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Jun 25 2022

Ward, Roosevelt

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Professional Goal Statement

My time with the UNC DPT program has taught me to be a well rounded physical therapist who applies an evidence based approach when delivering my evaluation techniques and treatment approaches to future patients. Following graduation, I aim to work as a licensed physical therapy with general orthopedic patients and athletes in the triangle. I would like to positively contribute to a working environment with other passionate physical therapists and develop relationships with mentors that will help with growth as a new clinician. In addition to working on the clinical side, I want to push the field of physical therapy forward by increasing my organizational management knowledge and promoting advocacy for both clinicians and patients alike.


Career Plan

Prior Experiences

  • Semi-Professional Ultimate Frisbee Player 2014-2020: Played in the AUDL for the New York Empire and Raleigh Flyers.
  • College Football 2014-2016: Played WR for Western Connecticut State University
  • December 2016 – Graduated BA economics from Western Connecticut State University
  • Lumesis 2017 – Financial analyst analyzing municipal bonds
  • Opened multiple small businesses 2017-2022: Real estate, ecommerce


Physical Therapy Education and Experiences


Anticipated Graduation August 2022: Doctor of Physical Therapy – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Clinical Affiliations:

  • October-December 2020, 8 weeks: Outpatient Orthopedics – UNC Wayne Outpatient Physical Therapy, Goldsboro, NC
    • General musculoskeletal diagnoses and post-operative surgeries (rotator cuff, ACL, PCL, Total knee replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Menisectomy)
  • March-April 2021, 8 weeks: Inpatient Rehabilitation – Wakemed Hospital Raleigh, NC
    • Stroke rehabilitation, lower extremity amputation, low back surgeries, cardiopulmonary conditions and aquatic therapy
  • May-June 2021, 8 weeks: Acute Care – UNC medical center in Chapel Hill, NC
    • Primarily on the oncology and bone marrow transplant floor, also floated to post-operative elective orthopedic surgeries, cardiopulmonary, TBI and stroke rehabilitation
  • April-May 2022, 4 weeks: Out patient Orthopedics Integrated Clinical Experience – UNC in Hillsborough, NC
    • General musculoskeletal diagnoses including chronic low back pain, general deconditioning, lateral ankle sprain, total knee replacement, cervicogenic headaches, rotator cuff, tennis elbow
  • June-July 2022, 8 weeks: Outpatient Orthopedics – UNC Ambulatory Care Center in Chapel Hill, NC
    • Treated patients with general orthopedic diagnoses through out the life span with conditions in the hip, knee, ankle, spine and shoulder.  Other conditions treated were CRPS, TMD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, post concussion, return to sport. Provided telehealth and aquatic therapy services.


Professional Development and Experiences:

  • 2022 – Present: Member of American Physical Therapy Academy, North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • March 2020 – February 2021: Networking Committee member of UNC Student Physical Therapy Association
  • Participated in a physical fitness assessment for Special Olympic athletes in the triangle
  • PT evaluation at Urban Ministries of Durham
  • Sideline medical volunteer for youth ultimate frisbee in North Carolina and beach national championships in Virginia
  • Sports Physical Therapy and Advanced Orthopedic elective courses during my third year
  • Teachers assistant demonstrating hands instruction of special tests, manual therapy, patient case decisions and content presentation


Future Goals

  • Graduate from UNC with Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree August 2022
  • Sit for the Physical Therapy licensure exam October 27, 2022
  • Begin my career work in outpatient orthopedics in an environment that encourages clinical growth and development for physical therapists early in career
  • Obtain OCS and aquatic certification within the first 3 years of practicing to expand knowledge base to provide improved quality of care for my patients
  • Volunteer with the NCPTA to continue advancing advocacy in the areas of reimbursement, clinician burn out and patient care
  • Pursue leadership opportunities with my employer




  • Communication
    • A combination of my general interest in others, welcoming demeanor and background working in economics has taught me about the importance and rejuvenation I feel when connecting with others.
  • Empathetic
    • I have a soft spot for others who are experiencing physical and emotional pain. I chose to change careers because I believe a life of serving others is a life worth living. I strive to understand others so I can best address their needs.
  • Innovative
    • I have started a handful of businesses during my 20s, I enjoy learning new things and stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone. In the clinic, I strive to keep up with research and fresh ideas to care best for my patients.
  • Flexible
    • Learning adaptability has been a central theme of my life for the last decade. Changing careers and going to school during a pandemic has given me the strength and resilience to adapt to my future endeavors in physical therapy.


Areas for Professional Development

  • Clinical Reasoning application: During my time at UNC DPT I gained great clinical reasoning skills for identifying patient diagnosis, evaluation and plan of care. Although, I would like to further increase my knowledge of how to best address all impairments identified. Experience is necessary in further honing this skill.
  • Increase my knowledge base for interventions and applicable outcome measures: I have developed a good base of interventions and outcome measures, but I think it will be valuable to further expand my interventions/outcome measure options so I can address all areas of the entire patient according to the ICF model.
  • Further skills of motivational interviewing: I have decent interviewing skills, but I would like to continue working on identifying things that will increase patient’s own self efficacy. I want to help patient’s identify where they are, where they want to be and how I can support them on that path.



  • Gain a strong background in treating patients from all backgrounds including my
  • Graduate from UNC DPT and pass the NPTE to obtain PT licensure
  • Find employment from an outpatient clinic in the triangle that will allow me to further my clinical skills and have mentorship opportunities to grow as a clinician early in my career
  • Obtain OCS certification within the first 3 years of practicing as a clinician to allow for improved care for my patients


Specific Strategies for Success

  • During my last rotation, pursue opportunities to further develop my evidence-based approach to patient treatment and evaluation
  • Take PEAT exam in July 2022, stay consistent with NPTE study schedule and participate in “crash course” following graduation to prepare for licensure exam
  • Continue to shadow mentors, clinicians and faculty to develop clinical skills


Sample of Work during DPT Curriculum

  • Capstone: Burn out in Physical Therapy
    • Lecture presentation on the impact of burn out in physical therapy and how physical therapists and management can address the issue/start the conversation.
  • Teacher-Scholar Lecture: Physical Therapy Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Presented to 1st year physical therapy students in MSK 1 as part of my Teacher Scholar experience
  • Sports Elective Presentation: Return to sport for Ultimate Frisbee Athletes
    • Presented as final project in PHYT 874 Topic in Sports Elective


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In the summer of 2020, I viewed the online presentation of the APTA’s Dr. Lynda Woodruff Lecture series. Dr. Woodruff was a black physical therapist who was a leader and champion for expanding diversity in physical therapy school admission and clinical practice. The lecture series outlined a number of diversity issues in the field of physical therapy today, at the forefront was the underrepresentation of black physical therapists in both physical therapy admissions and clinical practice. The current representation of black physical therapists is significantly below the number of black Americans in the United States. Panelists presented research that highlighted healthcare inequities that black Americans experience in the healthcare system, especially in rehabilitation. It was inspiring to hear from the leaders in our field who are pushing forward initiatives to increase access to care and physical therapy school admission for black Americans. Near the end of the presentation, panelists suggested areas to focus on for change; education on the issue, education on the history of inequality, understanding individual biases, creating pipelines for increasing diversity and having hard conversations with those who are different than oneself.

