Dec 03 2020

Colello, Brianna

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Professional Goal Statement

After graduating from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, I aspire to become a well-rounded physical therapist, with the clinical knowledge and experience to treat patients across a variety of diagnoses. While my interests include a broad range of conditions, I have a passion for working with patients who have neurologic involvements. I recognize that in order to successfully treat a patient, I must use a multi-system approach, which requires me to have adequate skills in the many areas of physical therapy. I intend to continue to develop and refine my skillset and ability to treat patients by pursuing additional certifications, advocate consistently, and assist with research development. I aim to work in an environment that will support and develop both my personal and professional goals in order to allow me to provide the best possible care to my patients.

Career Plan

  • May 2017: Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science- University at Buffalo
  • August 2018-2021: Enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UNC Chapel Hill
    • Electives 
      • Integrated Clinical Experience in Outpatient Orthopedics
      • Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment
    • Capstone
      • Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Rehabilitative Care in Neurodegenerative Diagnostic Groups with Sam Ward, SPT. This IRB-approved project seeks to better understand the barriers to PT care and treatment that exist for people diagnosed with MS, PD, and ALS in order to minimize these barriers and improve patient care.
  • 2019-2021: NEURO/MS STEP UP Scholarship Program
    • Completion of additional curriculum focused on Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis management
  • July 2021: Earn Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination and become a licensed physical therapist
  • Fall 2021: Begin my career in acute, inpatient or outpatient neurology setting
  • Become an LSVT-BIG certified therapist
  • Continue to participate and mentor scholars in NEURO STEP UP program
  • Become APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor to promote and educate the future physical therapy professionals
  • Attend continuing education seminars pertinent to the conditions I treat including CSM, CMSC, and additional specialized conferences
  • Pursue NCS Specialty Certification

Clinical Affiliations

  • Access Physical Therapy (8 weeks)- Outpatient orthopedics in Knightdale & Clayton, NC
  • Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital (9 weeks)- Acute Care; Cardiovascular and Neurologic ICU’s, Progressive Floors, and General Orthopedic, Surgical, and Renal Floors in Greensboro, NC
  • UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care (14 weeks)- Outpatient Neurological in Chapel Hill, NC



  • Specific experience in evaluating and treating individuals with MS, other neurological conditions, in addition to long-haul COVID-19 patients
  • Capability to build rapport with patients and caregivers
  • Professionalism and compassion with patients, family members and coworkers
  • Adapting communication based on audience
  • Providing evidence-based, functional, and clinically sound, interventions and treatments
  • Experience with interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Motivated to pursue learning opportunities throughout my career

Areas for further development

  • Confidence with conditions to which I have had limited exposure to
  • Analyzing research for clinical practicality
  • Consistently reflecting on my intervention and evaluative skills
  • Involvement in professional advocacy through APTA
  • Equipment recommendations, home assessments and providing letters of medical necessity for patients
  • Billing and reimbursement policies

Professional Objectives

  • Graduate from UNC Chapel Hill’s DPT program: July 31st 2021
  • Successfully prepare for and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination in July 2021
  • Begin my career with a full-time job with strong mentorship and the capacity for professional development
  • Continue to develop knowledge in areas of weakness utilizing continuing education courses
  • Maintain APTA, IOMSRT, and additional specialized memberships

Strategies for Success

  • Develop and adhere to a detailed study plan to prepare NPTE in order to successfully achieve a passing score
  • Maintain, identify and develop relationships with a network of professionals involved in physical therapy advocacy and mentorship to expand my skillset
  • Attend continuing education courses, lectures, and conferences to network with other professionals and update my knowledge on the latest evidence-based research
  • Complete my final clinical rotation in outpatient neurological care
  • Use my established network of professionals to assist with my job search
  • Maintain membership with APTA and Neurological Special Interest Groups

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The past 3 years at Carolina has provided me the opportunity to not only develop my professional dreams but has also nurtured and expanded my personal experiences and understandings.  I have become a better person through my interactions with faculty members, peers, patients, and clinicians. The opportunities and encounters I have been afforded has given me life-long mentors and friends, whom I am grateful to learn and grow alongside. We have supported, encouraged, and developed one another throughout the years, especially through this COVID-19 pandemic.

When I began the DPT program, I was unsure where this journey would land me. Through my involvement as an MS/NEURO scholar, I have realized my passion for those with neurologic conditions. I have been given an opportunity to develop special connections with those involved in the neuro community and am appreciative for their support. I am excited to begin my career with the skills I have developed throughout my educational journey.

I am forever grateful for my clinical instructors, peers, faculty, and family who have supported and encouraged me throughout these past three years. I am I have been inspired by my experiences at Carolina to continue to advocate for my patients and profession, to provide the best possible care to those who need it. I am proud to be a Tar Heel and hope to continue to continue to support this school, in addition to this profession, as it has supported me.

Congratulation and thank you to Class of 2021 and the UNC faculty!

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2 Responses to “Colello, Brianna”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 01 Jun 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Bri- Congrats to you! I really enjoyed seeing what you accomplished during your time here. Nice job on your Capstone that will be a great addition to Neuro STEP UP. I know you have a bright future ahead of you. Good luck to you! Lisa


  2.   Jessica Cassidyon 07 Jun 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Bri- I’m in awe at the well-roundness of your PT education! I primarily interacted with you through the MS/Neuro STEP UP program, and it was wonderful for me to see all of your other electives and training. Good luck and keep in touch! -Jessica


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