May 01 2018

Hailey Guerin

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Professional Goal Statement:

Upon graduating from the DPT program at UNC-Chapel Hill, I plan to sit for the licensure exam and gain employment within the acute care setting. Additionally, I anticipate presenting material discovered during my research experience at the Combined Sections Meeting held in Washington D.C. in 2019. Throughout my career, my personal goal is to advocate for patients who are unable to do so for themselves while simultaneously helping patients maximize their independence and quality of life through the use of evidence-based practice, clinical expertise and genuine compassion. It is also my intent to stay involved in the educational realm by attending continuing education courses, earning further specializations/certifications and becoming more involved with research as both a clinician and principal investigator.

Career Plan:

May 2015:  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy concentration) and Minor in Psychology, Louisiana State University

August 2015-2018:  UNC Chapel Hill Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • Clinical Rotation I: Deep River Rehab (Outpatient) – Randleman, NC
  • Clinical Rotation II: UNC Medical Center (Acute Care: Gen Med, Geriatrics) – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Clinical Rotation III: Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center (Inpatient Rehab) – Rocky Mount, NC
  • Clinical Rotation IV: Duke University Hospital (Oncology) – Durham, NC

August 2018:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy, UNC Chapel Hill

October 2018:  Sit for Licensure Exam

2018 and forward:  Obtain employment by a large healthcare system within the acute care setting, pursue a mentorship with an experienced physical therapist, attend continuing education courses and conferences to further develop my skills, become a clinical specialist in oncology and a certified lymphedema therapist.



  • Consistently utilize an enthusiastic demeanor with all patients
  • Thirty-six weeks of extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Genuine compassion for all individuals
  • Previous work experience in healthcare, research, management and outdoor leadership

Areas for Further Development

  • Experience treating patients with complex medical status/conditions throughout the continuum of care
  • Expand knowledge of evidence-based interventions for patients with cancerous metastases
  • Further develop skills within other units in the acute care setting (cardiopulmonary, burns)
  • Develop a more innovative mindset for treatment ideas
  • Expand my knowledge with current and upcoming healthcare policies


Special Areas of Interest:  Oncology, Geriatrics, Neurology/Vestibular

  • Graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in August 2018
  • Pass the National Physical Therapy Licensure Exam in October 2018 in order to become a licensed healthcare provider in North Carolina
  • Obtain employment by a large healthcare system in North Carolina as a physical therapist
  • Present Capstone research material at CSM in Washington D.C.
  • After obtaining 2,000+ hours within the oncology setting, become a clinical specialist in oncology

Specific Strategies:

  • Attend CSM and continuing education courses with a focus in acute care treatment
  • Maintain active American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) membership
  • Seek out research-based learning opportunities for professional growth



  • Fall 2017
    • PHYT 754: Research Experience
    • PHYT 875: Advanced Orthopaedic Assessment and Treatment


Product Examples

Research Manuscript

Diagnosis and Treatment of Dermatomyositis in Middle-Aged Adults


Personal Reflection

My passion for the physical therapy profession began when my mother was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome when I was 10 years old. Despite my young age, I found it fascinating that I was able to witness my mother progress from being totally dependent in a wheelchair to walking independently again through the guidance and instruction of physical therapists. My interest in physical therapy was further strengthened in 2013 when I was a patient in the ICU with orthopedic and cardiopulmonary complications due to a motor vehicle accident that resulted in myself being underwater. While in the hospital, physical therapists assisted myself with breathing and walking again when I simply did not think that was possible. In hindsight, I’m very grateful of having experience with being a patient as I believe it has made me become a more sympathetic physical therapist while also understanding the importance of early mobility within the acute care setting.

As I reflect on my time within the UNC DPT program, I am extremely grateful and humbled to have been given the opportunity to learn from such educated and supportive faculty members. Although the past three years have been challenging, it was an experience that I would do all over again if possible. Aside from the wonderful education I received, I was blessed to meet so many genuinely compassionate people along the way, both classmates and faculty. Funny enough, there were certainly times where I was doubtful of my knowledge only to later have the experience of wondering how I didn’t initially grasp a concept easily as it now seems so natural! These comforting realizations have not only made myself feel more confident entering the workforce but further support my personal ideology that UNC has the best DPT program anyone could receive!


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  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 18 Jun 2018 at 9:15 am

    Hailey: Great job on your portfolio. While you were inspired by other physical therapists, I am certain that you will do the same for someone else one day. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow and develop especially in the acute care setting. Congrats and good luck! Lisa


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