Posts Tagged ‘Spring Semester’

Reflections on Spring Semester: The Highlights

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

“Nothing is as sweet as trouble that’s past.” Here are some highlights from the past semester and I am hoping to elaborate on one or more of these in the following days. (more…)

DPT NSEM II Orthotics Presentation

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The past two weeks in my Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management II (NSEM II) course we have been discussing the use of orthotics. Erin O’Hearn-L’Allier, an orthotist at Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics in Duluth, MN gave a two-day presentation on adult orthotics. She did a fantastic job going through the purposes of different orthotics, the evaluation and assessment of someone who needs an orthotic, the types of orthotics commonly used, the fabrication and fitting process along with much more. We were even fortunate enough to have a previous patient of Erin’s, who suffered a stroke over 5 years ago, come in and demonstrate the use of her ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) and Walk-Aid. The AFO that this woman uses on uneven surfaces and when she hikes to assist her throughout the swing phase of gait by providing a hard/rigid carbon fiber surface that is inserted below the sole of the shoe in order to keep the toes from dragging on the ground/getting caught up. The Walk-Aid, on the other hand, is a device that she likes to use when on flat surfaces, out in the yard, or barefoot, which sends electrical stimulation along the Peroneal nerve to initiate dorsiflexion in the foot bring the foot up whenever the knee bends (i.e. during the swing phase of gait to allow for foot clearance).


My Roommate is Back!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

My roommate is from Honduras and decided to spend a little longer back home before coming back to school. The new apartment has been empty and silent without her… But now she’s back! All we’ve been doing is catching up when I’m not prepping or sleeping. I’m so excited. She’s my closest person at  school and now all is right in the world *music plays* Now this weekend we can catch up and go take on Duluth!

Physical Therapy 2nd Year Spring Semester Classes

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Beginning January 17, I will officially begin my final semester of “in-class” coursework in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the College of St. Scholastica. It is a 3-year, 108 credit program, with the last year consisting of three 8-12 week internships. I already completed one 8 week internship in Fargo, ND at Sanford Medical Center and am set up to be in Vadnais Heights, MN at Viverant (July-Sept) and in Phoenix, AZ at Touchstone Rehabilitation (Sept-Nov), and one more unknown location in a rural setting. I am very excited about what is to come, but first I have to get through the spring semester that will include courses such as:


Brace Yourselves -Class Registration Is Coming!

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

We are almost at that time when almost the entire school will be staying up late to register for classes over the course of a week. It starts with seniors (seniority?), then juniors, followed by sophomores with the freshmen trailing after everyone! Talking about classes, have you ever been told to pick ‘fun’ classes during course registration? In case you didn’t know, ‘fun classes’ are classes that fall under the subject(s) you enjoy most. They do not have to be less work, rather they should be enjoyable work. This is my mindset as Spring course registration approaches. Most students too, I believe, are already thinking ahead and planning for the next semester.