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Alumni Testimonials

Curtis Witt, 2000

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?  
Braaten Health in Davenport Iowa.  I am the Operations Director overseeing 4 therapy clinics, 3 long term care contracts, 2 occupational health clinics and 1 sleep lab.

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
The professors.  They were very approachable and willing to help people.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
The opportunity to work with an orthopedic surgeon that was selected to go to Norway to do surgery on Olympic athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Norway.


Jamie Meyer, 2001

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
I am currently working in Dubuque at Finley Hospital in the Westmark outpatient clinic in pediatrics, pediatric aquatics, and orthopedics. 

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?

As for my time at Clarke, I loved that the school was small and I felt like I really got to know the professors and my classmates.  I went to a very large high school and this was such a breath of fresh air to not get so lost in the crowds.  I feel the education that I received set me on to a path of success and I have seen many of my peers attain success as well.


Kim Engelmann Lueken, 2002

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
OAD orthopedics, Glen Ellyn, IL.

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
The teachers!  Full of knowledge!  I also really like the small class sizes and more personalized attention.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
Studying, taking and passing the OCS


Pam Rowe, 2004

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
I work in acute care at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City, IA.

What did you like most about Clarke’s PT program?
What I most enjoyed about Clarke's PT program was the small class sizes.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been practicing PT?
Since I have been a practicing PT (in acute care for the majority of my career), our caseload of acute patients has increased significantly, yet our staffing has not.


Scott Beisner, 2005

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
I am currently the facility manager at Accelerated Rehabilitation in Libertyville, Illinois.

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
I enjoyed the small class size, accessibility of the faculty as well as that the staff all continues to treat patients.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
I feel that my stories are typical of most PT's but I also love having patients tell me about how I have positively influenced their lives.  Everything from being able to ride horses again, run a marathon, play with their kids, walk through the Botanical Gardens or play collegiate sports.


Rebecca Moonen, 2006

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, Iowa, primarily in outpatient/ortho

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
The ability to complete the DPT in 6 years and the clinical experiences, including practicum.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
That's a tough one! It seems like there is something interesting nearly every day! It has been interesting to work with PT students, and compare Clarke's program to other programs.


Christina Roling, 2008

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Outpatient NeuroRehab, United Hospital in Saint Paul, MN

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
The willingness of professors to go above and beyond to help students succeed and push us beyond our comfort zone.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT? 
Every day in neurorehab is interesting - no two patients are alike!  That is the primary reason I took a job in this area of practice.  Since graduation, I have completed the APTA CI cerification and enjoy taking students.  I have also completed certification programs for LSVT and PWR!4Life (Parkinson Disease rehab programs) and recently developed a community maintenance class for clients who have finished the Parkinson Rehab program here.  I am also involved in wheelchair seating and positioning clinic.  I absolutely love the variety these speciality areas gives my schedule -- keeps it interesting and always offers new challenges!


Lauren Willett, 2010

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
Accelerated Rehab - Indianola Iowa. Outpatient orthopedics / Sports Medicine

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
Clarke provides unique hands on experience starting your first year in graduate school, giving you the chance to implement techniques learned in the classroom.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
Assisted with implementing a concussion management program/protocol for athletes - tying in a vestibular (VOR/gaze stabilization) component. I have also been certified in the ASTYM technique.


Amanda Dudek, 2011

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
I am currently working at the Clubhouse Innovative Therapy Center in Phoenix AZ, pediatric outpatient setting.
  
What did you like most about Clarke's PT program?
The thing I liked most about Clarke's PT program was the practicums, where we were able to gain experience working with clients and also experience as a CI. I felt really prepared on my internships and also at my first job. 

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
The most interesting things that I have experienced since I have been practicing is witnessing a child achieve a milestone such as jumping, skipping, walking, or rolling for the first time on their own.  Also, on my first day of work, a child had a seizure during the 1 minute that her mom left the room. Luckily, mom was watching from behind the two-way mirror and came running in.  During another session a few months later, a different child seized and passed out in my arms and was taken to the ER and docs couldn't find anything wrong, had no idea why he seized.


Tyler Carroll, 2012

Where are you currently working (including place and setting)?
Accelerated Rehab - outpatient ortho/sports med.

What did you like most about Clarke's PT program? 
The smaller class size and relationships with faculty.

What is something interesting that you have experienced since you have been a practicing PT?
I have since been trained in and now perform video analysis of runners. It is through a program we use called Dartfish. It is interesting how much more you can analyze faulty mechanics, weaknesses, etc., and discuss this with the patient right away.

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