As a white American, who has received countless benefits and privileges from my skin color, I learned much from the suggestions from the panelists. One of the first things I wanted to do was educate myself more on the history of systemic racism in the United States. A book called “The Color of Law” was highly recommended by panelists in this event. I learned from this book that black Americans have a deep history of social economic inequities that stem from injustices. One of these injustices was the restriction of home ownership in the 1900s. A mixture of deliberate and intentional laws were created to restrict housing ownership to white Americans. From a financial perspective, owning a piece of property in the United States is one of the best passive ways to develop generational wealth. Without knowing it many white Americans, including my family, have indirectly and directly benefitted financially from laws that segregated home ownership. Coming to understand this financial inequity from a theoretical framework has been beneficial for me in cementing my desire to support further initiatives to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the both the profession of physical therapy and access to services.


Reflective Statement

Four years ago, I took a big risk to change careers and move to North Carolina. At times it has been difficult to make these changes and uproot my old life, but I cannot be happier that I made the decision. I am proud to say that in a short time period I will be a graduate of the University of North Carolina DPT program. Carolina has challenged me to be a clinician who is equipped to keep up with current research, treat the whole patient, be inquisitive, advocate for others and strive to always have a patient centered mindset. I cannot begin to thank the faculty and staff who have helped me get through these 3 years and mold me into the clinician I am today.

From the first day I started class with my classmates and faculty, I knew that my career outlook was going to be very different. I wanted to work with other people who were striving to make a change in the lives of others and I have found that with this phenomenal group of people. The didactic courses at Carolina have provided me the skills to be a well rounded physical therapist that can treat patients with many different evaluation and treatment strategies. I feel incredibly blessed to have had a well rounded clinical experience, with excellent clinical instructors that have prepared me to treat patients with many conditions and walks of life. I have learned through this experience that I gain an immense amount of satisfaction in treating patients and helping them toward their goals. During these 3 years, I have learned to overcome challenges, celebrate the victories in life and truly embrace the process of growth. Following UNC DPT, I cannot wait to continue learning, growing and developing to be the best person and physical therapist I can be.




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Jun 02 2017

Melody Tran

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Melody Tran

Professional Goal Statement

I believe I have a fiduciary duty to be a positive influence in my patients’ and their caregivers’/family’s lives. I strive to be most effective in making this impact on the greatest number of people through an organization that prioritizes holistic and quality care; cost-effectiveness and accountability; and teamwork and compassion. Through continuing education and clinical experience, I hope to achieve an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification to gain an insightful understanding of health care delivery through evidence-based rehabilitative and preventive measures. Coupled with my background and experience in health administration, I intend to bridge these different but synergistic skill-sets to meet a broad spectrum of needs among patients, their families, and the team of providers who carry out their health plans. Throughout my career, I aim to make meaningful contributions toward the profession of physical therapy, the health care industry, and the world of academia.


Career Plan (0 – 5 Years)

  • Sit for PT Licensure Exam – July 2017
  • Graduate with DPT (UNC-CH) – August 2017
  • Attain an orthopedic specialist certification
  • Attain a lean/six sigma certification (green belt)
  • Explore PhD interests and involvement in research and academia




  • Master’s degree in Health Services Administration (2014)
  • Process and Quality Improvement experience using Lean methodology
  • Certified Personal Trainer by American College of Sports Medicine (2013)
  • Leadership experience as UNC SPTA Vice President, Student Advisory Committee class representative, and Division of Physical Therapy representative on the Allied Health Sciences Communications Committee
  • Personal qualities in taking initiative, communication skills with patients and colleagues on an interdisciplinary team, and quick/efficient and flexible learner

Areas for Professional Development

  • Experience treating patients with neurological conditions through the continuum of care
  • Advanced clinical reasoning and EBP with appropriate exercise progressions for complex and higher-level patients/athletes
  • Continue cultivating professional network and relationships with career mentors



  • Graduate with a DPT from UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Become a licensed PT
  • Maintain ACSM CPT and earn specialty certification of OCS


Strategic Plan

  • Complete a unique 12-week affiliation with an administrative/clinical split focus
  • Seek out PT positions with high growth opportunities
  • Seek out clinics serving an orthopedic and neurological population for direct patient care experience
  • Maintain active membership in APTA


Electives & Capstone

COHE 6300 – Health Law

PHYT 875 – Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention

PHYT 854 – Capstone Project: The immediate effects of heel lifts in ambulatory boys with DMD: a pilot study.


Product Examples

Below are a few examples of some of the work I have accomplished during my time in the UNC DPT program (date of completion).



Reflective Statement

The UNC DPT program has provided me with invaluable experiences in developing my clinical skills while fostering my professional skills in a compassionate and family-oriented environment. Over the course of the past three years, I have been able to immerse myself in the curriculum while also taking advantage of the multitude of opportunities and extracurricular activities available to me in the University and Health System’s community. As Vice President of SPTA, I was honored to work alongside a group of devoted and capable executive partners and committee chairs for continuing education, fundraising, events, sunshine, and philanthropy. Through the efforts of graduate student organizations at UNC, the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a student-led free medical clinic, was another avenue for developing my clinical skills under the mentorship by volunteer faculty members. Active clinical practice by faculty members with a breadth of experience and expertise gave me the opportunity to pursue my professional interest in advanced skills including: custom orthoses fabrication, clinical research from application for IRB approval to follow-up with study participants, program development and administrative support, and APTA advocacy in legislative processes. The proximity of UNC Health System also allowed me to maintain my interest in process and quality improvement initiatives. Taking on a role as a Supply Chain Analyst with UNC Health developed a greater understanding of healthcare delivery services through the hospital. A unique 12-week affiliation allowing for a clinical and administrative split has also primed me for pursuing my professional interest in bridging my DPT clinical training with my MHSA and health administration background. The culmination of these experiences has given me a strong foundation as I strive to make a meaningful impact in the physical therapy profession, health care industry, and the community in which I live.

