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“I was inspired to pursue the profession of physical therapy through my own experiences as a physical therapy patient. … When I learned that I could help facilitate functional healing in individuals through compassion and evidence-based care, there was no question of choosing another path.”

Alicia Wortman ’18 was drawn to the physical therapy profession because she wanted to join a group of compassionate, effective communicators who have a “curiosity that cannot be quenched.”

“I was inspired to pursue the profession of physical therapy through my own experiences as a physical therapy patient,” said Wortman. “As a competitive athlete, I obviously love to move. When I learned that I could help facilitate functional healing in individuals through compassion and evidence-based care, there was no question of choosing another path.”

“I chose Pacific’s [doctor of physical therapy (DPT)] program primarily because of its alumni,” Wortman explained. “During my observation hours, every Pacific DPT alumni I met had that ‘it’ factor that set them apart from their peers when interacting with their patients. I wanted to be like those physical therapists, so I chose Pacific.”

Wortman received the Dr. Gregory Bard Endowed Physical Therapy Scholarship. “The scholarship provides me with the encouragement of knowing that this journey to a DPT is not made alone,” Wortman said. “Through the support of family, friends, classmates, the University, community patients and local clinicians, we are developing into our own, as well as into competent health care providers.” She added, “I was very humbled to hear all of the positive regards my classmates and professors gave me. It encourages me to remember that gratitude is contagious and challenges me to pursue my education in all circumstances.”

After graduation she plans to pursue an orthopedic clinical residency at Pine Street Physical and Occupational Therapy in Stockton.

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By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
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