Dustin Colbert, DPT Student
Meet Dustin Colbert, DPT Student from the Univ. of MD, Baltimore
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
After a long path of deciding between medical professions, I got into Athletic Training at Salisbury University. After working with the teams there and at some of the local high schools, I realized how rewarding it was to see one of my athletes take that first step back on the field after months of rehabilitation. When I recognized that, I decided to re-direct my path to Physical Therapy. I began the process of applying to schools and I started interning with Josh and Zach at the original R2P in FISC! Two years later, I’m right back where I started and couldn’t be happier!
What is your background?
I was born and raised in Damascus, MD where I live today. I graduated from Damascus High School, and studied at Salisbury University where I received my Athletic Training Certification. Eleven short days after moving out of Salisbury, I moved to Baltimore to start in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services program at University of Maryland- Baltimore. I am currently in my first of three clinical affiliates before I will take my licensing exam in April 2019.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
Growing up in a big sports town, everything I have ever wanted to do revolved around sports and being active. That is still my mindset today and I would say my specialty is definitely sports-related rehabilitation. I have a passion for helping athletes get back to what they were doing, the way they were doing it before their injuries and with even more resiliency to injury in the future.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
First, I am most excited to be a part of the recovery of athletes from many different backgrounds. I am also excited to get to know some of the newer staff members at R2P since I first interned. I am also very happy to see the growth of this amazing group while I am learning the business side of this profession as well.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick Community?
Although, R2P gives me opportunities outside of the clinic to help serve the community and connect with the residents, I also plan to utilize social media outlets to offer up a forum to connect with people. Through this, people can ask me questions about my experiences in school so far, Athletic Training or Physical Therapy applications or programs, or even just personal questions about my background. I live close to Frederick, so I plan to remain active in the community for years to come. I look forward to building great relationships on the way—connect with me on Instagram, @dcolbert7!