2019 SSIG Student Highlights
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 November Student Highlight of the Month

 

 

Meet Suzanne Kritz!

The November NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

Meet Suzanne KritzThe November NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. She is a SPT from Clarkson University, Class of 2020, and is committed to the growth of the Physical Therapy Profession. Over the course of PT school she's been the Clarkson University APTA representative for the class of 2020, NYPTA SSIG East Central Representative, Committee member for the 2019 Utica College Student conclave, NYPTA SSIG school liaison in 2018, and a participant in PTs for Peru. She has even attended both CSM and NSC! She is also making a difference in her community! She and her classmates ran a clinic for patients with neurological conditions for 2 weeks, the also planned and executed a wellness seminar for musicians at the Crane School of Music, she has screened athletes for the Special Olympics FUNfitness North Country, and even advocated for ChoosePT on the Today show in Manhattan!

 

  • Here is what Suzanne had to say about her greatest achievement since starting PT school: Putting myself out there within my state and national organization. Though it may seem difficult to put yourself out there, this has allowed me to make amazing connections with PTs and SPTs throughout the US! I have loved being a part of the NYPTA and APTA as an SPT!

 

  • Here is what Suzanne had to say about plans for after graduation: Since I was young, I have ridden horses and studied animal science in undergrad. That being said, my dream career is to not only work with riders, but also obtain my certification in equine rehabilitation!

 

October Student Highlight of the Month

 

 


 

 

Meet Django Denne!

The October NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

 

Meet Django Denne! The October NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. He is a SPT from Daemen College, Class of 2021, and is making a big difference in the PT world as well as in his community!

 

  •  Here is what Django had to say about what makes him passionate about PT: I am passionate about helping people heal without being subjected to invasive surgery. The healing that we are able to perform with our hands is as effective as a surgeon's scalpel, and we are able to toughen/heal not only their bodies but also their lives. The impact of Physical Therapy on one's life is global, and I want more people to realize that.
  • Here is what Django had to say about his greatest achievement since starting PT school: The Warms Hugs Clothes drive in which we were able to donate over 800 articles of clothing to a shelter in Buffalo. I organized the clothes drive via my influence in Student Government at Daemen College and was able to make many men, women, and children warm for the coming winter months.
  • Here is what Django had to say about plans for after graduation: I want to heal people and make an impact on my community by volunteering my time to treat people who aren't fortunate enough to seek out therapy.

 


 

September is New Student Highlight Month

 

September is New Student Highlight Month! Say hello to our first year DPT students at Ithaca College, Dominican College of Blauvelt, Clarkson University, LIU Brooklyn, Mercy College, NYIT, and Utica College respectively!

 

To ALL our first year DPT/PTA students: We are delighted that you are all here and cannot wait to see the wonderful things that you will bring and do to grow our wonderful profession. Congratulations and welcome!

 

This month, instead of highlighting a single outstanding student in PT, we are highlighting ALL of our new first year students in DPT and PTA programs across New York!  Check out all of the new students here!

 


August Student Highlight of the Month

 

 

 

 

Meet Gianna Cavalier!

 The August NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

Meet Gianna Cavalier! The August NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. She is an SPT from Utica College, Class of 2020, who possesses outstanding characteristics and has inspired others!

 

Here is what Gianna’s nominator had to say about her and her accomplishments: Gianna has selflessly dedicated her busy time during graduate studies to helping facilitate multiple opportunities for her peers. She has organized an LSVT Big training, has been heavily involved in the founding of Utica College's first Pro Bono Clinic, and is engaged in a "Free From Falls" course that helps elderly individuals with Multiple Sclerosis decrease their risk of falling. Gianna is also organizing a review session for classmates to prepare early for taking the PT Exam next year. Gianna inspires those around her to strive for greatness through her altruistic actions. Gianna's engagement shows a promising future for her role as an advocate for the profession of Physical Therapy. 

 


July Student Highlight of the Month

 

 

 

Meet Haley Rosenwald!

 The July NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

Meet Haley Rosenwald! The July NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. She is an SPT from Ithaca College, Class of 2020, who possesses outstanding characteristics and is improving the lives of others in her community. She has donated 8-12 inches of her hair through Locks of Love, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and Children with Hair Loss a total of 5 times and looks to continue donating. She volunteered at Glen Rock Physical Therapy in her hometown for 3 years and volunteered at the Glen Rock Jewish Center (Special Needs Children’s Classroom) as a teacher’s aide for 2 years. Haley is a part of the Ithaca College Physical Therapy Student Association, IC Hillel, IC Club Tennis and has also received numerous awards for her academic excellence.

