Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA has selected Marsay Wheeler as the Student of the Month for October.
Name: Juliette Beristain
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
Undergraduate degree and school: BS in Exercise Science, Old Dominion University
What the faculty are saying about her:
“As a student Juliette is marked by curiosity and persistence. It is obvious to the faculty that she desires to learn deeply, to move beyond memorization. This is demonstrated by her willingness to admit when she doesn’t know something and enters into the vulnerability of real learning. She regularly asks questions in class to this end.
But she also has vision beyond the classroom. She regularly participates in the exercise sessions for community members who have Parkinson Disease where her enthusiasm and genuine interest shine. She is making an impact in the classroom and community!”
-Dr. Sue Curfman
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
I have always known I wanted to be in the medical field. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that my family always made sure I was involved in sports. As an athlete, I witnessed how physical therapy allowed me to return to what I loved doing even after sustaining multiple injuries. I absolutely love being able to see patients progress and to accomplish things they didn’t think they could.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
We are offered incredible opportunities to work with patients. I am part of the LCCHC and also volunteer in the Parkinson’s disease exercise group, and even as a first year student I have been able to learn a lot from this. I enjoy being able to interact with patients and apply what we learn in class.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I am very interested in both acute care and orthopedics.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy hiking, traveling and anything that involves being in the water.
What is your favorite quote?
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt