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Meet Ashley, DPT Student

Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?

I was involved in many sports and activities growing up. My main sport was basketball but I knew I would not to pursue it further than high school. However, I am the happiest when I'm around sports or doing something active so I wanted this to be a part of my career. I have always aspired to have a career in the medical field since I was young. I love helping people, improving their conditions and have a passion for understanding pathologies, and the healing processes of the body. During my time in undergrad, my interest in understanding the human body and movement grew. However, I did not really know about physical therapy or athletic training until I became a student athletic trainer. It was then that I realized what profession I wanted to be in; that combining physical therapy and athletic training would allow me to combine my passion for sports and the human body.  As a PT/AT, I get to be a part of every step in the rehabilitation process and interact more with my patients than other health professionals involved in their care, which I think is the best part.


What is your background? 

I am a third-year doctorate of physical therapy and master’s of athletic training student at Shenandoah University. I am from Baltimore, MD and have been away from the Maryland area for quite some time now so I’m happy to be back. I graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with a B.S. in Kinesiology. My time at Maryland is a big reason why I am in my DPT/MSAT program which I think is funny considering I didn't want to even apply to there for undergrad. I played basketball, golf, dabbled into softball and would regularly snowboard during the winter growing up. Nowadays, I’m more into hiking and lifting.


What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?

I think my specialty would lie in my future degrees. As a PT/AT, I can provide care from the field to the treatment room or clinic and with a CSCS I can help them perform at a high level again. Ultimately, I want to help people optimize their performance no matter if they are an athlete, weekend warrior or just someone who wants to be more active. I don’t want to improve performance just from a physical aspect but also take into consideration the mental, emotional and nutrition aspects.


What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

I am most excited about working with a team of people who have similar ideals in that I want my rehab to be one that allows my patient to perform better it whatever is they want. I aim to make my rehab meaningful to the patient that also sets them up for success when they leave to go back to their activities. During my time here, I want to improve on my skills as a clinician and fine-tune all the pieces that I have learned over the years. I believe joining the Rehab 2 Perform team can do all that for me and more. I’m excited to start working with the Rehab 2 Perform team and learn as much as I can from everyone.


What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?

I think Rehab 2 Perform does a good job of engaging with the community through social media and the various platforms accessible to anyone. Therefore, I would like to learn how to use social media in a business context to connect with the community. I also plan to be involved in any outreach opportunities I can to get involved with the community in person.