Medical Facilities of America (MFA) is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. The MFA Student Standout for the month of August is Amanda Reeder.
Name: Amanda Reeder
Hometown: Medford, New Jersey
Undergraduate degree and school: Kinesiology, James Madison University
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
My first exposure to physical therapy was as an injured athlete — I spent a few years trying to rehabilitate some chronic pain that I had developed from years of gymnastics. Although physical therapy did not get me back to competition level like I hoped, it did get me excited about becoming a PT in the future.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
I have really enjoyed getting to know my classmates and it is awesome to be surrounded by so many people all trying to achieve the same things that you are. The program is definitely difficult, so having people to support you is essential.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
On the first day of orientation, all the faculty stood up and admitted that the specialty they were considering when they started PT school is not where they ended up. I have only finished my first semester of school, so I am approaching specialties with an open mind. But for now, I am interested in pursuing industrial physical therapy, working with veterans, or opening a specialty clinic for gymnasts.
What are some of your hobbies?
I really enjoy reading and cooking, although I can’t read “fun books” during the semester or I would never get anything accomplished.
What is your favorite quote?
“Be afraid! And then do it anyway.” – Susan Jeffers