Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA has selected Laura Thomas as the Student of the Month for October.
Name: Laura Thomas
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
Undergraduate degree and school: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Health Care Delivery, Roanoke College
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
I always knew I wanted to work in the health care field and throughout college I shadowed various professions; however, it was not until after I graduated, got married, ad moved to North Carolina that I shadowed a physical therapist. From that point on, I realized that PT is what I wanted to do. I really enjoy the patient interaction and feel a great sense of accomplishment in knowing that I play a role in getting that person back to where they want to be. My desire to become a physical therapist was only further solidified when I had to go to physical therapy for a few minor injuries I had acquired from running in different obstacle races and got to experience first-hand the (sometimes painful) magic that is physical therapy.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
The faculty here is incredible. I feel that I can approach any of the professors with a question and they would all be more than willing to help me find the answer. It’s really nice knowing they are all rooting for you and want you to succeed. I also have to say that the 2018 Cohort is filled with awesome, hardworking people and I am so thankful that I get to experience this journey with them.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I love that physical therapy is so versatile and that there are so many different settings to work in. Right now I am interested in several areas, including women’s health, inpatient rehab, occupational rehab, and orthotics and prosthetics.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, reading (for leisure), visiting family and friends, baking, hiking, traveling, learning calligraphy and crafting.
What is your favorite quote?
“All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.” – Anonymous
“To thrive in life you need three bones. A wishbone. A backbone. And a funny bone.” – Reba McEntire
Anything else that you’d like to share?
I had to save an individual once when I was a lifeguard after they did a trick off the diving board and hit their head on the side of the pool and blacked out.