stimulating environment for professional development and learning opportunities for faculty and staff.Advice to those just starting out in the professionAlways remember the professional core values of a PT (accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, social responsibility, professionalism) and reflect on how you can improve upon each of them throughout your career. I would also recommend for someone starting a career as a PT to find a mentor who will challenge you to do your best and to continue to grow. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.