After Graduation

Class of 2016

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Alison Phillips, DPT

Class of 2016

 

Working at: Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community, Heritage Healthcare in Harrisonburg, VA

 

How would you classify your facility?

SNF with OP, HH, ALF, and LTC. 

 

 

 

What do you like most about being a PT?

I love seeing the impact that I'm making on my patients' lives. I've had multiple patients be told that they would never walk again who are walking community level distances and have 100% improved their quality of life. I love that my patients become my family. In the setting I work in, there are some short term rehab patients but the long term care aspect lets me ensure that I'm impacting these people's lives consistently and over long periods of time. The relationships that I've built are honestly life changing. 

 

Please share one fond memory you have of the Radford University DPT program:

One of my favorite memories at RUDPT would have to be when Dr. Siyufy had Zach Harrelson and Caleb Inman play "chubby bunny" in class for a little de-stress moment. They stuffed their mouths full of marshmallows and had to say "phonophoresis" adding marshmallow after marshmallow until they couldn't say the word. We were in tears laughing. There is a video.

 

Please share advice to future RUDPT students:

Be sure to take advantage of how approachable the faculty are. They are the best mentors you could possibly have and they are there to help you grow. They are what truly sets Radford's DPT program apart from others. Also, never try to take a Dr. Jagger quiz without reading the assigned text. You. Will. Fail. Enjoy every moment! The good, the bad, the stress, and the fun! Take time for yourself but be sure to dedicate yourself to the program. In the end you're investing in such an amazing education and you want to be the best clinician you can possibly be for your patients. 

 

Any additional comments you may like to say about Radford University DPT program?

Without a doubt, being a part of the RUDPT program is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

 

 



Lauren Gussel, DPT.

Class of 2016

 

Working at: AMN Healthcare

 

How would you classify your facility?

Travel Physical Therapy, currently at a SNF

 

What do you like most about being a PT?

Being able to change people's lives each day and seeing their appreciation.

 

Please share one fond memory you have of the Radford University DPT program:

Every week before finals and the day following finals...It was like we went through a war together but somehow came out on top.

 

Please share advice to future RUDPT students:

I came out of the program thinking "I still don't know what I'm doing." But being a PT has been surprisingly easy and very rewarding. You know a whole lot more than you give yourself credit for.

 

Any additional comments you may like to say about Radford University DPT program?

Don't be afraid to travel. If not now, then when?

Class of 2015

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Jared Casazza, DPT

Class of 2015

 

Working as a: Travel Physical Therapist in various clinics in Virginia, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Currently in Morehead City, NC

 

How would you classify your facility?

Outpatinet Orthopedics

 

 

 

What do you like most about being a PT?

Assisting in improving the quality of life of patients who have been living with chronic conditions and were beginning to give up hope. 

 

Please share one fond memory you have of the Radford University DPT program:

Spending countless hours learning and practicing manual techniques that I now use daily in the clinic.

 

Please share advice to future RUDPT students:

Although there may be times when you think there's no way that you will be able to get everything done, just keep your head down and push through. It may be difficult now, but remember that all the challenges will be worth it in the end and will make you a better clinician as well.

 

Any additional comments you may like to say about Radford University DPT program?

I am very thankful for the thorough education that I received. Without all the challenges I would not be nearly as confident in my practice as I am today.

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