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May 31 2017

Christopher Green

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Professional Goal Statement

Upon graduating from the DPT program at UNC–Chapel Hill, I will enter into an orthopedic residency to further develop my skills as an evidenced-based clinician. When I finish the residency and successfully complete the Orthopedic Certified Specialist exam, I hope to gain employment at a major medical center as an orthopedic physical therapist where I will begin to develop expertise at applying the skills I learned in the PT school and the residency. I look forward to participating regularly in continuing education opportunities, to remain involved in the advocacy for our profession, and become a lead therapist. After being a full-time clinician for a number of years, I would like to complete an MBA in Medical Management. My hope is that this will allow me to split time between seeing patients and managing clinics, either through a major medical system or by entering into the private practice area. I want to place myself in a position to make large scale changes that both advocate for the needs of patients and PTs alike. It is also my intent to stay involved in the educational realm, including teaching, being a clinical instructor, and providing mentorship to students, physical therapists, and health professionals in general.

Career Plan

1-5 Years

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Licensure as a Physical Therapist in North Carolina
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist
  • Employment in the orthopedic setting of a major medical center in NC

5-10 Years

  • Certified Clinical Instructor
  • Lead Clinical Therapist
  • Entry into MBA program

10-15 Years

  • Completion of MBA
  • Educational involvement in DPT programs through teaching, consulting, and potentially research
  • Managing clinics through major medical system in NC (hopefully UNC!) or owning/managing private practice

Self Assessment


  • 2 years experience as university professor
  • 8 weeks of orthopedic experience in a spine specialty clinic
  • Leadership experience as UNC SPTA President, Student Advisory Committee class representative
  • Professional involvement at local, state, and national levels, including hosting an inaugural national advocacy dinner for physical therapy at UNC
  • The rage to master my craft combined with real world professional and educational experience.
  • Regularly volunteer and advocate at the local and state level

Opportunities for Growth

  • Experience with higher level patients, including athletes
  • Experience with orthopedics in a private practice setting
  • Develop professional network
  • Develop relationships with career mentors
  • Work/life balance


  • Graduate from DPT Program at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Become a licensed physical therapist in NC
  • Complete an orthopedic residency
  • Become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist
  • Identify and enroll in MBA program

Specific Strategies

  • Continue to volunteer for orthopedic opportunities including NC Special Olympics and NC Marathon Race support
  • Enroll in ICE program to continue development of orthopedic skills
  • Remain in contact with and utilize support from mentors at UNC
  • Interview clinic managers and directors to develop a better sense of what is involved in their role and to inform my future decision making.


  • PHYT 875 – Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention
  • PHYT 870 – Integrated Clinical Experience
  • PHYT 754 – Independent Research Experience

Product Examples

Critically Appraised Topic: For my Evidence Based Practice II class at UNC-CH, I produced a Critically Appraised Topic that assessed several studies that examined the relationship between prognostic factors and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), a commonly used outcome measure for LBP-related disability.

Review of Literature: As part of an independent research class, I generated a review of LBP literature that included a survey of commonly studied prognostic factors, a review the psychometric properties of the ODI, a discussion of multivariate logistic regression analysis, and a consideration of LBP clinical prediction rules.

CSM Abstract: The culmination of my Capstone project was the completion of a manuscript regarding spine pain, direct access, and healthcare costs. For the complete project overview, please visit:

Other Professional Activities

  • President, UNC Student Physical Therapy Association
  • Class Representative, UNC Student Advisory Committee
  • Member, APTA, NCPTA, Orthopedic Section, Sports Physical Therapy Section, Private Practice Section, Education Section, Research Section
  • Legislative advocacy
    • NCPTA Legislative Day
    • Spinal Manipulation Task Force
  • Conference Attendance
    • APTA Combined Sections Meeting
    • NCPTA Fall Conference

Reflective Statement

As I reflect on my time in the UNC DPT program, I am humbled by having the opportunity to grow and learn in such a supportive environment. I have been inspired by the passion of my instructors and the motivation of my cohort, all of whom I also consider friends. I chose to come to UNC because of the genuineness of the family environment I felt when I first interacted with faculty and future students at our interview day. It is safe to say those intuitions have held true and I could not be happier to have shared the last three years of my life in Chapel Hill with my new extended family. I began physical therapy school with an open mind to all the dynamic areas of the profession. The coursework, clinical experiences, and patient population that has most captivated me, however, has been outpatient orthopedics. The prevalent low back pain problem I encountered during my clinical rotations captured my attention, in particular, and inspired much of my research and efforts during my third year in the program. I feel confident that I have set myself on a path to reach my personal and professional goals. I look forward to the challenges ahead and I aspire to represent the UNC DPT family with the highest of standards in all my future endeavors!

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May 31 2017

Chloe Smith

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Professional Goal Statement

My aim is to become a competent and successful bilingual pediatric physical therapist.  I hope to use a combination of clinical experience, evidence-based practice, and my life experiences thus far to make a positive impact in the lives of my patients and their families through maximizing the functional mobility of my patients.



  • Graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Become a board certified physical therapist
  • Complete a pediatric residency
  • Become a Pediatric Clinical Specialist
  • Become a Clinical Instructor
  • Become fluent in Spanish


Career Plan

Past History

  • Graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology and minors in Spanish and Psychology.
  • Clinical Rotations:
    • Outpatient Orthopedics: 8 weeks at Craven Physical Therapy & Spine in New Bern, NC
    • Acute Pediatrics: 8 weeks at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC
    • NeuroTrauma ICU: 8 weeks at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC
    • Outpatient Pediatrics: 12 weeks at Duke Health in Durham, NC

Future Goals

  • Graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August 2017
  • Travel to Guatemala in August 2017 for 8 weeks to improve my Spanish speaking ability and work in a long-term care facility with pediatric patients
  • Find employment in a pediatric setting post-graduation to gain confidence and experience in the field
  • Communicate fluently with my Spanish-speaking patients
  • Complete a pediatric residency in the next 3-5 years
  • Serve as a clinical instructor by 2022
  • Work in a pediatric acute care setting serving patients in the NICU, PICU, and floor patients by 2025




  • Years of experience working with children (swim, basketball, and volleyball coach, babysitter, camp counselor)
  • Attended “Therapy Interventions for the Infant Born Preterm: NICU to Preschool” lecture series at VCU
  • Experience translating for nurses and receptionists with Hispanic patients at UNC Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinic

Areas of Further Development:

  • Further education of the Spanish language in order to develop a more fluid way of speaking to my Hispanic patients and their parents sans interpreter
  • Involvement in pediatric volunteer opportunities
  • Attendance of physical therapy conferences and networking opportunities
  • Shadowing and clinical opportunities in the NICU and EI settings
  • Understanding of EI and opportunities available for children with disabilities and their families



Special Strategies

  • Find pediatric-specific volunteer and shadowing opportunities
  • Take classes and read articles/novels in Spanish, go on international service trips, and spend time with Spanish-speaking people to increase my confidence in my conversational Spanish
  • Attend lectures and conferences specifically for pediatric physical therapy
  • Seek out translating opportunities in my community
  • Find a good mentor at my first job who I feel comfortable asking questions to as I start treating more complex patients


Specific Outline


  • Advanced Pediatrics (Fall 2016)
  • Advanced Medical Spanish (Spring 2017)
  • Integrated Clinical Experience (Spring 2017)

Guatemala Trip – Medical Spanish Immersion program and long-term care facility volunteering (Summer/Fall 2017)

Capstone: I created a presentation in Spanish regarding techniques to improve respiratory function in patients with neuromotor delay.  I hope to present this topic to the physical therapists at Las Obras Hermano Pedro during my time volunteering there in September/October 2017.

