While playing travel baseball in 2010, I injured my right shoulder on a throw from right field to third base. During pitching warm up for the next inning, I realized my shoulder was badly injured. My parents took me to Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham. After several x-rays and movement tests, Dr. Dugas determined that I had torn the growth plate in my shoulder. I began seeing Dr. Dugas and his team monthly at Troy University. The experience with the physical therapists at Andrews Sports Medicine stayed with me. After graduation in 2012, I was accepted to Troy University. During my freshman year, the university introduced a new major, Exercise Science Pre-Medical – Physical Therapy. I immediately declared Physical Therapy as my major.
I meet regularly with my guidance counselor; intern in a hospital Rehabilitation Department and an outpatient rehabilitation center; and record observation hours and professional recommendations on the physical therapist college admissions website. I have completed over 200 hours of internship. Last fall, I joined Kinesiology Health Professionals. Toward the end of studies my junior year, I will be able to work with Dr. Dugas and his team at Troy.
By establishing a schedule and plan with my counselor, I will graduate in May, 2016, allowing time to properly study and pass the graduate exam. My goal is to attend graduate school and work at a hospital, showing my patients the same kindness, compassion, professionalism, and humor I received at Andrews Sports Medicine.