October 2011: Katelyn Hornby

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

Learn how our DPT students are Going Above and Beyond.

Name: Katelyn HornbyKatelyn Hornby

Hometown: Williamsburg, Va.

Undergraduate degree and school: Exercise, Sport, and Health Education with a Concentration in Sports Medicine at Radford University

What her professor says: "Katelyn participates in class discussions and seeks opportunities to help other students. She is professional while maintaining a good sense of humor and a lively personality."

-- W. Allen Moore, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor

What sparked your interest in physical therapy? While growing up, I always had an interest in sports and the human body. My brother always played baseball growing up and his dream was to continue playing through college. That dream came to a standstill when he was diagnosed with a labral tear and had to have surgery. Our family wasn't sure what to expect or if he was going to be able to play again. With each physical therapy session he had we could see more and more improvement until he was back on the field playing again!

What's the most exciting part of the DPT program? One of the most exciting parts of the program so far is being able to integrate what I have seen out in the field with what we are learning in the classroom and finally understanding the "why?" of it. It's nice to be able to see all of the pieces coming together.

What do you hope to do with your degree? I hope to influence the lives of patients through treatment and prevention in their daily lives. I have seen the change physical therapy can make in someone's life, and I want to be a part of helping that change.

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, boating, wakeboarding, fishing, and professional sporting events.

What is your favorite quote? One of my favorite quotes is from the Serenity Prayer. I try to think about this with the different things life throws at me.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr