October 2012: Jeff Taylor Jr.
Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students' success and wants to highlight students for their efforts! MFA selected Jeffrey Taylor as the Student of the Month for October.
Name: Jeff Taylor, Jr.
Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia
Undergraduate degree and school: Exercise Physiology at Lynchburg College
What his professors are saying about him:
"Leadership has been described as 'a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.' Jeff Taylor has excelled in bringing this definition of leadership into reality for the LC DPT 2015 Cohort. Jeff has worked diligently to build camaraderie amongst his classmates, to encourage their accomplishments and triumphs, and to turn weaknesses into strengths. Jeff fosters in his classmates the ideals of teamwork, collaboration, and self-initiative. These strengths are an asset to our program, will serve Jeff well as a physical therapist, and will no doubt contribute to the advancement of the profession of physical therapy." - Sara Knox, PT, DPT, GCS, Assistant Professor
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
My father was an athletic trainer and growing up I was always around the rehabilitation of athletes. I am also a people person and becoming a physical therapist will not only allow me to help people regain independence in their own lives, but also gain relationships with all types of people.
What's the most exciting part of the DPT program?
If I had to pick my favorite class, I would say Neuroanatomy. But I really enjoy the close relationships that our classmates, Class of 2015, share with each other. We all help one another get through all the tough times whether it deals with school or situations dealing with our personal lives. We are all one big family.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
After I finish school I would like to get into sports physical therapy, specializing my practice on the knee and spine, and eventually work with professional athletes.
What are some of your hobbies?
Any physical activity that will push my body to or past its limits (after starting PT school and really getting in depth with the human body, I'm amazed at how complex and fascinating the body is and can be). I also enjoy just spending time with my friends and family.
What is your favorite quote?
I actually have a couple. "Believe you can and you're halfway there," Teddy Roosevelt, and "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion," Muhammad Ali.
Anything else that you’d like to share (i.e. something unique)?
I have been skydiving twice and before PT school I played a year of professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. I also have been tattooed 10 times, but they are all covered so you would never know.