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.
What would you say is your number one career advantage you received by completing your Physical Therapy education at CHS?
Richard “Mac” V. McDougall, 91, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018, in Lexington. Mac moved to Kentucky in 1962 and was the founding director of the UK College of Health Sciences (CHS) Physical Therapy (PT) program in the mid 1960s. In 1965, he became the first chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Allied Health Professions, serving until 1982.
When Morgan Lester tore her ACL in high school, she knew she wanted a career working with athletes. When she began her undergraduate education she chose to study biology, knowing it would give her the educational background needed to pursue that dream.
In 2016, Lester completed her doctor of physical therapy (DPT) at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.