• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

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    Mora, MN

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
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Matthew Sanford Presentation

The Department of Physical Therapy at St. Scholastica recently had the opportunity to be a part of a powerful and moving presentation by Duluth native, Matthew Sanford. Matthew Sanford was a 13-year-old child in 1978 when his entire family was in a  car accident in Iowa coming home from Thanksgiving with relatives. Due to the severity of the crash, Matthew lost his older sister and his father. His mother and brother escaped with minor injuries, however Matthew severed his spinal cord at the T4-6 level leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. I picked up Matthew’s book from the student resource room in the Health Science Center a few days before his presentation and I couldn’t keep my nose out of it. The book is titled “Waking” and is a powerful memoir of the trauma and transcendence of Matthew’s story.

The presentation began with a short presentation from a representative from Courage Kenny followed by about a 45 minute presentation from Matthew. He discussed how we as health care providers need to focus on treating patients with disabilities as a whole person. Just because folks are termed “paralyzed” does not mean they need to forget about their paralyzed body. He went on to discuss the topic of adaptive yoga along with a few examples. I know I will not be able to do the topic justice so please go check out Mind Body Solutions, which was founded by Matthew.

The presentation was a beautiful and moving presentation that helped to put a lot of things in perspective, not only as a healthcare provider, but also as a person.


Matthew’s book titled “Waking” that I had him sign after the presentation. It reads, “For William and Paul and for all of you at St. Scholastica…thank you for caring for others….with gratitude, Matthew Sanford”.

My spot for the presentation by Matthew Sanford to the PT, OT, and faculty at CSS.

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