Apr 27 2020

Paintal, Anjali

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Professional Goal Statement


My goal is to become a knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate physical therapist that provides patient-centered and holistic care. I hope to continue improving my knowledge and clinical skills through continued education and staying up to date with current research. My professional interests lie in preventative medicine strategies, bridging health disparities, and healthy aging. As I progress through my career, not only do I want to focus on treating individual patients, but I also want to be part of a larger change in the culture of health in this country.


Career Plan

  • May 2017: Graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science
  • August 2017-Now
    • Clinical Affiliations:
      • Duke Specialty Rehab Services Midtown, Raleigh, NC – Outpatient Orthopedics (8 weeks)
      • Piedmont Health SeniorCare (PACE), Pittsboro, NC- Geriatric, Neuro, underserved population (8 weeks)
      • UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC -Acute Care (8 weeks)
      • Access Physical Therapy – Outpatient and Home Health (June 1, 2020- July 24th, 2020)
  • April 2020: Attended Service Learning Trip to Guatemala
  • August 2020: Graduate from The University of North Carolina’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • September-November 2020: Attain Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training
  • October 2020: Sit for and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
  • November-December 2020: Begin working as a physical therapist in acute care at a hospital in NC
  • January-December 2021: Become a certified medical interpreter (Spanish)
  • July 2022-July 2023: Consider applying for a geriatric residency program at the University of Miami and Durham VA Geriatric Residency.

Self Assessment

  • Strengths
    • Communication
    • Professionalism
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Experience in different clinical settings
    • Cultural competency
    • Fluent in Spanish
  • Areas of Further Development
    • Application of evidence-based practice
    • Staying up to date with research
    • Professional confidence
    • Public speaking
    • Time management
    • Billing and reimbursement policies
    • Involvement in professional PT events and organizations



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Reflective Statement

I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to attend UNC’s physical therapy program. These past three years have been very challenging both educationally and personally, but it has pushed me to grow in every aspect of my life.  Through this program, I have not only learned the clinical skills necessary to become a licensed physical therapist, but I also have had unforgettable experiences with my classmates, professors, and clinicians both in North Carolina and abroad. I appreciate the program’s emphasis on differential diagnosis, critical thinking, biopsychosocial factors that impact patient care, evidence-based practice, and patient-centered care. UNC’s PT program has provided me with a broader and more nuanced understanding of the field of physical therapy and has helped me identify my own professional interests, which lie in geriatrics and orthopedics.

Additionally, the program has enabled me to further cultivate my passion of service to underrepresented communities by offering opportunities to volunteer at homeless shelters and a pro bono clinic (SHAC), educate minority high school students about the field of physical therapy, as well as use my Spanish language abilities and PT skills to serve underserved populations in Guatemala.  I hope to continue to embody and foster this spirit of service throughout my career. I am excited to apply the knowledge I have learned and continue to refine my skills as a doctor of physical therapy.

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2 Responses to “Paintal, Anjali”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 01 Jul 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Anjali-Great job on your portfolio. So nice to get to see more of your work. It was a pleasure working with you for your Capstone project. I am looking forward to seeing what is in your future. Good luck to you and stay in touch! Lisa


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