Apr 06 2022

Starck, Andrew

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Professional Goal Statement

After graduating from UNC with a DPT degree, my goal is to be employed at an outpatient, skilled nursing, or home health setting working with older adults with orthopedic and neurological conditions. My ideal clinic would be an environment that focuses on patient care rather than productivity in order to provide the best care possible for members of the community. I hope to gain mentorship, refine my skills as a therapist, and grow as a clinician.


  • Education
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2022
    • North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Science in Zoology, 2016
  • Clinical Rotations
    • Novant Health Rowan Medical Center – Salisbury, NC (Fall 2021)
      • Acute Care
    • Onslow Memorial Rehab Center – Jacksonville, NC (Spring 2021)
      • Pediatrics
    • Brunswick PT Associates – Southport, NC (Summer 2021)
      • Outpatient Orthopedic
    • UNC Wellness Center NW Cary – Cary, NC (Summer 2022)
      • Outpatient Orthopedic
  • DPT Elective Studies
    • NC Service Learning Trip, Spring 2022
    • Topics in Sports Physical Therapy, Spring 2022
    • Orthopedic Integrated Clinical Experience, Fall 2021
    • Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention, Fall 2021

Career Plan

  • January 2022 – Start and grow a PT social media channel
  • April 2022 – Complete a TMD/TMJ continuing education course
  • Summer 2022 – Become LSVT-BIG certified
  • July 2022 – Graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a DPT degree
  • October 2022 – Sit for and pass National Physical Therapy Examination
  • End of 2022 – Obtain full time employment as a licensed Physical Therapist
  • 2022 – Become a member of the APTA
  • 2025 – Become APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and take first DPT student
  • 2035 – Transition to a leadership role such as a Director of Rehabilitation


  • Strengths
    • Balancing being professional and personal
    • Active listening and soft skills
    • Treating the whole person rather than the diagnosis
    • Curiosity and drive for continued education
    • Applying evidence based practice
    • Social media implementation of physical therapy
  • Areas for Professional Development
    • Physical therapy political advocacy
    • In depth knowledge of administration including reimbursement
    • Improving manual therapy techniques

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

During my time at UNC, our coursework has integrated aspects of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in regard to patient care and systemic issues. Topics such as implicit bias, health literacy, access to healthcare, and the lack of diversity in physical therapy have given me a broader understanding of personal and systemic issues related to providing physical therapy care. I have been exposed firsthand to these issues on my first three clinical rotations in underserved, rural areas of North Carolina. Working with patients who represent the various socioeconomic groups of our state has given me perspective as I largely grew up in the suburbs. Additionally, my experience on the Tyrrell County service learning trip this year further opened my eyes to healthcare discrepancies and the hardships of living in rural parts of North Carolina.


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I have grown so much as a person during my time at UNC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. There have certainly been challenging times navigating coursework during a pandemic, however, these challenges have made me more adaptable. Each one of my clinical rotations have been unique in their own way and I have added aspects from my treatment approach from each of them. I hope to continue to learn and grow each year as I transition from student physical therapist to licensed physical therapist. I’m excited to see where my journey will take me and I will always be grateful to the support from the faculty at UNC DPT and all of my classmates.

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One Response to “Starck, Andrew”

  1.   Lisa Johnstonon 06 Jun 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Great job on your portfolio. I especially enjoyed looking at your capstone project. Really interesting! Good luck to you as you take your next steps. I am sure you will do great in your professional life just as you have done great here at UNC. Good luck to you! Lisa


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