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 October is Nikia Chennault.
Name: Nikia Chennault
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Undergraduate degree and school: Biology, Old Dominion University and Master of Public Health, Eastern Virginia Medical School
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
I started my undergraduate career with the focus of going into some field of healthcare. After shadowing and volunteering in many different fields of healthcare I was still undecided. It was not until I was involved in a car accident and was injured that I realized how wonderful physical therapy was. I walked in the physical therapy clinic helpless, in pain, and unable to perform simple tasks or even go to work. In just a few short weeks the pain had lessened, and I became even stronger than I was prior to the accident. The care and understanding I received from my physical therapist was an eye opening experience, and thereafter, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy where I could improve the mobility and function of patients as well.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
The DPT program is truly amazing. Seeing my new family every morning and knowing we are working toward a common goal to improve the human experience through movement has been the best part of the program so far. The faculty and staff are very supportive and focused on student success.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I would like to work with patients with neuromuscular disorders and improve their health outcomes. I would also like to do research focusing on eliminating health disparities among under-served populations.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy watching documentaries, reading, and going to the gym.
What is your favorite quote?
See it Through (an excerpt) by Edgar Albert Guest
“…….Even hope may seem but futile, When with troubles you’re beset, But remember you are facing Just what other men have met. You may fail, but fall still fighting; Don’t give up, whate’er you do; Eyes front, head high to the finish. See it through!”