Monday, April 26, 2010

Student Elected to MPTA Position

Congratulations to first year student Megan Overall (PT '12) who was elected secretary of the Missouri Student Special Interest Group (MSSIG) in the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA).

Megan was elected during the MPTA spring meeting, April 16-18, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Megan's election continues a proud tradition of Rockhurst students serving the MSSIG. Two members of the Class of 2010 are finishing terms on the MSSIG leadership group this spring. Adrienne Klein has served as Chair for the past year and AJ Thomas has served as Committee Chair.
 Megan Overall (PT '12)

Faculty / Students Present at MPTA Meeting

Faculty and students of the Department of Physical Therapy Education gave both research and educational presentations at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association spring meeting, April 16-17, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Students in the PT Class of 2010 presented posters with the results of their student/faculty research projects on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

PT faculty member Catherine Thompson, PT, PhD presented an 8-hour educational session titled "Achieving Vision 2020:  Preparing Pediatric Physical Therapy for the Future" during the day on Friday.

Everyone reports that they had a great time at the meeting. Congratulations to all on their accomplishments.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Rockhurst Student Featured in MPTA Newsletter

Rockhurst PT student Adrienne Klein (PT '10) was featured in the spring 2010 issue of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) newsletter. Adrienne has served in a leadership role in the Student Special Interest Group of MPTA for two years. Last year she served as secretary and this year she is chair.

Here is the profile and the photo that were published in the MPTA newsletter. Way to go Adrienne!

Spotlight on PT
Adrienne Klein, SPT, Chair of the MSSIG

I grew up on a farm in Central MO.  I have 2 sisters and 1 brother and we are all close in age, so things were always exciting and crazy growing up.  We had lots of pets growing up at one time or another, including rabbit, miniature goats, cats, dogs, and horses.  I played sports through high school (softball and basketball) and met my husband my senior year in high school.  I currently have 3 nieces who I adore and spend as much time as possible spoiling them.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, photography, gardening, and being outside in general.

How did you become interested in Physical Therapy?
I was pre-med during my undergraduate years at Loyola University in Chicago until my senior year.  I was homesick and decided to spend the summer home before going back to school.  I went to the local hospital in order to get all of my volunteer hours in and they have a program with the local high school to get them as volunteers.  Since there was not any openings, the volunteer coordinator sent me to their outpatient physical therapy clinic.  I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the type of relationship that each patient had with his/her therapist.  I also enjoyed that each therapist had time for his/her family without it conflicting with work or vice versa.  I decided right then that I was better fit as a physical therapist than as a physician and went back to school that fall and started applying at Physical Therapy schools.  Since then I have not had any regrets about my career choice, even though I am probably one of the few therapists that you will meet that had no idea what a physical
therapist was or did until my senior year in college.

Who are your heroes/role models?
My parents have been great role models for me.  They were always supportive of my choices even though that involved going away to school.  They made me believe and supported that I could do nything I wanted as long as I was willing to work hard for it.  I also had a great public speaker professor during my first year of college.  She was very supportive and made a point to speak to me about home and my goals during college.  She helped me give me the confidence to try new things and go after my future.

Do you have a favorite quote/motto?
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

I really enjoy this blessing.  I feel that no matter what life brings me, this reminds me that I have the love and support from my family and friends.  I also believe that just when you want to lose faith, if you can just stick it out there is something better waiting for you.

What is something about you that most people don’t know or are surprised to find out about you?
Ummm, this one is really hard for me.  The biggest surprise that most people have about me is my age.  I look significantly younger than most people think and have even been mistaken for a high school student on one of my clinicals.. by the way I am 26 years old.   I always get told that I will appreciate that when I get older, so I guess I will just wait and see. 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I see myself with kids going to work and spending time at football and basketball games watching my husband coach.  I hope to be an active part of the physical therapy profession through the APTA and establishing myself as a pediatric rehab physical therapist.

Adrienne Klein, a student at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and Chair of the Missouri Student Special Interest Group (MSSIG) poses with her husband.

(Article and photo reprinted with permission of MPTA)