Tell me about yourself:
My name is Andrew and I am currently a 2nd year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. In 2015 I graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. In May of 2018 I will be graduating from UMary as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I enjoy watching and playing baseball, basketball, and football, spending time with my wife, and serving God faithfully.
Why did you choose to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy?
What originally drew me to become a DPT is my own experiences with injuries throughout my sports career. From the first time I could dribble a basketball to becoming a walk-on collegiate baseball player at NDSU, I frequently experienced injuries that kept me from achieving my athletic goals. Through my own experiences with injuries I know how debilitating they can be and how rewarding it is when you are able to return to fully participate in your activity/sport/occupation. I also know how frustrating it can be when injuries are misdiagnosed or handled improperly due to lack of attention from health care professionals. This is what fueled me to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy, knowing that I can help people achieve their goals through listening, understanding, and treating in a manner that a DPT should. Being a Doctor of Physical Therapy will allow me to spend more time with my patients than virtually any other healthcare professional would be able to. This increased amount of time gives me an unmatched level of communication and access to patients hereby allowing me to progressively modify my treatment when a patient experiences changes during their plan of care.