Meet Anthony, DPT Student, Marymount Univ.
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
Since I was a little kid, I saw my grandmother go through physical therapy and the impact it made on her was tremendous. When I saw the compassion that the physical therapist showed her along with the progress she made I knew that the profession was something I wanted to pursue. I knew that I wanted to make a positive impact on others and their families, the way the profession did for me.
What is your background?
I am entering my third and final year of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) school at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. I am from Brunswick, Maryland and that is where my love for athletics began. I have an extensive sports background in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. I chose to continue my lacrosse career at the collegiate level and played at Coker University in South Carolina. While at Coker I was fortunate to study abroad multiple times in the off season to get a better understanding of culture and language. After graduating as a 4-year student athlete with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish I went down to coach and play with Costa Rica’s national lacrosse team. I eventually found my way back to the United States where I assisted with coaching Brunswick High School’s varsity lacrosse team. While coaching at Brunswick I worked full time at Frederick Health Hospital as a PT tech in neuro rehab for a year before starting DPT school. I enjoy being outdoors as often as possible, my hobbies include whitewater rafting on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, hiking, camping, lifting weights, gardening, coaching, and spending time with my friends and family.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
Empowering all athletes and patients, no matter the skill level or stature to build and improve movement performance through mobility, lifestyle, and psychosocial modifications. I have a very lengthy background in working with those who have intellectual disabilities and I would really like to one day treat and train those who participate in the Special Olympics.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I am looking forward to seeing a different approach and perspective on how to evaluate, treat, and progress patients with an individualized mind set.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?
I am active in the lacrosse and watersport communities within the area and hope to continue having a strong presence with both of them. I do enjoy coaching lacrosse in my spare time, and I especially enjoy working with goalies because that was my specialty. When I am not coaching, I can usually be found on the water making new friends and enjoying the whitewater or the calm flatwater. I always enjoy connecting with those who enjoy getting out in nature.