Key Players:

  • Dana McCarty has served as my advisor for my capstone project and the person I have turned to for all my questions regarding the job search, resumes, and cover letters.
  • Lisa Johnston has served as my connection to the long-term care facility in Guatemala at which I am planning on volunteering.
  • Kristen Montgomery was one of my clinical instructors at UNC Children’s Hospital and has served as a mentor throughout the rest of my physical therapy schooling.

Job Search: I am looking for employment in facilities that have good opportunities for mentorship for new graduates in the pediatric setting.

Product Examples


Reflective Statement

Coming into PT school, I had no idea what to expect.  I remember telling a friend before school started that I wasn’t sure what area of PT I was interested in but that I didn’t want to work in pediatrics and I didn’t want to work in a hospital.  Naturally, I then fell in love with acute care pediatrics during a clinical rotation in a hospital setting, and that has guided my intended career path extensively.  I absolutely love the positive attitudes and the determination of my pediatric patients and I look forward to working with kids full-time.

These past 3 years have been some of the most challenging yet the most rewarding years of my life.  I have grown both personally and professionally in so many ways.  I could not be more thankful for my professors, fellow classmates, and incredible clinical instructors who have made this experience so worthwhile.  I have learned more than I could have imagined and I very much look forward to put my preparation into practice.

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May 14 2017

Whitney Huryta

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Professional Goal

It is my professional goal to become a skilled and well-rounded physical therapist with my doctor of physical therapy degree. Though my current goal is to work in a general outpatient setting, I aspire to attain my multiple sclerosis certified specialist and neurologic specialist certifications, in order to better provide services to these patient populations. It is my goal to utilize evidence-based physical therapy to improve the quality of life of those I work with and provide education that would enhance their independence in healthcare management.

Career Plan

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science (UNC Wilmington) 2012
  • Master of Science with concentration in Marine Biology (UNC Wilmington) 2014
  • UNC Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (August 2014-August 2017)
    • Clinical Rotation 1: NC Center for Physical Therapy, Durham, NC 27713
    • Clinical Rotation 2: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    • Clinical Rotation 3: UNC Hospital Acute Neurology Rotation, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    • Clinical Rotation 4: Federal Medical Complex at Butner, NC
  • Continue APTA membership 2014 onward
  • Attend National Student Conclave 2015
  • Obtain LSVTbig certification 2015
  • Lead Medical Mission Trip to Orissa India, through GHI Dec 2015-Jan 2016
  • MS Step Up Program 2015-2017
    • Organize and lead MS Walk in Raleigh NC Team
    • Present poster at CMSC 2016
    • Plan and implement research project as a part of Capstone 2016-2017
    • Present case study at ground rounds 2017
    • Run Free from Falls for Pts with MS 2017
    • Organize Journal Club 2016-2017
    • Attend CMSC 2017
  • Sit for licensure exam July 2017
  • 4 month medical mission trip to Peru 2017
  • Attain a full-time position as a physical therapist in NC 2018
  • Complete continuing education courses appropriate for practice setting
  • Sit for the MSCS exam in 2nd year of clinical experience, caseload permitting
  • Within 10 years of practice, earn NCS certification

Self Assessment


  1. Participation in MS Step Up program
  2. Passion for continuing education
  3. Experience working with Pts with neurological conditions
  4. Previous experience with research, teaching and presenting through achieving Master of Science degree
  5. Compassion
  6. Positivity and eagerness to learn and grow as a professional in physical therapy

Areas for professional development

  1. Orthopedic evaluation and treatment
  2. Physical therapy-specific research project
  3. Manual techniques


  1. Improve final score on MSCRS to above average or excellent competence on at least 90% of all of the items
  2. Present Capstone research project at a national conference
  3. Graduate as a doctor of physical therapy in August 2017
  4. Provide physical therapy services to underserved populations both internationally and locally

Outline of Course Plan 


  • PHYT 875 Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention (3)
  • PHYT 754 Research Experience (2)
  • PHYT 800 Fall/Spring Independent Study “Teacher/Scholar” (1)


  • PHYT 870 Integrated Clinical Experience (1)


  • Research Project with Prue to be presented as a poster- Ampyra and physical therapy- impact on Pts with MS

Specific Strategies for Professional Development

  1. Participate in at least 1 credit integrated clinical experience, in an outpatient orthopedic setting in order to improve in orthopedic evaluation and treatment
  2. Perform research under supervision of Prue Plummer for capstone project and present at national conference
  3. Travel to Peru after licensed to aid an underserved population and develop leadership in international missions
  4. Continue to be an active ambassador of the Allied Health Division

Product Examples

  1. Lecture Materials from Teaching Scholar Elective
    As a part of my time at UNC chapel Hill, I was able to develop and present a 4 hour lecture for the second year doctor of physical therapy students who were enrolled in Neuromuscular Intervention II. I have linked the lecture materials in PDF format here: Multiple Sclerosis Lecture Part 1-Background InformationMS Lecture Part 2- MS Physical Therapy,MS Lecture Part 3- Case Study. After the lecture ended, I asked the students and professors for feedback. Here is a summary of the feedback that I received:Whitney Huryta-Instructor Evaluation 2017.
  2. In-service Presentation
    Throughout my time at UNC, I have had the opportunity to work in 4 different clinical settings. In each setting I presented a unique in-service presentation. An example of one presentation is linked here:Vestibular Rehabilitation in the Acute Setting.
  3. Final Course Project for Advanced Orthopedics Elective
    In an Advanced Orthopedics Elective I composed a paper on sacroiliac joint dysfunction, including function, tissues, mechanisms of injury,clinical diagnosis and treatment options: The Sacroiliac Joint.
  4. Capstone Project
    During my time in the doctor of physical therapy program, I had the opportunity to conduct research and present this research at a conference. To see these materials, please visit this page:

