Apr 10 2016

McClendon, Holli

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Professional Goal Statement

My goal is to become a well-respected, innovative clinician in the field of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, who sets an example for both patients and peers. I will provide an example of wellness and healthy movement, knowing that taking care of myself outside of the clinic will allow me to feel well, move well, and ultimately provide higher quality care inside the clinic. I will continually demonstrate a drive to expand my skillset and to actively search for the latest evidence to guide my interventions. I will set myself apart in my field with the ability to differentially diagnose and treat diverse conditions in an individualized and compassionate manner. I will embody APTA’s vision for the profession and promote the value of physical therapy.

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Career Plan

  • Aug 2013: B.A. Exercise and Sport Science, B.A. Psychology, Minor in Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • June – Aug 2014: Outpatient orthopedic clinical rotation at an underserved location, Triangle Orthopaedics Roxboro
  • Feb – Apr 2015: Pediatric neurology clinical rotation with early-intervention focus, Alamance-Burlington School System
  • Apr – June 2015: Acute care clinical rotation with general medicine and geriatric focus, University of North Carolina Hospital
  • May – July 2016: Outpatient orthopedic and sports clinical rotation with focus on return to sport, Triangle Orthopaedics/D-1
  • Aug 2016: Graduate with Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sept 2016: Begin employment as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with IRG in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 2016: Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination in Washington
  • Dec 2016: Take the SFMA Level 1 Certification in Charlotte, NC
  • Dec 2016: Take the CSCS Exam to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • 2017: Take the Functional Dry Needling Level 1 Course
  • 2017: Take the EIM Cervical/Thoracic Spinal Manipulation Course
  • 2017: Become an HKC certified kettlebell instructor
  • 2018: Take the Functional Dry Needling Level 2 Course
  • 2018: Take the EIM Lumbar/Pelvic Spinal Manipulation Course
  • 2019: Begin residency to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist
  • 2022: Become manager of an outpatient sports physical therapy clinic
  • 2026: Become a guest lecturer/clinical instructor for academic exercise prescription and progression courses


  • Background in exercise science, psychology and sports nutrition
  • Wide variety of clinical rotation experiences, volunteer experiences, and exposure to PT specialty areas such as PRI, Schroth method, and FMS.
  • Experience with utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, and Y Balance Test
  • Ability to effectively give and receive feedback in a constructive and positive manner
  • Empathy and compassion towards patients, ability to related to people of diverse backgrounds
  • Highly professional behavior and value of accountability and personal integrity

Areas of Opportunity:

  • Continue to improve manual therapy skills including manipulations
  • Improve knowledge of billing, coding, charging and insurance reimbursement
  • Continue to grow my “exercise bank” through research, experience and continuing education
  • Advance my clinical reasoning skills in orthopedic examination, evaluation and intervention for complex diagnoses

Strategic Plan:

  • Continue to adhere to study plan for the NPTE and sit for the board exam in Seattle, WA in October.
  • Immediately reach out to an experienced therapist at the clinic where I am employed to use as a resource and mentor
  • Become involved with continued education at my workplace, including workshops and journal clubs
  • Enroll in elective courses to improve my examination skills (SFMA) and interventions (dry needling, EIM manual therapy courses)

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Reflective Statement:

In less than 2 months, I will be an alumnus of the UNC DPT program. There are no words to describe that feeling – I am happy, slightly terrified, and overall very excited about starting this new journey. I have been at UNC for 7 years, but the past 3 have been my favorite. I still remember exactly where I was standing and the feeling of opening up that email accepting me into this phenomenal program. Thank you to the faculty, guest speakers, clinical instructors, and mentors that provided me with the knowledge and skills to make it here. Thank you to my classmates/lab groups/practical partners – it’s been amazing to go through the ups and downs of this process together. Finally, thank you to the friends and family who have supported me through this process with listening ears and encouragement. I am leaving this program with greater self-confidence and with a solid foundation that will allow me to reach my professional goals.

Congrats DPT class of 2016!



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