 

Here is what Haley had to say about what makes her passionate about PT: I have been an athlete my whole life, which has led me to become fascinated by the human body. As soon as I learned that being a PT was a possible career path, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I love the relationship PTs have with their patients, and I appreciate the impact that PTs have on their patients’ lives. I look forward to being the light in my future patients’ days by encouraging them to see their abilities rather than disabilities. I am eager to help improve my future patients’ health so they can have a better quality of life. As a PT, I am most excited to help turn patients’ struggles with physical challenges, such as recovering from a limb amputation or a TBI, into experiences where they become aware of their incredible resilience and willpower. I have been interested in prosthetics and amputation for years; this niche is high on my list of possible specialties to go into as a PT. I hope to show my patients how worthy they truly are through, rather than in spite of, the journey their physical body is taking them on.

 

Here is what Haley had to say about her plans after graduation: I have thought a lot about the steps I would like to take in my career after graduation, such as opening my own practice, and contributing to research. Immediately after graduating with my DPT in 2022, my goal is to have a job stemming from a clinical round I completed during my graduate years of school. I would like to pursue a specialization in either prosthesis/amputation, pediatric special needs, or TBI. I would love to work in a hospital setting with patients who have just had a rotationplasty. Also, I would love to work closely with other PTs, OTs and engineers to develop personalized prosthesis and provide rehabilitation to patients. I am very interested in how PTs, OTs, nurses, doctors, and various other therapists work together to care for a patient as a unit, and I look forward to being a part of that one day.

 


 

June Student Highlight of the Month

 

Meet Jacob Stouffer!

The June NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

 

 

Meet Jacob Stouffer! The June NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. He is a SPTA from Herkimer County Community College, Class of 2020, who possesses outstanding characteristics and has inspired others!

 

Here is what Jacob’s nominator had to say about him and his accomplishments:

Jacob is an excellent student who demonstrates excellent character in and out of the classroom. His passion and enthusiasm for physical therapy is very inspiring. Jacob is the Herkimer County Community College liaison for the NYPTA: Student Special Interest Group and is the President of the Physical Therapist Assistant Club. As an active leader in his class he motivates his classmates to work hard and together to learn the skills needed to be a successful therapist. His passion to serve the community and spread awareness about the physical therapy profession is evident in his participation to raise community awareness during club and community events. In his free time, he volunteers to coach his hometown crew team. Jacob is a positive role-model in this program and he is currently working to improve the relationship between Utica College: DPT and HCCC: PTA to bridge the gap between Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. 

 

 


 

May Student Highlight of the Month

 

 

Meet Nicole Glasser!

The May NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

 

 

Meet Nicole Glasser! The May NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. She is a SPTA from Nassau Community College, Class of 2019, and has been greatly involved in the NYPTA and making a big difference in her community! She is the NYPTA SSIG Long Island 2019 Regional Representative, the 2019 Director's Intern at the NYPTA BOD Meeting, and volunteers at: Bobbie and the Strays Animal Shelter and Rehabilitation, the Surfrider Foundation, and Surf For All - Non Profit.

  • Here is what Nicole had to say about what makes her passionate about PT:I've always been an advocate for giving back to your community.  After a traumatic surfing accident threatened my ability to walk, I decided to dedicate my life to helping others who may have had similar experiences. Perspective cannot always be taught and can go a long way to inspire those you work with as well as your patients.
  • Here is what Nicole had to say about her plans for after graduation:After graduation I plan on searching for a position where I could treat patients in an aquatic setting. My passion is with neurological physical therapy but I would love to help others experience and understand the benefits water could have on their treatment. I would also like to continue playing an active role in the NYPTA and continue to promote the benefits of being a member.

 

April Student Highlight of the Month

 

Meet Daniel Vapne!

 The April NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

 


 

Meet Daniel Vapne! The April NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. He is a SPT from Touro College, Class of 2019, and is an inspiration leader in the PT world and in his community! He has traveled to Israel to do a private physical therapy clinic internship, is involved in the SPTA: President 2018-2019, Vice President 2017- 2018, participated in student government: DPT Lead Representative 2016-2019, and his community service includes: Constraint Induced Movement Therapy at St. Charles Hospital and Lead Educator: Grand Getaways Camp for Special Needs Children.

 

Here is what Daniel had to say about what makes him passionate about PT: Throughout my life I have seen people suffer from injuries and chronic illness that have affected not just them, but their families. Their injuries affected their identity and they lost who they are. I noticed that with my own family and I noticed this with myself. Physical therapy gave my dad the confidence to pick me up on his shoulders again. It allowed my grandfather to walk after being shot 3 times in the back and it allowed me to get back to my active lifestyle when I thought all hope was lost. It saved us thousands of dollars avoiding surgeries that would have been unnecessary. My goal is to help people transform their pain into power.

