Name: Ryan Cruz
Pre-PT/soon to be SPT this July
"My goal after earning my doctorate in physical therapy is to work for a NBA team as their sole physical therapy consultant. Along with that I plan to own my own business and want the focus of that clinic to be sports related injuries. The reason I decided to become a physiomemes ambassador is I strongly believe that more light needs to be shed on what exactly physical therapist do. Along with that I stand behind the belief that physical therapy should be utilized as the primary prescription for pain relief rather than opioid drugs. Seeing Dr. Andrew Tran of physiomemes use his platform to advocate, spread knowledge, as well as humor made it a no brainer for me to join this team of fellow/future health care professionals."
Name: Andrew Gillihan
"A little background on me: I received my Bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a Behavioral emphasis from Boise State University. I currently attend Arkansas State University pursuing my DPT. I will graduate in Spring of 2022. I am NSCA CSCS as well as ACSM Exercise Physiologist and Exercise is Medicine Certified. My goal is to work with military/veteran personnel once I finish school and would love to get back to the West Coast after exploring more of the South and East Coast.
Why PT: I love moving. It’s amazing what the human body can accomplish when it wants to move. It can adapt and overcome so many different types of challenges with the right stresses and responses. But most of all, changing a person’s life and outlook on movement is huge. We live in a world where movement has slowly become obsolete and the world health statistics show that. I’d like to think that as a PT I can have a small part in reversing this trend for the better."
Name: Farimang Touray Jr
"I wanted to become a Physio Memes ambassador because I feel like there is a lot of potential for people to know about the greatness of physical therapy and how it can improve your quality of life. I felt like I needed to do my part to spread the profession that I truly believe can make a difference in everyone’s life. So that’s what I hope to do now as a student and a future physical therapist."
Instagram : @ftjr15
"Hi everyone! My name is Gabby and I'm a 2nd year PT student at High Point University. My why is centered around creating connections with others and treating my future patients to get them back to the activities they enjoy. After graduation, I plan to have my own Mobile PT practice treating individuals who have had a stroke and active adults. As current PT students, Sarah Falbo and I started GRADitude LLC to help SPTs get through PT school on their first try, debt-free! I became an ambassador to promote a positive message for the PT profession and create conversations from shirts like this one :) and ultimately, to #makelifehumerus"
" Hi my name is Gail and I am a SPT at Northeastern University in Boston! I am an olympic weightlifter, coach for Pre-PT Grind’s Accepted System, and a content manger for multiple small businesses. As a SPT my goal is to inspire and mentor other pre-PTs and SPTs by sharing my story and journey through my Youtube channel and Instagram. After being rejected from 15+ schools my first application cycle to being accepted into 3 programs the next cycle, I want to show people that anything is possible and to not give up! My goal as a future physical therapist is to work with injured athletes and guide them their road to recovery. This has been a passion of mine because I have always been an active person but have unfortunately needed multiple surgeries partly due to being highly active. I decided to become a Physiomemes Ambassador to shed more light on what physical therapy truly is and how we can make an impact on people’s lives no matter what our niche is."
Name : Jeff Denning
"What's up guys! I'm Jeff Denning, a soon-to-be 3rd year PT student! I'm stoked to be graduating (relatively) soon, and upon graduation I see myself venturing out and starting a micro practice within a CrossFit Box or on a golf course. I'm a Physio Memes Ambassador for a few reasons, but mostly I just want to increase the visibility of our profession. I want someone to know what I do when I say I'm a physical therapist and not just get an "Oh, cool." response. I want the phrase "Who's your PT?" to be as common as "Who's your doctor, dentist, accountant, mechanic?" And I want us to make some more damn money because I think we are grossly underpaid but extremely valuable. If more people know about us and demand our care, that should naturally occur over time. I see our profession transitioning to more a wellness/fitness-forward proactive approach rather than a strictly rehabilitative reactive approach, especially with the advent of telehealth and the rise of wearable technology and group fitness. I just want to be on the front end of that transition. "
Name: Karl Bourne
Karl Bourne is a current student of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and will graduate in 2021.
"I chose PT because I always found the human body fascinating. Along with that, I wanted to have the opportunity to become the first doctor in my family while doing something that I love. I found my motivation to come back to school back in 2016. This is when my great grandmother passed away. I felt like PT was right for me and since making that decision I haven’t regretted it one bit."
" I decided to become a Physiomemes ambassador because I wanted to be a part of this movement to spread awareness on physical therapy. Also, I wanted to align myself with some of the brightest and most talented individuals within the industry. I branded myself as a pre-PT through writing for several platforms and companies such as: Pre-PT Grind, The PT Hustle, and Covalent Careers. I look forward to seeing how I can further my brand and aspirations alongside the Physiomemes team! "
Name: Lindsay Durand
SPT, 2nd year
Lindsay received her B.S. in exercise science from Creighton University and is currently a second year physical therapy student at Washington University in St. Louis. Lindsay has wanted to be a physical therapist since she was in middle school and went through her own PT for competitive gymnastics injuries. In undergrad, Lindsay was actively involved in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, as well as conducted research for the Exercise Science program and the Physical Therapy program.
As a graduate student at WashU STL, Lindsay continues to conduct research on low back pain, serves on the digital media committee for the Journal of Women's Health PT, and is the marketing coordinator for the Global Women's Health Initiative. She also spent the summer of 2019 completing her first PT clinical experience with a non-profit organization, Hearts in Motion, in Zacapa, Guatemala.
