February 2012: Betsy Alter

Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students' success and wants to highlight students for their efforts! MFA has selected Betsy Alter as the Student of the Month for February.

Name: Betsy AlterBetsy Alter

Hometown: Centreville, Virginia

Undergraduate degree and school: Exercise Science - Motor Development, University of South Carolina

What her professor says: "Betsy has shown her leadership ability by her dedicated service to others. She has vaulted to new heights in the program and continues to be a positive force in the classroom and among her peers. She takes initiative in anatomy lab, and consistently works with the undergraduate side to help their understanding of anatomy. Her enthusiasm for the program is contagious!"

- Lee Ann Eagler, PT, DPT, GCS, CLT
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

What sparked your interest in physical therapy? My Mom was an Occupational Therapist, so from a young age I was exposed to the health care profession. When I was 8 years old, I first had PT and that is when I knew that I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. Ever since then my interest in the profession has grown and I can't wait to be an actual PT!

What's the most exciting part of the DPT program? The cadaver lab, of course. I was excited from day one to have the opportunity to dissect. I still enjoy going into the lab to show off my dissection or helping the undergraduates dissect their cadavers. It was a great experience and really helped to enforce what we are learning in the classroom.

What do you hope to do with your degree? So far I am leaning towards orthopeadics because that is what I have the most exposure to, and the musculoskeletal system is my favorite. However, I am keeping my options open and am excited to gain experience in a variety of settings.

What are some of your hobbies? I love spending time with my friends at the pool, doing crafts to decorate my apartment with, sewing, shopping, cheering on my Carolina Gamecocks and playing sports/working out.

What is your favorite quote? "Live the life you love, Love the life you live," "Life is about using the whole box of crayons," and "Normal is a range" - Dr. Elam, Kinesiology.

Something unique about Betsy: I have always loved being an athlete. I did gymnastics for 16 years and pole vaulted in high school and my first two years of college. I also love sunglasses; I have 28 pairs.