 

Here is what Daniel had to say about his greatest achievement since starting PT school: During my first clinical rotation I had a patient who suffered a stroke. He lost who he was and his goal in life was to get back and take care of himself. He felt emotionally scarred not being able to use the facilities without help of support staff. During my 6 weeks with him he made giant strides to get back to that independence. He was able to ambulate and stand up for the first time in months. That difference made us cry. He felt human again and able to have his confidence back. 

 

 


 

March Student Highlight of the Month

 

 

Meet Kayla Stannard!

 The March NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

 


 

Meet Kayla Stannard! The March NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight. She is a SPT from Daemen College, Class of 2020, and has been making a difference in the PT world and is very involved in her community. She is a visionary and what she truly loves about PT is the human connection.

 

Here is what Kayla had to say about her greatest achievement since starting PT school: Right now, I am working on research with three classmates and a professor to determine the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in doctorate physical therapy students at Daemen College. This research is my greatest achievement because mental health is a major concern not only for our patients but for the healthcare practitioners as well. I feel that these programs are tough (which they should be) but adding on finances, jobs, extracurricular activities, exercise, proper dieting, and enough sleep is a lot for 20+ year old individuals to handle. If we as healthcare providers cannot find a way to take care of ourselves or use resources around us, how are we going to be able to help our patients?

 

Here is what Kayla had to say when asked about plans for after graduation: My dream would be to work with the Buffalo Bills, but I am a realist so I have a plan B and C. Plan B is to further my education by completing continuing education focusing on spinal and extremity pain utilizing different schools of thought, while working in an outpatient facility. Then after a couple of years I would like to do an orthopedic residency. Plan C is to do traveling PT for a couple of years to see how other states practice and learn new techniques that NY can't perform. The biggest way to impact physical therapy is to perform research, so we can practice with an evidence-based approach. With this evidence we as a profession can yield better patient outcomes.

 

More about Kayla: She is part of the Student Physical Therapy Association, Daemen College Rescue Squad, Sigma Omega Chi Sorority, and is a Teaching Assistant for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. She volunteers at an outpatient wound clinic for 1-2 hours a week, is the 2nd assistant chief of operations on the school’s rescue squad (EMT-B level) for a minimum 12 hours a week, and has done wonderful community service projects with her sorority; Ronald McDonald House, Kaely's Kindness, and Christmas Gifts for Roswell.   

 


February Student Highlight

 

Meet Anthony T. Ling!

 The February NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight

 

 

 

He is an SPT from Long Island University, Class of 2019, who possesses outstanding characteristics and has inspired others!

 

Here is what Anthony’s nominator had to say about him and his accomplishments:

Anthony T. Ling deserves the student highlight because he is a great example of time management and efficiency while pursuing his PT doctorate degree. Many incoming students and even upperclassmen, believe there isn't enough time to get involved in PT extracurricular activities or volunteer their time for community service once PT school has begun. However, Anthony has found unique opportunities to stay involved in his community all three years of his education by using mobile apps that facilitate community service. Using these apps, Anthony has been able to pick up trash in his community and even share job opportunities. This is all in addition to delivering food to the less fortunate and volunteering at the NYC Marathon every year. From Anthony, I have learned that there are selfless and easy ways to continue to stay involved without a huge time commitment and that the school/personal life balance is possible!

 


January Student Highlight

 

Meet Sherrill Williams!

 The January NYPTA SSIG Student Highlight.

 

 

 

 

She is an SPT from New York University, Class of 2020 who possesses outstanding characteristics and has inspired others!

 

Here is what Adriannah had to say about Sherrill and her accomplishments:

Sherrill is the epitome of inspiration. Since day one she was focused and motivated to learn more than what our program could offer and find mentors that could help her better facilitate her goals. Her ultimate goal of being a performing arts PT and one day opening up her own practice is always at the forefront and she tries every day to learn as much as she can so she can be the best PT for her future clients. Her positive go getter energy is infectious and she lights up a room wherever she goes. She inspires me on a daily basis to always seek out new opportunities for growth. One moment in particular was during this past CSM. I was informed that there was a mentorship mixer with the Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. However, when I got there I realized there was a fee to go to the mixer and I was surrounded by older white men. As a small Latina, I felt intimidated and was ready to just call it a night and leave. Then, all of a sudden, I heard Sherrill’s voice in my head telling me to take this opportunity because I needed to be in that room and meet people that would help me reach my goals. So that is what I did. I paid the fee, stood tall and proud and networked all night with amazing people that offered to help me out if I ever needed it. This one instance is of many, and I can only expect there will be more. Sherrill is a friend and a mentor and I wholeheartedly nominate her for SSIG’s Student Highlight.

 

 


 
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