Mar 18 2015

Mang, Nick

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Professional GoalStatement:
My goal is to begin my career as a physical therapist working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, with a focus on utilization of manual therapies, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, and foot orthotic utility and intervention. I plan on becoming an orthopedic certified specialist after completing an orthopedic residency program. I plan to use my physical therapy skills in the United States and abroad by traveling to other countries on mission/service trips. Most importantly, I desire to be an advocate for all of my patients/clients.

Career Plan:
May 2012: Earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Wellness from North Greenville University
July 2015: Complete and pass the NPTE; become a licensed physical therapist
August 2015: Earn my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UNC-Chapel Hill
September 2015: Begin working at an outpatient orthopedic clinic, with emphasis on manual therapies and foot orthotic fabrication
2018-2019: Complete an orthopedic residency program
2019: Sit for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam
2020: Become a clinical instructor
2020-2030: Provide professional in-services on foot orthotic and shoe fitting for various patient/client populations; Travel abroad once every 2 years on physical therapy service trips; become a clinical researcher


  • Maintained a leadership role as treasurer for the UNC-Student Physical Therapy Association
  • Experience with interdisciplinary communication with a team-based approach
  • Experience in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting
  • Mentorship from an experienced physical therapist involved in foot orthotic intervention
  • Ability to connect and empathize/sympathize with individuals quickly and effectively
  • I have a well-developed network of medical professionals in the state
  • Advocacy: actively engaging with state legislators and stakeholders regarding spinal manipulation legislation

Areas for Further Professional Development

  • More clinical experience in an orthopedic setting: focus on manual therapies and foot orthotic intervention
  • Additional continuing education courses with emphasis on manual therapies and foot/orthotic and shoe fitting/prescription
  • Further experience needed in billing, coding, and administration
  • Improved knowledge of, and staying current with health reform topics and legislation
  • Devote more time to exploring various assessment systems and manual therapy techniques

Special Areas of Interest

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot orthotic fabrication efficacy and intervention
  • Applied manual therapy skills
  • Community service learning experiences
  • International service learning experiences

Main Objectives

  • Pass the National PT Board Exam
  • Continue to develop my working knowledge of orthopedic diagnoses, evaluation, and assessment
  • Continue to develop clinical evaluation and intervention skills through completing an orthopedic residency program.
  • Pursue continuing education opportunities to build manual therapy skills, become experienced in foot orthotic fabrication and shoe prescription
  • Stay active in legislation and advocacy for the profession
  • Partake in community service opportunities in underserved communities and mission/service trips abroad


  • Identify mentor(s) with the knowledge, skills, and professional values I wish to emulate
  • Identify a mentor following graduation who has a specialty certification in orthopedic/manual therapy
  • Continue to be under the tutelage of professor(s) involved with manual therapies and/or the customization of foot orthotics and shoe fitting.
  • Continue organized studying for the NPTE board exam
  • Secure materials about OCS residency options and exam requirements.
  • Secure materials on international service organizations and medical service trip opportunities; review WHO’s (World Health organization’s) legal requirements for practicing physical therapy abroad
  • Stay involved with APTA and NCPTA; stay current and involved in advocacy
  • Network with physical therapists in outpatient orthopedic settings

Evidence of Goal Pursuit:

  • Doctoral capstone project completed on the following topic: “Ankle Injury Prevention: Methods and Principles.”
    • Involved literature review, creation of evidence table, and presentation for members of the wellness community
  • Preparation for Evidenced-Based Clinical Practice:
  • Quality time spent with Michael T. Gross, PT, PhD, FAPTA learning the skill of lower quarter assessment and foot orthotic fabrication
  • Spinal Manipulation Task Force member and actively communicating with physical therapists, medical doctors, and constituents regarding HB 135/S190: Modernize Physical Therapy Practice Act
    • This legislation would enable PTs to perform spinal manipulation without the need of a referral from a physician.

Reflective Statement:

I am actively pursuing my goals as stated above. I am on course to sit for the NPTE exam on July 22, 2015 and to graduate UNC’s eDPT program on August 1, 2015. I am currently seeking a job as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic clinic setting upon graduation. I plan to learn more from Michael T. Gross regarding foot orthotic fabrication and shoe prescription. I am beginning the search for a mentor who has his/her certification in orthopedics and/or manual therapy. I am an active member on the Spinal Manipulation Task Force in N.C. and am currently contributing to this grassroots effort.

I am very thankful for the many opportunities and people who have helped shape my strong career foundation as a physical therapist. I look forward to the many future opportunities that will develop me into an experienced clinician. Most of all, I am looking forward to investing my time into patients whom I can learn from, and whom can, hopefully, benefit from my knowledge and skills.

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Mang, Nick”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 07 Jun 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Nice job on your portfolio. It is so nice to see how you have grown during the program. I am excited to have been a part of it. Good luck with everything!.


  2.   Patrick McNamaraon 23 Jul 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Nick, I am very proud of all you have accomplished in your time at UNC. I’ve seen you grow a lot as a person and this has been reflected in your clinical practice. I am sure you will be a great asset to the field and continue to enjoy what you do. Stay positive and enjoy the ride!


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