May 01 2018

Kristin Wright

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Professional Goal Statement:

As I enter into the professional world and start my career as a Physical therapist, my goal is to be a well-rounded therapist who focuses on patient centered care and evidence based practice techniques.  I have a passion and interest for orthopedic issues, sports performance, and geriatric therapy, specifically falls risk assessment and prevention.  I plan to put this passion to use by starting a career in a well-known and respected orthopedic clinic.  After gaining a few years of hands-on experience, I will look to join the US Women’s National Team as their Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer with the hopes of this position bringing me back to the Olympics.  Lastly, after developing and maintaining a solid patient base within the community I hope to start or join a community based falls assessment and prevention program.

Career Path and Future Endeavors:

  •   Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – June 2002
  •   Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX – May 2011
    •   Clinical Rotation 1 – New Deal High School, New Deal, TX – Fall 2009
    •   Clinical Rotation 2 – Monterey High School, Lubbock, TX – Spring 2010
    •   Clinical Rotation 3 – Team Rehab & Sports Medicine at Northstar/Roosevelt HS, Lubbock, TX – Fall 2010
    •   Clinical Rotation 4 – Texas Tech University Softball Team, Lubbock, TX – Spring 2011
  •   Entrance into the Class of 2018 UNC DPT Program – August 2015
    •   Clinical Rotation 1 – Moses Cone at Adams Farm – Outpatient Orthopedics, Greensboro, NC – Summer 2016
    •   Clinical Rotation 2 – Piedmont All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Burlington, NC – Spring 2017
    •   Clinical Rotation 3 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Acute Care, Winston-Salem, NC – Spring 2017
    •   Clinical Rotation 4 – Emory Orthopedics Sport & Spine, Outpatient Orthopedics, Atlanta, GA – Summer 2018
  •   Graduate from the University of North Carolina’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – August 2018
  •   Pass the Federation of State Boards Physical Therapy Examination – October 2018
  •   Start a career in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic by December 2018
  •   Join the US Women’s Hockey team as an ATC/DPT – 2023
  •   Start or join a Falls Assessment & Prevention Program within my community – 2023


  • Strengths:


  • Areas for Professional Development:
    •   Maintain APTA membership throughout my career
    •   Become involved in Orthopedic Special Interest Groups
    •   Gain Clinical Education Units with certifications in Graston Technique, Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, or similar  2020
    •   Become an APTA certified clinical instructor (CI) – 2022
    •   Attain an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS) – 2025


  • Graduate from the UNC DPT Program
  • Pass the National Certification Exam
  • Start a career in Orthopedics
  • Serve as a Clinical Instructor
  • Continue developing professional through advocacy and continuing education
  • Provide health care coverage for the US National Hockey Team
  • Participate in Falls Assessment and Prevention

Specific Strategies:

  • Develop a comprehensive study plan to pass the board exam in October
  • Finalize my resume, research and visit potential employers, utilize my network of contacts to explore all potential career options
  • Discuss beneficial continuing education opportunities with co-workers, gain certifications, and attend conferences
  • Continue to utilize my network of contacts to further my career aspirations within USA Hockey
  • Reach out to Senior Centers, Community Centers, and Geriatric Care Centers to gauge their interest in falls assessment and prevention

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Reflective Statement:

Two years before being accepted into the UNC DPT program I went to an information session about the program.  It was there that Dr. Michael Lewek spoke about the program and what they look for in an applicant.  They spoke of being well-rounded, involved, and service oriented, and from this, I knew Carolina was the place for me.  I have not been disappointed by my decision and have enjoyed every minute of this program and my wonderful classmates.  I have had amazing opportunities each semester to learn in different atmospheres, among different cultures, and with clinicians and patients of many different backgrounds. I came into the program with a trajectory of working in outpatient orthopedics, and while this is still my current plan, I have developed a strong and passionate interest in geriatrics and a challenge in acute care physical therapy.  Over the next several years, I plan on working in an outpatient orthopedic setting in the greater Atlanta area while at the same time working with the older adult population to decrease their falls risk as well as gaining a few PRN hours in acute care each week.  The beauty of the physical therapy profession is that we can work in many different settings and help patients with many different needs.  This is the reasoning for my plan where I can keep my skills in different settings so in the chance I would like to change environments, this will be an easier transition.


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2 Responses to “Kristin Wright”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 18 Jun 2018 at 10:40 am

    Kristen: Nice job on your portfolio. I am excited to see what you have been able to do while you were here. I am not sure how you managed to balance it all with your home responsibilities, but you always made it work. Great job! Stay in touch! I will watch for you at the olympics 🙂 Lisa


  2.   Jennifer Cookeon 18 Jun 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Nice job on your portfolio Kristin! You’ve done a great job balancing the program and your non-student responsibilities. You have a nice career plan in place and I hope you are able to return to serve with the Olympics! Good luck to you!


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