University: Langston University in Oklahoma - Graduating Class of 2020
Major: Health, Promotion, Education, & Recreation
Tell us about you: I played softball and now I’m a part of campus royalty, so it keeps me on my toes. I love volunteering and being a part of my organizations: Scholars Club, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, And Women of Purpose.
How did you become interested in PT and what excites you most about the physical therapy field? I’ve always had a passion for helping others and in 8th grade, I tore my ACL along with many other ligaments. I want to be that optimistic light, who impacts someone as my physical therapists did to me.
What is your dream career path within the PT field? What setting and patients would you like to work with? I’d love to own my own practice and be able to travel to underdeveloped countries. I really enjoy helping older people as well.
What are you looking forward to most about Toucan Abroad? A new setting for observation hours while being emerged in a different culture! I have 70+ hours from local areas and wanted a change.
University: University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Graduating Class of 2019
Major: Exercise Science
Tell us about you: I volunteer at a local food bank, meditate, exercise, and practice photography in my free time.
How did you become interested in PT and what excites you most about the physical therapy field? I spent a month working with extreme athletes in Italy who had such passion for their sports, but many had injuries that prevented them from performing beyond a certain point as well as affected their quality of living. I realized that physical therapy would have improved their present conditions, so when I returned to the states, I started volunteering at a local outpatient clinic, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
What is your dream career path within the PT field? What setting and patients would you like to work with? I would love to work in an outpatient clinic that provides care for minorities who may feel intimidated or uncomfortable by treatment due to language and cultural barriers. Ensuring that patients feel safe and understood is a key part in providing treatment, and everyone should have that opportunity no matter what culture they come from or language they speak.
What are you looking forward to most about Toucan Abroad? I’m most looking forward to practicing my Spanish and experiencing what physical therapy is like outside of the USA. I think this will be a great learning opportunity as I prepare to become a DPT!
University: Concordia College Moorhead, MN - Graduating Class of 2021
Major: Exercise Science Minor Nutrition and Dietetics
Tell us about you: I play on the Concordia softball team. I am a huge fan of skiing and spending time outdoors during any season. I love spending time with friends and going to the movies.
How did you become interested in PT and what excites you most about the physical therapy field? Going into college I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist because it has always fascinated me. The body is a complex system and I have always enjoyed learning more about it. I love finding out what makes people’s bodies healthy and being able to teach them exercises on how to get back to daily living. I also love helping people, and physical therapists get to do that everyday. I am most excited to be able to work with a wide variety of people within the physical therapy field. I am very outgoing and I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them better. So getting to know people while also helping restore their body is the perfect combination for me.
What is your dream career path within the PT field? What setting and patients would you like to work with? My dream career within the Physical Therapy field would be to be a PT for an Olympic team/sport. I have been in love with the Olympics ever since I was young and sports have always played an essential role in my life. Being able to help athletes get back to the best shape possible while pushing them would be amazing. I would like to work with patients in all areas of life, but sports have been important to me all my life so maybe athletes.
What are you looking forward to most about Toucan Abroad? I have never been to Costa Rica before so being able to go to another country while observing physical therapists seems like an opportunity of a lifetime. I cannot wait to see the natural beauty that Costa Rica has to offer and get to know the people that are joining me on this journey.
University: Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan - Graduating Class of 2018
Major: Kinesiology with a focus in exercise science on the Pre-Physical Therapy Track
Tell us about you: In my free time I enjoy many activities such as cooking, baking, listening to music, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and hiking. In terms of my academic career I have spent my last three years taking classes full time in order to finish my Bachelor's degree in three years. I have been working in the physical therapy field while attending classes throughout my entire college career. I currently hold a position as a Physical Therapy Technician at Performax Physical Therapy. I have also shadowed at a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury clinic as well as volunteered at a Hippotherapy Center working with individuals with special needs on horses.
How did you become interested in PT and what excites you most about the physical therapy field? Ever since I was a child I have had a dream of becoming a doctor and that dream transitioned into physical therapy as I grew up seeing those around me being treated for many different conditions. I fell in love with the innovation in the field and how every day brings something new. I am most excited about how everchanging the field is and am looking forward to soon being a larger part of it as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
What is your dream career path within the PT field? What setting and patients would you like to work with? My dream career path within the field is to obtain my Doctor of Physical Therapy and work in an orthopedic setting while running a Hippotherapy center during my off time.
What are you looking forward to most about Toucan Abroad? I am most looking forward to the new experiences Toucan Abroad will bring me. Not only am I eager to immerse myself in a new culture but also to learn new practices that may be used in Costa Rica that set it apart from other areas. I am very grateful for this experience and hope to learn more about the field.