Reflective Statement

Throughout my time as a doctor of physical therapy student at UNC Chapel Hill, I have had many wonderful opportunities for personal and professional development. I have gained valuable skills and knowledge in the field of physical therapy and have sought out extra learning opportunities, such as through the MS Step Up scholarship program, certification in LSVTbig, in neuromuscular physical therapy in presentation of lectures and in-services within that niche, attendance at local and national conferences, participation in advocacy day and through the counsel of mentors. I have participated in many service and leadership opportunities both locally and abroad including through SHAC, Global Hope India, New City Church Launch Team and SPTA philanthropy committee. I am advancing in my professional goals and I am excited for where the path of physical therapy will lead me in the future. I hope that all of the opportunities I have participated in during my time at UNC will allow for me to provide quality care to my future patients, though I realize I still have much to learn and will continue to seek out additional resources and opportunities in the future that will enhance my profession as a physical therapist. I could not have achieved all that I have today if it weren’t for the work that God is doing in and through me and the wonderful support network that I have had through my church, family, friends, fellow classmates, faculty, mentors, clinical instructors and the volunteer leadership team ahead of the MS Step Up program. A huge thank you to everyone who has made my professional and personal development possible during these past 3 years!

Orientation Field Day with my classmates! Couldn’t have made it through without these guys!

Wellness Walk 2014

As an allied health ambassador, I had the opportunity to work with other students to organize events for allied health week, such as the Wellness Walk!


Also, while at UNC, I got married!!! 😀

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Jun 06 2016

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Professional Goal statement:

My goal is to provide quality comprehensive care for a diverse patient population and participate in community outreach events to promote the health and well-being of all of our community members. In the future, I hope to advance my career in leadership roles as a mentor for future physical therapists, a clinical instructor, to become a faculty member of an accredited physical therapy program and to participate in research to contribute to the development of the Physical Therapy profession.


Career Plan:

May 2008: BA in Biology, Spanish, Agnes Scott College

2008-Present: Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance. Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA

2010-2013: Bilingual Medical Assistant, Carrboro Community Health Center, Piedmont Health Services

2012-2013: Practice Manager, Carolina Integrative Healthcare

2013-2016: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

2014-2015: Operations Coordinator at Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC)

2014-2016: Anatomy and Special Populations instructor for Skill In Action, A Yoga Alliance Accredited 200 hour yoga teacher training program.

2015-2016: Complete Capstone: A pilot research study examining the effects of combining dalfampridine with physical therapy for gait rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis. Write an abstract and submit capstone research experience for presentation at a national conference or for publication.

July 2016: Pass the NPTE Exam

August 2016: Graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from UNC

5 Year Plan:

Begin physical therapy career in an outpatient clinic with opportunities to use neuro and orthopedic evaluation and treatment skills.

Begin work as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students

10 Year Plan:

Complete either residency program or PhD in Human Movement Sciences to expand my expertise and contribute to physical therapy evidence based practice.

Begin work as a faculty member of an accredited physical therapy program


Self Assessment: Strengths

  • Active member of the APTA, CSM attendee 2015
  • Previous experience working with a diverse patient population and developing excellent communication skills. I am skilled at connecting with patients, expressing empathy, and motivating them.
  • Spanish fluency: Experience working internationally in development and participated in 2016 Physical Therapy International Service Learning Trip to Guatemala.
  • Experience as an educator: Guest instructor for Yoga Alliance accredited 200 hour yoga teacher training program, Skill in Action. I presented on topics such as anatomy, biomechanics, yoga for special populations, and modifications for safety and efficacy of yoga practice.
  • Excellent skills in instructing movement with experience as a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I have gathered a large variety of treatment ideas through these experiences and also have gained a good understanding of how to modify therapeutic exercises and physical activity to be accessible for people at a wide variety of functional and fitness levels.
  • Motivated to provide evidence-based care for optimal patient outcomes.
  • Wide range of interests with an open mind


Self-Assessment: Areas of further development

  • Orthopedic and Neuro PT evaluation and treatment skills.
  • Continue practice speaking Spanish through volunteer work and time spent with Spanish speaking community in the triangle and abroad.
  • Expanding knowledge of current research topics and Evidence Based Physical Therapy through journal clubs and electronic data base searches.



  • Increase knowledge of orthopedic assessment and intervention by completing Advanced Orthopedic Assessment elective course and use knowledge in final clinical rotation.
  • Continue to use my Spanish speaking skills to serve the Latino population, both locally and internationally.
  • Participate in research project and publish research from capstone project.
  • Pass and sit for the Federation State Boards of Physical Therapy Exam in July 2016.


Specific Strategies:

  • Continue involvement with training yoga teachers nationally and internationally.
  • Continue to assess my areas of weakness/areas for further development. Maintain relationships with mentors and choose Continuing Education courses to enhance my clinical skills.
  • Continue to participate in clinical research to further develop evidence for physical therapy.
  • Prepare a case study or abstract for submission to present at conference.
  • Enroll in continuing education courses to facilitate evidence-based practice.

DPT Project Examples:

Evidence Based Practice Critically Appraised Topic: Comparing The Effects of Therapuetic Yoga and Dalfampridine on Balance and Falls Risk in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

HMSC Abstract

HMSC Poster


I am so grateful to have been able to study physical therapy at the University of North Carolina. The UNC DPT program has provided me with a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor control and the importance of evidence-based practice. Throughout my time in this program I have been impressed over and over again by the expert faculty members who have been dedicated in contributing to the profession of physical therapy, have shared their knowledge, and helped enhance our experiences as DPT students.

During my first year I met with my advisor to discuss my clinical and research interests and ended up discussing at length what would end up being my biggest challenge throughout the entire program: choosing from what at times seemed like too many amazing opportunities! I came into this program with a broad range of interests and I have been able to expand on those interests both in and out of the class because of this amazing program. I have been able to volunteer and work with under-served populations through my work with the SHAC clinic, community health fairs, philanthropy and service trips both within my home state (Eastern North Carolina) and internationally (Guatemala). I have had the opportunity to hone teaching and presenting skills, and expand my clinical experience through exceptional clinical rotations. I have been lucky enough to participate in research and have gained a great deal from working with such wonderful mentors who have encouraged me to think of how I, too can contribute to the available evidence in field of physical therapy and have an impact on our profession.

Lastly, I have been so inspired by the commitment, support, kindness and professional achievements of my classmates over the last three years. I feel so fortunate to have been able to surround myself with such a wonderful group of people who have become my best friends and DPT family.

