Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA selected Erin Gray as the Student of the Month for August.
Name: Erin Gray
Hometown: Sneads Ferry, N.C.
Undergraduate degree and school: Pfeiffer University, Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, 2012
What the faculty are saying about her:
“The first semester of PT school has a way of bringing out the very best in an individual. A student can choose to be dismayed by the breadth and pace of Gross Anatomy or, instead, a student can look herself in the mirror and say, ‘This is tough, but this is exactly what I’m meant to do. I’ve got this.’ University of Lynchburg students have always had a knack for rising to challenges, excelling under pressure, and even more, for making it all look like it’s most fun they’ve ever had. This has never been truer than with our current student of the month, Erin Gray.
Erin is an absolute pleasure to teach. In class, she is focused, attentive, and actively engaged in either the lecture or dissection. Within her Anatomy group, she has helped to foster a positive and encouraging atmosphere that has benefited all around her. Outside of class, Erin is not afraid to take risks, to admit what she doesn’t know, and to ask thoughtful questions. Through it all, Erin’s smile is ever-present, and she is quick to offer a cheerful ‘please’ or ‘thank you.’ It is clear that Erin simply love to learn and that she is doing exactly what she was meant to do. The LC DPT Class of 2019 is filled with standout students, and Erin exemplifies the best of her class. I look forward to watching Erin continue to grow as a student, leader, and future physical therapist!”
– Dr. Price Blair, Assistant Professor
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
I became interested in Physical Therapy after several minor injuries I experienced while playing collegiate volleyball. I also really enjoy helping others! After working in a Physical Therapy clinic for three years and seeing the life changing progress that was made with a lot of our patients I knew pursuing a career in Physical Therapy was the right thing for me.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
The faculty is hands down amazing. Each and every faculty member truly wants each student to succeed and goes out of their way to answer your questions or listen to your concerns. I could not imagine going through this difficult journey without each and every one of them! Also my lab group (Group 1) , has been absolutely wonderful to work with throughout our semester in the cadaver lab. They have made it fun and enjoyable while also fostering a great learning environment.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
Currently I am interested in several areas of practice including Orthopedics and have an interest in Women’s Health, specifically working with female athletes. Considering my background I would love to work with the athletic population but I also enjoy working with geriatrics.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love to workout and lift weights, play volleyball, go to the beach, fish and do anything outside.
What is your favorite quote?
“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” – Venus Williams
Anything else that you’d like to share?
I love to coach volleyball! I have coached at the high school and club level since I graduated from undergrad in 2012.