Medical Facilities of America is dedicated to our students’ success and wants to highlight students for their efforts. MFA selected Morgan Horne as the Student of the Month for September.
Name: Morgan Horne
Hometown: Forest, Virginia
Undergraduate degree and school: BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Liberty University
What the faculty are saying about her?
“Morgan demonstrates so many qualities that make her a great student and will make her an amazing physical therapist! Morgan demonstrates professionalism and initiation. As a graduate assistant, she has jumped right in seamlessly. She has taken initiative to further her knowledge in pelvic health physical therapy by requesting to observe in the LC pelvic health clinic. In class, she is always actively engaged and is eager to learn and apply new concepts. Her positive attitude is such a strong contribution to her class. Morgan is not afraid to reach out and seek help when she does not understand a concept. We are so proud of Morgan, her leadership and professional example.”
— Dr. Lori Mize, Assistant Professor
What sparked your interest in physical therapy?
I have always known that I wanted to do something in the medical field through my interest in science and the human body, but I wasn’t exactly sure which field. I was introduced to physical therapy in the 5th grade when I went with my friend and her dad, who was a physical therapist, to observe his work environment. Even at this young age, physical therapy started to interest me. I shadowed different specialties of physical therapy and various health professions throughout high school and college. It was when I observed a pediatric physical therapist that assured me physical therapy was the direction I wanted to take.
What’s the most exciting part of the DPT program?
I absolutely love my cohort and the fact that we are all working together to achieve the same goal. The faculty are also amazing, and it is evident that they not only want us to succeed, but be exceptional physical therapists. I am very excited to participate in the study abroad trips and service learning trips in order to expand my knowledge and use my skills to help other people. I am also privileged to be a part of the University of Lynchburg Community Health Clinic, where I can practice the knowledge and skills I am learning in classes, learn from older cohorts, and help patients that need the services that I can provide.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I am very interested in pediatric physical therapy, especially early intervention. I love seeing the power that physical therapy can have on young children or infants that may be told they will never walk, and physical therapy services help them to prove everyone wrong when they take that first step! However, as I learn more about physical therapy, I am learning that there are numerous possibilities and opportunities to treat all different populations. I am also interested in pelvic health physical therapy and neuromuscular physical therapy, and I plan to keep my options open in order to see where God is calling me.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy playing and coaching volleyball, watching Hokie football, hanging out with my friends and family, and playing with my dog.
What is your favorite quote?
Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”
Proverbs 3:4-5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Anything else that you’d like to share?
I have an adorable goldendoodle named Sully, and I am obsessed with him!