May 21 2019

Sherron, Ali

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Professional Goal Statement

My passions revolve around acute care and neurologic interventions but I aspire to be a well-rounded, knowledgeable, and empathetic Physical Therapist. I intend to utilize evidence based treatment interventions to ensure my patients are receiving the best care and to continue to learn new treatments throughout my career by staying up-to-date on research. I hope to build relationships with patients, families and other health care providers that allow for high quality, patient-centered care. Additionally, I plan to spread my passion for Physical Therapy by becoming a certified clinical instructor.

Career Plan

  •  Past:
    • B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016
  • Clinical Rotations:
    • June 2017 – August 2017 (8 weeks) UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC – Acute Care
    • March 2018 – April 2018 (8 weeks) UNC Therapy Services at Meadowmont, Chapel Hill, NC – Outpatient Orthopedics
    • April 2018 – June 2018 (8 weeks) Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation, Rocky Mount, NC – Neurological, Inpatient Rehab
    • May 2019 – July 2019 (12 weeks) Wake Med Hospital, Raleigh, NC – Acute Care
  • Future Plans:
    • July 2019 – Sit for National Licensure Exam
    • August 2019 – Graduate UNC DPT Program
    • September/October 2019 – Attain job as full-time acute care PT
    • 2021 – Become a Clinical Instructor
    • 2024 – Begin job in inpatient rehab
    • 2028 – Become NCS certified

Self Assessment

  • Strengths:
    • Communication with patients, families and other health care providers
    • Timely and efficient
    • Commitment to learning and professional development
    • Ability to create rapport with patients and their families
  • Areas for further development:
    • Involvement in advocacy for the Physical Therapy profession
    • Treatment interventions in the inpatient rehab setting
    • Knowledge of billing codes and insurance
    • Clinical experience with vestibular rehabilitation


  • Graduate from UNC DPT program in 2019
  • Pass licensure exam (NPTE) by October 2019
  • Obtain a job in an acute setting by October 2019
  • Become a neurologic clinical specialist

Specific Strategies

  • Adhere to an NPTE study plan throughout 3rd year
  • Maintain APTA membership
  • Maintain close contact with DPT faculty and past clinical instructors and explore employment opportunities for the future
  • Take appropriate continuing education courses to further develop my skills as a clinician



  • Teacher Scholar – Intro to PT Intervention
  • Research Elective, Mentor: Mike Lewek
  • Integrated Clinical Experience, Outpatient Neuro, Mentor: Vicki Mercer

Reflective Statement

The past three years here at UNC have been filled with rewarding, yet sometimes challenging experiences. Throughout my time at Carolina I have gained a wealth of knowledge and made life-long relationships with classmates, professors and clinicians that I know will guide me as I embark on my career. This program has motivated me to be an advocate for myself, my patients, and the profession as a whole and has given me the confidence to do so. The opportunities afford to me throughout PT school have given me a solid foundation on which to continue to build my professional and personal life.

As graduation approaches it is clear how much I have learned over the past few years; however, it remains clear that there is still much for me to learn as I begin practicing. I intend to continue learning throughout my career by attending conferences, staying active in the APTA and NCPTA, and pursuing a neurologic specialist certification. Overall I believe that the lessons I have learned while in school and the experiences I have had have prepared me for whatever challenges I might face in the future. I am excited to begin my career as a physical therapist and am so thankful for this experience.

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3 Responses to “Sherron, Ali”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 11 Jun 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Ali: Great job on your portfolio! I enjoyed seeing more about your journey and your successes. It was a pleasure having you in 720 last fall! I know you will do great things! Good luck to you. Lisa


  2.   Michael Lewekon 14 Jun 2019 at 1:09 pm

    You and Sarah did such a wonderful job over this past year in the research lab. I know that you will continue to excel as you move away from UNC and I can’t wait to hear all the great things you will be involved in.


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