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Jul 23 2015

Pat McNamara

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Professional Goal Statement

My short-term career goals are to find employment in either an orthopedic outpatient or sports medicine rehabilitation setting. To continue my education and development as a skilled clinician and educator, I aspire to continue to develop and deliver presentations at conferences on areas that supplement current education. Additionally I plan on furthering my own skills by enrolling in Maitland, McConnell taping, and dry needling courses to increase my treatment repertoire. My long-term career goals are to move into an educator and mentor role. I would like to be a CI and possibly a faculty member at an entry-level program. I would also like to use exercise programs as a foundation for children at risk for poor social and/or academic outcomes. As part of their physical development, I will encourage social, academic, and spiritual development as well in a fun engaging atmosphere.


Career Plan

  1. DPT Degree – 2015
  2. Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Clinical Experience (2015-2017)
  3. Sit for CSCS Exam (2016)
  4. Emergency Responder Certification (2016-2017)
  5. Sports Medicine Residency (2017-2018)
  6. Sports/Manual Fellowship (2019-2020)
  7. Sit for SCS exam (2019-2020)
  8. Sports Medicine/Strength and Conditioning Work experience (2020 – beyond)
  9. Clinical Faculty Position (2020-beyond)
  10. Open exercise/academic facility for “at-risk” youth (2020-beyond)


Self -Assessment


  1. Experience as a personal trainer with variety of clients, many with orthopedic complaints
  2. Presented exercise technique, selection, and long-term adherence strategies at several state and regional conferences as well a guest lecture at Denison University.
  3. Multiple clinical internships in outpatient orthopedics with McKenzie, Maitland, and Mulligan trained manual therapists.
  4. Experience with teaching the POSE method of running, as well as the literature behind it.
  5. Maintained emphasis on building rapport with patients, consistently noted for my ability to provide a positive, encouraging atmosphere.


Areas for Further Professional Development

  1. Limited experience in sports medicine settings, both academically and clinically.
  2. Continuing education on POSE technique, McKenzie techniques, strength and conditioning specialist, and other specialty certifications to increase my knowledge of fitness, rehab, and the blend between the two.
  3. Continue to develop a working knowledge of interventions for various neurological and orthopedic presentations to improve balance, mobility, and function.
  4. Develop a professional network of colleagues to consult with and discuss topics of interest with.



Special Areas of Interest

  1. Orthopedics
  2. Sports Medicine
  3. Manual therapy skills and techniques
  4. Fitness and wellness for low-income individuals
  5. Balance training for neuromuscular disorders and geriatric patients.
  6. Synthesizing presentations on topics of interest and providing educational seminars on practical topics.


Main Objectives

  1. Pass the licensure exam in October 2015
  2. Become a certified strength and conditioning specialist
  3. Continue to develop my competency by gaining relevant certifications (such as POSE, McKenzie, tactical operator conditioning specialist, etc.)
  4. Assist in the development of a male youth development center focused on fitness, education, and social bonding. This will be aimed at returning soldiers, at-risk teenagers, and low-income members of the community.
  5. Provide services (consultation or rehabilitation) to members of the special operations and conventional military units.



  1. Stay active in reading and critiquing literature
  2. Continue to present at various conferences based on all 3 components of evidence (patient input, experience, and literature)
  3. Stay connected with classmates and faculty members, particularly on a personal level.
  4. Meet other therapists, and find mentors that will develop me as a clinician second and person first.
  5. Discuss options for exercise centers with local city counsels and mayors. This is my true passion, and I would love to provide high quality education and fitness to young people that would not otherwise have it.


Evidence of Goal Pursuit

  1. Doctoral capstone project :”Differential diagnosis and treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome”.
  2. Presented biomechanics, techniques, and assessments of the squat and overhead lifting exercises and pathologies at local and regional personal training conferences.
  3. Guest lectured at Denison University in a class of future researchers and medical professionals regarding the benefits of exercise and strength and conditioning.
  4. Purchased and began creating a study guide of the materials needed for the CSCS exam.
  5. Preparing two presentations currently: ACL injury prevention methods and pain neuroscience applied to lower back pain, specifically tying in deadlift and squat biomechanics and their applications in reducing lower back injuries.


Reflective Statement

My three years of physical therapy education have been some of the most rewarding, challenging, and frustrating experiences of my life. Working with soldiers at Fort Bragg and watching individuals return to their hobbies and loved ones in a much better state than they were in our initial encounter have been tremendously rewarding. Gaining an understanding of tissue loading, joint biomechanics, and passing this on to future personal trainers and physical therapists has been an incredible experience of learning and teaching.


My time with Major Miller at Fort Bragg opened my eyes to the room for growth for the profession. Major Miller holds several advanced certifications and approaches physical therapy as a career full of consistent problem solving. I truly grasped the ICF model of looking at how a movement dysfunction impacted an individual’s ability to interact with their community in a desired way, and then finding interventions that provide increased mobility has been extremely challenging and thought provoking. I learned to use special tests to find pain provocators and then devise interventions to alter the provocator through a test-retest experiment.


I have also seen the disjointedness of the medical system, and an intense desire for independence among practitioners rather than collaboration. UNC has done an exceptional job in teaching its students our abilities, limitations, and how to participate in a team setting. As healthcare shifts into new eras where treating and preventing chronic diseases will be emphasized, these skills will make PTs an extremely valuable member of the team.


I have been extremely grateful for my classmates and faculty members, I have been thoroughly impressed with the work ethic and creativity displayed. This does not go un-noticed and is reflected in the extraordinary reputation UNC’s program has. Thanks guys, it’s been a great three years!


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May 31 2015

Jonathan Samuelson

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Professional Goal Statement

My goal is to begin my career as a Physical Therapist in an in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation setting within NC, where exercise will be a key component of treatment.  I will utilize evidence-based practice to provide skilled quality care, while practicing the clinical and ethical standards endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association and North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Career Plan

-BA Economics 1991, Brandeis University

-Junior Year Abroad, London School of Economics

-MA International Economics & Finance 1992, Brandeis University

-Graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy-August 1015.

-Pass DPT licensure exam October 2015.

-Obtain primary employment in NC, within a large team setting- Fall/Winter 2015

-Develop avenues to combine my DPT training and CSCS certification

-Become OCS or GCS certified 2020

-Retire 2039



-Extensive experience working with wide spectrum of ages in various fitness settings

-Experience in management and personal training in a wellness facility

-Experience teaching and coaching children

-Multi-setting financial experience

Areas for Development

-Successfully obtain DPT

-More clinical experience

-Secure employment

-Pursuit of continuing education relevant to my practice setting


-Complete DPT degree in 2015, upon successfully completing remaining courses

– Pass PT licensure exam in NC in October, 2015

– Obtain employment in NC

– Complete continuing education courses related to my desired area of board certification

– Pass board certification exam in desired area

-Pursue opportunities in fitness/coaching that utilize my DPT and CSCS


Integrated Clinical Experience-Fall 2014 and Independent Orthopedic Elective- Spring 2015

Product Examples

When considering potential capstone ideas, I knew that  I wanted the topic to be exercise-related, but initially bounced around a bit with ideas. When I finally settled on a topic with the help of some faculty members, I realized that my choice was a capstone project that incorporated my interests and research from my cumulative experience at UNC. My capstone culminated in a presentation on functional exercises to a group of older adults at a senior center.  Here is a link to the brochure that I put together for that presentation Functional Exercise Brochure-Samuelson.

