Apr 27 2018

Anthony Augliera

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Professional Goal Statement:

It is my goal to graduate from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a comprehensive skillset that will provide my patients with compassionate, quality care. Once a licensed physical therapist, I will practice with a person-first, evidence-based approach in order to cultivate genuine relationships and positive outcomes with my patients.

Upon graduation, it is my goal to work in an inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient setting where I can gain valuable experience in order to prepare me for earning my Neurologic Specialist Certification. Utilizing classroom knowledge, current research, consultation with peers and mentors, and personal clinical experience, I will strive to restore functional mobility and maximize independence for each patient I encounter.

Career Path and Future Plans:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Movement Science at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park – May 2015
  • Entrance into Class of 2018 UNC DPT Program – August 2015
    • Clinical Affiliation 1: UNC Memorial Hospital, Acute Care; Chapel Hill, NC
    • Clinical Affiliation 2: Randolph Health Deep River Rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics; Ramseur, NC
    • Clinical Affiliation 3: Carol Woods Retirement Community, Rehabilitation Department; Chapel Hill, NC
    • Clinical Affiliation 4: Wake Med Hospital, Inpatient Rehab; Raleigh, NC
  • Graduate from The University of North Carolina’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – August 2018
  • Pass the Federation of State Boards Physical Therapy Exam – July 2018
  • Obtain a full-time outpatient or inpatient rehab position – Within 2 months of graduation
  • Become an APTA certified Clinical Instructor – within 3 years of employment
  • Pass the Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) Exam – within 5 years of employment
  • Pursue an Orthopedic Specialist certification in order to broaden my scope of practice and treatment toolbox – 10 years


  • Communication skills: remaining calm, offering clinical advice when appropriate, listening attentively, building rapport, adapting communication styles
  • Patient and family education: explaining diagnosis/prognosis, intervention reasoning, self-care, safety, and home management skills
  • Exposure to a variety of settings and clinical populations: neurology, ortho/trauma, oncology, orthopedics, athletes, geriatric populations

Areas for Growth:

  • Becoming more active in physical therapy advocacy at State and National levels
  • Implementing creative procedural interventions salient to patient interests
  • Expanding my knowledge of current healthcare policy and initiatives


  • Sit for and pass the National Physical Therapy Exam in July of 2018
  • Graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2018
  • Become employed in the setting of my choice within 2 months of graduation
  • Become a Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Specific Strategies:

  • Create and adhere to a strict study plan for Boards in July
  • Maintain active membership and yearly participation in APTA and NCPTA events and advocacy campaigns
  • Manage and update my LinkedIn profile and resume, and develop and maintain professional relationships with past Clinical Instructors, current professors/mentors, and classmates
  • Become a member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Seek out continuing education courses that align with my clinical interests, professional goals, and patient populations


  • PHYT 875: Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment
  • PHYT 885: Advanced Neuromuscular Intervention

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First and foremost, I am thankful for receiving the opportunity to attend UNC for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Over the last 3 years, my confidence has grown, and I feel prepared to enter the professional field as an effective and responsible clinician. I truly believe that the UNC curriculum sets students up for success on clinical affiliations, as we have the opportunity to learn in the classroom prior to each rotation. Additionally, I feel prepared to meet the needs of a wide variety of clinical diagnoses and patient populations, as I was given the opportunity to practice in 4 very different settings. As a result, my cultural competence and ability to assess patients in a holistic and individualized manner have greatly improved. One of the main reasons that I chose to be a member of the UNC DPT family was the fact that we were required to practice in an underserved community of North Carolina. I feel this requirement exposed me to the challenges faced by those in rural communities, and improved my problem solving skills needed to produce positive outcomes in areas with gaps in healthcare-related services. Personally, my clinical expertise improved from this experience, but I know it is my future patients who will truly benefit from the lessons I’ve learned on my underserved clinical rotation.

It is my hope that the life lessons and knowledge UNC has provided me with will encourage a long career exploring a variety of clinical interests and serving all ages and cultures. I am blessed to be a part of this profession, and look forward to the lessons I will learn, the people I will meet, and the patients I will be entrusted to treat. Therefore, it is also my goal to give back to the profession by becoming more involved in advocacy and legislation. I hope to inspire future therapists and other healthcare professionals through my advocacy on behalf of physical therapy.

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4 Responses to “Anthony Augliera”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 17 Jun 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Anthony: Thank you for sharing you materials and your experience at UNC. I am thrilled to see how much you have accomplished and to know how much you valued the experience at UNC. Good luck to you and nice job on your portfolio! Lisa


    •   Anthonyon 25 Jul 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you, Lisa!


  2.   Michael Lewekon 18 Jun 2018 at 10:07 am

    It has been a pleasure to have you go through this program. It was nice to see you articulate your past experiences and future goals so well. Best of luck to you.


    •   Anthonyon 25 Jul 2018 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you, Mike. I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me throughout these last 3 years and providing me with helpful advice!


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