Lindsay is passionate about women's and pelvic health and hopes to pursue her WCS (Women's Health Clinical Specialist) after graduation to help better serve women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Lindsay recognizes the importance of branding the physical therapy profession and wants to support the Physio Memes message to help people understand what physical therapy can do for them.
Name: Marissa Schiwitz
Background: Born & raised in central Virginia, my parents always encouraged individuality and stepping outside my comfort zone. As a result, I became involved in a variety of arts, athletics and amongst other things, developed a passion for holistic health, sport, and community. I received my Bachelors in Exercise Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. I moved to Austin, Tx in 2018 and currently a 2nd year DPT student at St. Augustine University.
Why PT?: I believe it begins and ends with great passion for the human experience. Over the years, I realized the more I learned about the body, the more I wanted to share that knowledge. I envision a world where people are empowered with the knowledge of their own bodies, take charge of their healing, move better to prevent injury and get back to doing all the things in life they love. Physical Therapy puts me in a perfect position to achieve my mission to provide others with the tools to take ownership of their health.
Why did I become a Physiomemes Ambassador?: I believe being an Ambassador for the Physiomemes Team is a great opportunity for societal engagement - to spread the word of what we do as Physical Therapists. Dr. Andrew Tran is really inspirational in his efforts for advocating PT to the public while also creating a rockstar community of unique individuals with similar passions. When we encourage individuality – the world works better. I’m so excited to work with, support, and learn from this awesome team.
Name : Ruben Cabrera
"I am a second year DPT student, soon becoming a third year going off to his clinicals. I was originally a pharmacy student but I switched because I loved the one-on-one interaction that PTs have with their patients and I love exercise and fitness. My end goal is to own my own hybrid gym/clinic and also be a social media influencer in the PT/fitness industry. I became an ambassador so that I could help generate a greater awareness for the PT profession and help people understand the value of being active."
Instagram : @rjtehninja
Clothing Brand: Eager Lifestyle
Personal Training Business: FitBySci
Name: Sarah Falbo
"Hi everyone! My name is Sarah and I'm a student physical therapist, triathlete, flutist and lover of the outdoors. After graduation, I plan to have my own mobile/telehealth PT practice for endurance athletes. As current PT students, Gabby Mace and I started GRADitude LLC-a podcast to help SPTs get through PT school on their first try, debt-free (and also an online course to walk you through it all!). I became an ambassador to promote a positive message for the PT profession and create conversations from shirts like this one :) and ultimately, to #makelifehumerus
Name: Valentine Ngo, SPT
"Hello friends! I am currently a second year student at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences at the San Marcos campus in California. I want to become a physical therapist for many reasons, but all my reasons relate back to one main point: I want to help people. Like many people in the field, I want to help promote physical activity and promote the profession itself. I’m excited to be on this journey towards receiving my Doctorate of Physical Therapy and hope to make a positive difference in my local community and in the physical therapy community. I became a Physio Memes Ambassador because I know Andrew shares the same values and vision for the profession as I, and other ambassadors, do. "
Name: Dr. Alyssa Arms
PT, DPT, OCS
" When I graduated, I had NO IDEA of what I wanted to do - everything sounded interesting. Through my career, I've have both full-time and PRN jobs. I've worked in acute care and outpatient, with a few other settings sprinkled in. I am now a private practice owners and an instructor in the University of Colorado's DPT program. Throughout all of these changes and roles, I have learned how passionate I still am about the profession, as well as how many people still don't understand our training, what we do, and how much of an impact we can have on the world around us. So what better way to spread the love than becoming a PhysioMemes ambassador!?! "
Name: Matt Villegas
New Grad PT
"Hello. I am Matt from the SF Bay Area. I am a new grad PT currently working in home health with plans to do Mobile Peds PT. I enjoy hiking, playing piano/guitar, escape rooms, and trying new things!"
Name: Tarik Smith
"I was introduced to the Physical Therapy profession in high school. I was a high school athlete that obtain a shoulder injury in game. I was treated by other health care professions first and did not have success with their treatment. It was the Physical Therapist who fixed me in time for basketball season. After I graduated college, I was a performance trainer. I trained high school, college, and professional athletes to reach their maximal performance. I felt like I could do more to understand how the body work, help athletes prevent injury and recover fast after injury. I decided to look up the job description for a Physical Therapist. I had success with it in high school so I thought it would be a cool job to have. I applied to many schools and was put on the wait list. I decided to apply to PTA school and was accepted. I graduated with my AA and began to practice as a PTA. I did not want to give up on my pursuit of becoming a PT. I decided to apply to PT school one last time and was accepted. I graduated from University of St. Augustine in 2018. In 2019 I became a Certified Postural Neurologist, and a Certified Health Coach. My goal is to help patients and clients prevent unnecessary surgery, and/or medical cost through preventative medicine. I would also like to help patient better understand their insurance and how to maximize their benefits. I decided to become an ambassador to learn how brand myself better, improve my communication, and help promote the profession of PT. Everyone continues to think of PT as a secondary profession when it comes to certain injuries. They do not fully understand that we are a profession, maybe the only profession other than OT, that teaches them how to be self-efficient and prevent injury."
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