My most memorable experience in physical therapy school was during my first clinical rotation in an outpatient orthopedic setting at a rural hospital. I had the opportunity to witness a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.  My vantage point was about 4-5 feet from the operating table and in direct communication with the surgeon, who peppered me with questions as well as explained the procedure.  I used this opportunity to put together a case study for my MSK II class, with actual x-rays from before and after the surgery. Here is a link to the power point I put together and presented to my classmates REVERSE TSA-Samuelson.

Reflective Statement

In my early thirties I pursued a personal training certification to fulfill my desire to transition from a finance career to one in exercise/fitness.  Although I had thought about going back to physical therapy school before I got married, my transition out of finance occurred during a time when pursuit of formal education was not possible due to family obligations.  However, my new career in fitness provided an avenue to employ exercise strategies to further the fitness goals of clients of various ages.

As I progressed in the fitness field I often consulted with physical therapists when dealing with clients who had suffered from various musculoskeletal injuries or medical conditions.  Although, I had earned national fitness/strength certifications I still felt that it was important to eventually experience the formal education that was necessary to bridge the gaps in my knowledge. While I knew that consulting with other medical/health professionals would always be an integral part of my professional practice I wanted to have the training to be able to research and answer questions on my own.

Physical therapy school has been an incredible challenge for me in terms of completing school while balancing my family commitments, and experiencing coursework so different from what I experienced as an undergraduate and graduate student in international economics and finance.  However, I feel that I have succeeded in filling those “gaps.”   I can now look back with a much greater understanding of the challenges my clients faced.  While as a fitness trainer I might have thought more in terms of muscle and bone, I now think about the contributions of the nervous system as well as the vestibular system with respect to movement.  I now realize that some of my own injuries that I had attributed to muscular issues were in part actually nerve-related. My education on the structures that comprise the shoulder and spine allow me much more insight than I previously experienced.  An equally important achievement for me, aside from a much more in depth knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, is the development of communication skills.  My time at UNC has instilled in me the importance of communication skills beyond speaking clearly and with proper grammar.  Effective communication also involves being able to tailor your message and education appropriately to a given patient, client and audience.

However, there is more work for me in terms of my education.  Learning is an ongoing process.  Education is not just realizing what you know, but recognizing what you don’t know.  I look forward to my new career and the continuation of my education moving forward.

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Jul 02 2014

Knight_DPT Portfolio

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Professional Goal Statement

My professional goal is to become a knowledgeable, creative, culturally-competence and  effective physical therapist that practices in a multidisciplinary setting that involves myriad aspects of care (geriatrics, orthopedics, wound care, neuro, chronic disease, aquatics, etc) with a specialization in orthopedics and wound care. Additionally, I would like to participate in local and international service opportunities and provide care to underserved populations. Furthermore, I would like to become an advocate and promoter of physical therapy as a career choice among people of color.

Career Plan & Goals

  • Graduate August 2nd 2014
  • Take Boards October 29th 2014
  • Work in inpatient or outpatient orthopedic setting with large underserved population.
  • Become credentialed as a clinical instructor within 2-3 years after graduation.
  • Participate in local and international service opportunities to underserved populations as early as 1 year after graduation.
  • Take OCS exam within 5 years of graduation.
  • Become wound care certified.
  • Obtain leadership/supervision role by 2022.
  • Found and operate a multidisciplinary organization that promotes holistic health (physical, mental, wellness, prevention) by 2034.

Objectives to Achieve Professional Goals

1.  Prepare, sit for, and pass the board exam to become a licensed physical therapist.

2. Provide evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.

3. Become a clinical instructor.

4. Become a certified specialist in OCS; and obtain certification in wound care .

5. Promote health and wellness among my patients and the community.

6. Speak at local middle and high schools and college organization to promote PT as a profession among people of color.

7. Travel abroad every 1-2 years and provide PT services internationally.

Self Assessment


  • Passion for life-long learning and helping others
  • Patient rapport
  • Clinical experiences in multiple underserved communities.
  • Gained invaluable experience with complex patients at three clinical rotations
  • Multiple Interdisciplinary experiences
  • Experience speaking Spanish with Spanish-speaking patients within the US and abroad.
  • Exposure to wound care and diabetic foot screening.
  • Participation with community initiatives for under served communities.
  • Experience leading aquatic therapy. Developed and presented an in-service to current PT’s and PTA’s about the benefits of aquatic therapy for patients.
  • Exposure to current literature regarding the development of cultural competence among future physical therapists.
  • Language skills-ability to communicate intermediate level Spanish with patients.

Areas of Further Development

  • Critical thinking with complex patient cases
  • Expand knowledge of orthopedic intervention and treatment ideas
  • Utilize more evidence based practice and appropriately analyzing research articles.
  • Business start-up and management
  • Management and supervision of support staff.
  • Language skills- be able to communicate proficient level Spanish with patients.
  • Business start-up and management

Examples of Academic Work


  1. During my second rotation I had the opportunity to continue to build upon my experience with aquatic therapy. I developed and presented my in-service on the benefits of aquatic therapy to current physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in Rocky Mount, NC. [Knight_Aquatic TherapyKnight_Flyer]
  2. During my third rotation I explored common medications utilized in an acute setting and their impact on physical therapy. I presented my in-service to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and technicians at the Durham VA in Durham, NC. [Knight_Common Medications in the Acute Setting]


  1. During EBP II course I had the privilege to explore my PICO Question: Among health professional students, particularly DPT students, is clinical education more effective than international immersion in developing cultural competence? [KnightB_Module 5AKnight_Evidence Table]. I was able to build upon this research and construct a capstone project that focused on current research concerning the development of cultural competence among physical therapy students with a focus on international-service learning as an avenue for development. [The Journey of Cultural Competence]


Courses & Electives

Advanced Orthopedic Assessment, Fall 2013: This course provided me with a more in-depth understanding of the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

Introductory Spanish for Health Professionals, Spring 2014: This course provided a great opportunity to improve my Spanish language and comprehension skills so as to enable me to work with and effectively treat Spanish-speaking patients.

Interdisciplinary Service Learning Trip to Guatemala, Spring 2014: I had the amazing opportunity to work together with Guatemalan therapists to assess and treat patients at a local hospital hospital, community center and participate in a community health fair. This opportunity allowed me to practice my Spanish-speaking and comprehension skills.

