May 21 2019

Bishop, Sieara

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Professional Goal Statement:

Upon graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, I plan to begin my career working as an outpatient physical therapist in a clinic that focuses on the orthopedic and sports populations. I aspire to be a reputable, compassionate, and motivated clinician who provides individualized care with evidence-based interventions. I will lead by example and always advocate for my patients and my profession. I am committed to be a life-long learner so I can continue to provide up-to-date responsive and preventative care throughout my career.

Career Plan:


  • 2016: Health Sciences BS, Furman University


  • 2016-2019: UNC Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Future Plans and Goals:

  • August 2019: Graduate from UNC’s DPT Program
  • August 2019: Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • October 2019: Sit for and pass licensure exam
  • October 2019: Attain a full time position in NC at an orthopedic/sports clinic
  • 2020: Organize and create a preventative shoulder care program for overhead athletes
  • 2021: Explore options for becoming an Orthopedic or Sports Certified Specialist
  • 2022: Become a clinical instructor
  • 2022-2023: Sit for and pass OSC or SCS exam
  • 2029: Become a lead clinical therapist



  • Communication with patients and their families
  • Professionalism and a commitment to learning
  • Experience from 2 outpatient orthopedic clinical rotations and volunteer time at an outpatient sports clinic
  • Passionate about the sports population
  • Experience coaching athletes from childhood to collegiate level and personal experience as previous Division I athlete

Areas for Professional Development:

  • Supervision and direction of PTAs and other support staff
  • Broaden understanding and competence with billing and reimbursement
  • Increase involvement in local, state, and national advocacy for our profession
  • Continue to improve evaluation and treatment skills via continuing education and mentorship


  • Graduate from UNC’s DPT Program
  • Become a licensed physical therapist in NC
  • Attain a job at an orthopedic/sports clinic in NC
  • Seek opportunities for preventative care for athletes
  • Become an Orthopedic or Sport Certified Specialist
  • Become a clinical instructor
  • Become a lead clinical therapist

Specific Strategies:

  • Follow my organized study guide to successfully pass the NPTE
  • Seek assistance with resume editing through UNC services
  • Prioritize accepting a job with an experienced clinician(s) present that can serve as a mentor
  • Attend conferences to further develop my knowledge and allow for networking opportunities
  • Maintain APTA membership
  • Frequently self-assess and participate in feedback opportunities to target areas for improvement via continuing education

Product Examples:

Clinical Experiences:

  • Clinical I: Greenville Memorial Hospital: Greenville, SC (Acute Care-neuro emphasis)- 2017
  • Clinical II: UNC Pardee: Hendersonville, NC (Outpatient Orthopedics)- 2018
  • Clinical III: Child & Family Development: Charlotte, NC (Outpatient Pediatrics)- 2018
  • Clinical IV: CarePartners: Asheville, NC (Outpatient Orthopedics)- 2019

Elective Courses:

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

Reflective Statement: 

I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow with UNC’s physical therapy program over the last 3 years. The program was well designed to challenge me and allow me to grow as a clinician and a person. I have also found great mentorship from faculty, alumni, and past clinical instructors that have played a significant role in my success to this point. I am so very appreciative to all those who gave their time and effort to further my education.

This program has also given me the opportunity to work in various settings from acute care, to pediatrics, to outpatient orthopedics. It has helped me confirm that I am most passionate about outpatient orthopedics, specifically sports. However, I learned great lessons from each experience that will make me a more well-rounded and confident clinician as I start my career.

I am proud of my progress over the last 3 years as I feel prepared to be a competent, entry-level physical therapist. With that being said, I certainly have high expectations for myself. So, I am committed to pursuing learning opportunities throughout my career in order to constantly improve my ability to provide quality care to patients. My hopes are to find a clinic whose mission aligns with my passions and to not only take a responsive approach but a preventative approach to physical therapy.

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3 Responses to “Bishop, Sieara”

  1.   Laurie Rayon 11 Jun 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Sieara, I enjoyed checking out your work! I especially like the PowerPoint on DCD and sports. You really captured how are language around this diagnosis, collection of issues, is evolving.

    Your community resource guide was very thorough, every time I thought- oh I wonder if she included …? There it was! Good job.

    I hope you find a clinic that is a perfect fit for you.
    Best wishes as you launch your career!


  2.   Lisa Johnstonon 11 Jun 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Sieara: Nice to see the samples of your work and and your reflection! Great job. Good luck to you! Lisa


  3.   McMikeon 20 Jun 2019 at 11:01 am

    Congratulations on your great work the past three years! Your portfolio showcases your work very well. I think you could be a lead therapist in less than 10 years, certainly I know you are going to do great!


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