I have been a doctor of physical therapy since May of 2018. I can’t believe how fast the time goes. I wanted to share a bit more about why I became a physical therapist. When I was in high school, I actually wanted to be a teacher! I have always been a bit of a nerd and have loved school so naturally I considered my future involving teaching. My senior year of high school I took an anatomy course, and realized how much I loved learning about the miraculous and intricate human body. I have always been intrigued and fascinated with the different anatomical systems in the body, and that class really ignited my passion for human anatomy. When I went to college I decided to go down a medical path, and I chose Exercise Science to be my major. I started taking courses like human anatomy and physiology and finally felt like I was taking classes that I really cared about! As I began to consider which medical field I wanted to pursue, I was very fascinated with Optometry. I started looking into Optometry schools and decided that it seemed like a good fit for me. It is a medical profession that is low-stress and interesting, and I felt like I could see myself doing it. One summer I worked at an Optometry office so that I could get some experience in an office. I enjoyed my experience there but I did walk away from it feeling like it may not be exactly what I was expecting it to be. When the time came to start applying to Optometry schools, the summer before my senior year, unfortunately I hit a wall. I did not have peace about pursuing this field anymore, but I could not identify why! I realized that my personality was not a good fit for this profession.
Two things that I value and appreciate deeply are human relationships and exercise. I LOVE meeting and connecting with other people and building relationships with them. I also am super passionate about exercise and the effects it has on the human body. My mom pointed out these two passions of mine and suggested I consider pursuing physical therapy. At first I was opposed to the idea, but then mom convinced me to shadow in a few PT clinics. After shadowing, I realized the physical therapy was the PERFECT career path for me! I am able to connect two of my biggest passions: building relationships and exercise. With that realization, I quickly changed gears and signed up to take the GRE so that I could apply to PT school during my senior year.
God was so faithful and gracious in this next part of the story, he truly had his hand on me. Many students spend a couple of years applying to PT school. I truly did not expect to be admitted into any DPT program during my first year of applications, especially after taking such a turn in my academic plan. I completed the applications, interviewed, and was accepted into Samford University’s inaugural DPT class of 2018! I was so excited when I found out I got in. I was in shock, but I felt the peace of God wash over me and knew that it was His will for me to be in that program.
Now that I have graduated and have been working in the field for 2 years, I am more confident than ever that this was the perfect job path for me! I love what I do and consider it a gift to get to help others return to their prior level of function.