Capstone Project, Spring 2014: I had the opportunity of presenting my Capstone Project to the third year DPT students traveling to Guatemala. My project focused on the development of cultural competence among physical therapy students.

Reflective statement

Wow! Graduation is less than 2 months away and I am one step closer to becoming a licensed physical therapist! My DPT experience at UNC has been a dynamic learning experience that I will cherish forever. This has truly been a journey, one of long nights studying, traveling to Guatemala, great clinical rotations, etc. In addition to learning about physical therapy I learned a great deal about myself and for that I am appreciative to each professor and classmate for making this a exuberant learning experience that I will take with me  into my future career.  Lastly, I am extremely excited to begin my journey as a licensed physical therapist and to provide a great service to my patients and community.

                                            Guatemala night out

                                            horseback ride up volcano

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Jun 01 2014

Susie Williams

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Professional Goal Statement

My goal is to become a successful orthopedic and sports physical therapist working with professional and/or college athletes as a shoulder specialist. I want to focus on performance enhancement and return to competition.

Career Plan

  • Become a member of  Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy through APTA 2013
  • Graduate with a DPT in 2014
  • Work with an outpatient sports physical therapy (Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, Litchfield Park, AZ) clinic treating high school and collegiate athletes 2014 – 2020
  • Obtain a CSCS by December 2014
  • Complete a sports physical therapy residency program 2015-2016
  • Take the SCS 2016
  • Complete a shoulder fellowship program with the opportunity to work on an MLB team 2017
  • Work for a University or professional team 2020
  • Private orthopedic practice

Self Assessment

Strengths Areas for Professional Development

  • General knowledge of orthopedics
  • Have dated experience in orthopedic therapy.
  • Have knowledge and skill in bodybuilding, power lifting, and Olympic lifting
  • Extensive history/experience in many sports with a strong desire to stay involved with athletes
  • Beginning network of physical therapy colleagues.
  • Special interest in shoulder pathologies plaguing the overhead athlete



  • Need to refresh clinical skills in orthopedics, shoulders
  • Need experience working with elite athletes
  • Need stronger background in orthopedics
  • Need to network with PTs and CSCS working at universities and with teams
  • Clinical reasoning skills and differential diagnosis of orthopedic pathologies
  • No experience with elbow pathology
  • No athletic training background/certification that is typically required for professional team’s PT



  1. Manage 2 patients simultaneously on my last clinical rotation to prepare me for the set up of my first job, while not negatively impacting the patient’s quality of care.
  2. Present in-service on subacromial impingement in the overhead athlete to OCS and SCS physical therapists and shoulder researchers to integrate new evidence into clinical practice and get feedback regarding specifics of working with elite throwers versus the general public.
  3. Develop/refresh clinical skills by competing a sports residency program
  4. Prepare and sit for the exam for Board Certification in Sports Physical Therapy.
  5. Prepare and sit for the exam for Strength and Conditioning.


Specific Strategies

  • Select two elective courses that will help address my learning needs.
  • Identify projects for clinical course requirements that will increase my knowledge in sports orthopedics and shoulder impairments
  • Develop a doctoral project around shoulder injuries with overhead athletes and intervention
  • Identify a mentor with the knowledge, skills, and professional values I wish to emulate.
  • Secure materials about the specialty certification exam and review requirements.
  • Secure materials about the CSCS exam
  • Develop a plan of study for the board exam during the 3rd year.
  • Develop plans with specific goals for patients before attempting to treat 2 at a time


Course plan for Clinical Core, Electives and Doctoral Project

  • PHYT 752 Evidence Based Practice II

I will identify a clinical question related to an intervention plan for a shoulder impingement with  overhead athletes. I will complete a review of literature  and create an Evidence Table to answer my clinical question.

  • Elective 1: PHYT 875 Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention

Take the Ortho Elective offered by the program.  The purpose of this is to bring my clinical knowledge to be more consistent with current practice.

  • Elective 2: PHYT 800 Independent Study – APTA’s Current Concepts in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

For this course I would like to do an independent study focused on advancing my didactic and clinical skills in orthopedic physical therapy. I want to develop a greater depth of my knowledge and skills in this area of PT.


Doctoral Project

For this project I completed additional research about causes of shoulder impingement in the overhead athlete, specifically collegiate and professional baseball players, with a focus on the examination process and interventions to return them to playing. I created a voicethread for UNC students and faculty and a powerpoint presentation that I am presenting as an in-service the last week of my clinical rotation at Proaxis Therapy in Greer, SC which will discuss the predisposing factors, evaluation process, and interventions for subacromial impingement syndrome in this population. These materials can be found on the DPT Capstone website.


Reflective Statement and Assessment of Progress to Goals

I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had within UNC’s program to be mentored and form strong connections with many faculty members who I hold in high regard. I also am thankful to have the opportunity to work with such skilled physical therapists at Proaxis Therapy in Greer, SC. So far it has been a great experience. I am learning firsthand from a PT who has completed his OCS through Proaxis and one who completed his SCS and a shoulder fellowship with the Kansas City Royals through Proaxis, as well. They expand my skill set and broaden my clinical evaluation skills daily. It has also been beneficial to talk with them about different residency programs to give me an idea of what to look for in the future, in terms of mentors in the program, general set up of the program, and opportunities that will help me reach my goals. I also had the opportunity to attend Proaxis’ annual employee meeting, where the founders spoke to all residents and staff, and various therapists and researchers provided continuing education on shoulder and ACL pathologies. I have completed a mentor binder each week of the clinical thus far (ACL, Rotator Cuff Tears and Impingement, Cartilage, and Shoulder Instability) and led discussions with my location’s team. These coming weeks I have the opportunity to sit in on journal club meetings with the Proaxis OCS and SCS residents and observe the throwing clinic with their lead researchers.

I also am fortunate to have accepted a job with Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in the metro area of Phoenix, AZ. This company has a residency program, a high focus on continuing education and evidence-based practice, and works with MLB teams, which is my ultimate goal. This hopefully will open many doors for me and will help me form professional relationships with therapist’s who are serving this population.

I have already implemented a study schedule for the licensure exam which I will sit for in July and have passed my jurisprudence exam for Arizona licensure. I have obtained the study materials for the CSCS, however have put off studying for that so I can better focus on my current rotation and board studying, which are my priorities.

One primary area I still need to work on and develop is my ability to perform differential diagnosis of orthopedic conditions, as Arizona is a direct access state and Foothills has over a 50% direct access population. I also want to become more efficient at my evaluation process, which I have improved on since beginning at Proaxis, however haven’t yet had the opportunity to evaluate a patient with shoulder pathology. I am hoping in the next 8 weeks of my rotation to progress in these areas to better prepare me for my future career.


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