According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 251 babies are born worldwide each minute launching women and men everywhere into a new season of life as parents. Motherhood is a beautiful gift but it's not without difficulties or confusion.
First-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student Gabbie Van Scoy feels right at home in the Horse Capital of the World. Her experience riding and working with horses has been instrumental in her journey to become a physical therapist.
Billie J. Randolph, PhD, PT (Colonel, U.S. Army Retired) has known since childhood that helping people is in her DNA. What she didn’t know in those early years was just how far this calling was going to take her: from central Kentucky to the Army; to Walter Reed Army Medical Center; the White House; the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and more, Randolph has left a lasting mark on people and patients around the world.
What if you could travel the United States doing the profession you love, pay off student loans, and live in close proximity to places most people only visit? That’s exactly how physical therapy alums Steve and Ellen Stockhausen have lived their life for the past six years.
Access to care is one of the most pressing issues practitioners encounter in both rural and urban areas. Americans face a slew of issues when seeking medical care: Lack of insurance, transportation, finances, and time, to name a few. That’s why the UK College of Health Sciences sends faculty and students to offer no cost health care to local populations in Kentucky through events like the Remote Area Medical brigade.
The hours can be demanding, the job trying, but ask any physical therapist if the work is worth it and you’ll be met with a resounding yes. Physical therapists (PTs) are tasked with the unique job of helping patients regain their independence and recover their movement function. About 70 percent of UKPT graduates decide to practice in Kentucky bringing more exceptional care than ever to the Commonwealth.
Not every person’s passion is realized in an all-consuming epiphany; in fact, for human health sciences junior Emily Appel, her grand moment of revelation happened in the back of her mother’s car on the way to a college fair.
In the nineties, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) medical specialist Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD, director of UK’s ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic, asked Tony English, PT, PhD, now the director of physical therapy at the College of Health Sciences, to participate in one of his new research studies.
The medical profession is one that is constantly shifting; innovation and creativity have been used for thousands of years as tools for necessary growth and advancement in healthcare. It is crucial for the students who will become tomorrow’s health care professionals to receive an education that places emphasis on change, flexibility, and innovation.