May 21 2019

Ginzburg, Yana

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Professional Goal Statement


My immediate goal is to graduate with an entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and the clinical competence to practice as a resident and clinician in a sports medicine setting to deliver high quality evidence based medicine. I intend to become an avid consumer of evidence based practice (EBP), bringing it into harmony with individual patient presentation and clinical reasoning for optimal health care delivery. Eventually, I hope to contribute to the growing field of PT research to affect EBP by addressing clinically relevant research questions in my interests of lower extremity sports medicine rehabilitation and injury prevention. I will promote health and wellness in all aspects of my discipline, endorsing healthy and active lifestyles as well as my genuine belief in exercise as medicine. I will strive to always keep improving with the knowledge that ultimately this career path is not for me but for the benefit of my future patients.


Career Plan



  • Bachelor of the Arts in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC: May 2016
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC: August 2019
    • Clinical Affiliation #1: Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Kinston, NC (Acute Care)
      • 261 bed community hospital serving Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties.
      • Provided physical therapy to patients in acute care; additional experience in inpatient rehabilitation.
    • Clinical Affiliation #2: UNC Meadowmont Physical Therapy, Chapel Hill, NC (Orthopedics)
      • Outpatient orthopedics and sports clinic.
      • Provided physical therapy to patients across the lifespan for conditions such as post-operative care, return to sport rehabilitation, chronic pain, generalized weakness, and balance issues.
      • Completed an in-service on stress fractures in runners and PT implications. Developed extensive patient education handout of suggested exercises with highest levels of muscular activation for common areas of weakness in runners.
      • Volunteered at local race providing brief musculoskeletal assessments to runners at the finish line.
    • Clinical Affiliation #3: Oleander Rehabilitation at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC (Outpatient Neurology)
      • Interdisciplinary outpatient neurology clinic.
      • Provided physical therapy to patients affected by stroke, spinal cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease (LSVT BIG therapy), Cerebral Palsy, vestibular dysfunction, balance issues, a variety of cancers, and amputations; coverage for orthotic needs.
      • Communicated with physicians, occupational and speech therapists, athletic trainers, orthotists, prosthetists, and family members regarding patient needs.
      • Completed an in-service addressing PT and OT’s needs regarding clinical application of Functional Electrical Stimulation in the neurological population.
    • Clinical Affiliation #4: Duke Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, Durham, NC (Sports Medicine/Orthopedics)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS) at National Strength and Conditioning Association: December 2019
  • Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Residency graduate at ATI Physical Therapy in Greenville, SC: September 2020



1-2 years post-residency graduation

  • Seek job at clinic with significant prospects for educational growth and great mentorship; potentially one with opportunities to be involved in research
  • If clinic does not offer opportunities for involvement in research, seek external ones
  • Work for 1+ years
  • Attain dry needling and Graston certifications to supplement sports/orthopedic skillset
  • Become Clinical Instructor (CI) for entry level DPT student
  • Seek opportunities to become involved in teaching in a DPT program as a guest lecturer
  • Ensure continued networking

3+ years post-residency graduation

  • Additional training in women’s health and/or vestibular rehabilitation (personal areas of interest); bring this training into harmony with sports medicine practice
  • Increase teaching involvement within aforementioned DPT program and/or expand to other schools as possible
  • Increase involvement in research
  • Consider return for PhD in related area of interest (Human Movement Science, Kinesiology, Rehab Science, Health and Rehab Science, Health Science; potential schools of interest include UNC, VCU, MGH, BU, UC Denver, UMD, NYU, Seton Hall, and Duquesne)


Self Assessment



  • Insatiable curiosity
  • Work ethic
  • Professionalism
  • Communication skills
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Leadership experience as President of SPTA c/o 2019
  • Genuine desire for constant improvement
  • Enthusiasm about future of field and career
  • Personal belief in exercise as medicine and strong desire to advocate for such


Areas for continued growth:

  • Manual skills
  • Professional advocacy
  • Social media/online professional presence
  • Staying up to date on insurance and reimbursement policies




  1. Prepare for and pass the licensure examination in July 2019, with matriculation into Sports Medicine residency in August 2019.
  2. Engage in continued learning and networking by attending at least two professional conferences and/or continuing education courses in 2019-2020 (Fall Conference, CSM, Graston, Dry Needling, etc).
  3. Maintain APTA as well as Sports and Orthopedic sections memberships.
  4. Be employed by October 2020 in a large healthcare system in the vicinity of or with affiliations with a DPT program.


Specific Strategies


  • Continue networking and facilitation of professional connections.
  • Develop study plan and good study habits to prepare for clinical specialist exam to be taken in March 2021.
  • Engage in clinical research.





  • Blood Flow Restriction Training (Owens Recovery Science)
  • OTAGO Falls Prevention Program
  • CPR/AED for Professionals Certification (BLS through AHA)
  • First Aid for Coaches Certification (AHA)


Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • Orthopedic and Sports Sections
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


Conference Attendance

  • APTA CSM 2019
  • NCPTA Fall Conference 2017, 2018


Academic Products


  •  “Labral Tears and Femoral Acetabular Impingement” presentation
    • Presentation developed as part of the coursework for Teacher-Scholar elective; delivered to the second year students and featuring information tailored to a novice clinician about hip anatomy, risk factors for labral tears, incidence/prevalence, information about examination, and potential preliminary treatment ideas.

  • CAT (Critically Appraised Topic)
    • Comparison of conservative and surgical management on long term outcomes for return to running for a patient with a labral tear.

Capstone website


Reflective Statement


When I think about all of the opportunities that UNC has afforded me over the last 7 years, I am genuinely humbled. From providing my first exposures to physical therapy … to seeing me all the way through the DPT program – I can never adequately express the extent of my gratitude to all of the people that have taught, guided, and encouraged me along the way. The variety of learning opportunities that I have had have shaped me as a student and will ultimately leave a lasting impression as I grow to become a skilled clinician. I look forward to a fulfilling career as a clinician and potentially a researcher in a profession that has become a passion.


3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Ginzburg, Yana”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 03 Jun 2019 at 11:03 am

    Yana: Thanks for your portfolio. It looks great! Nice to see all your many accomplishments. Great work and good luck to you! Lisa


  2.   McMikeon 20 Jun 2019 at 11:17 am

    Nice job with your portfolio. Keep asking great questions and pursuing answers, you’re going to be a great asset to your future employer and patients!


  3.   Diana McClanahanon 31 Aug 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Great job, you baby!!!!!!!


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