Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA selected Tyler Gardner as the Student of the Month for November.
Name: Tyler Gardner
Hometown: Renton, Washington
Undergraduate degree and school: Kinesiology, Western Washington University
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
When I was two I had brain surgery, and as a young child I had to spend a long time in physical therapy to make sure I was able to grow up with full motor control. I have always wanted to be in the medical field because my life we improved so much by what was done for me but I was not sure that I wanted to be a physical therapist until my first internship. I really valued the time that PTs were able to spend with their patients and the relationships they built. Before that internship I wanted to become a physician but it felt like I could do more good for people in this profession as you work so closely with the patient population. .
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
I am always excited to work in the University of Lynchburg Community Health Clinic because I love patient interaction. One of the reasons I chose the LC DPT program was the opportunity to learn in the clinic and build my professional skills. I feel pretty lucky that the LCCHC was the student professional involvement group I was placed in.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
After graduation I would love to work with The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives back in the northwest. I also have always been interested in sports so working in a sports focused outpatient orthopedic or aquatic setting is something I could see myself doing.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy playing sports, lifting weights, cooking, playing the trading card game Magic: The Gathering, and sleeping. Currently I am also spending a fair amount of my free time trying to learn new languages as well as how to play the piano.
What is your favorite quote?
“The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
Anything else you’d like to share?
It has been a tough transition moving across the country from everyone I have ever known to chase my dream of becoming a physical therapist. This experience would not have been possible for me without the love and support of family; my mother Susan who with my uncle Scott and grandpa James raised me to be who I am today as well as my girlfriend Chloe who has emotionally supported me through this journey. My time at LC has reinforced the importance of family and bolstered my passion to care for others as my family has cared for me.