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June 2017 Student Spotlight
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"The Best way to predict your Future is to create it."


Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States 


The MPTA places tremendous value on our student members. The student members of today will become the future leaders of our organization. Our student members are truly creating their own future; at a very early stage in their careers they see the value in their profressional organization.


Each month the MPTA will place a spotlight on one of our tremendous student physical therapists or student physical therapist assistants. Please contact Sylvia Czuppon, MPTA Social Media Chair, if you would like to recommend a student for our Spotlight page.  


The June Student Spotlight Shines on


Monica Lee!!




MPTA would like to recognize Monica as the MPTA 2017 June Student Spotlight!   

Anticipated Graduation Year / School:

Doctor of Physical Therapy, December 2017 - Maryville University of St. Louis



  • Missouri Outstanding PT Student of the Year, MPTA (2017)
  • Maryville University Barat Scholarship Recipient (2011 – 2015)
  • Maryville University Bascom Honors Recipient (2014)
  • Kansas City Power and Light Scholarship Recipient (2011, 2012)
  • Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital Scholarship Recipient (2011)
    Dean's List Honors (12 semesters)


  • Student Investigator: Activity levels and length of stay in hospitalized patients with leukemia and lymphoma: a descriptive study. Maryville University of Saint Louis, College of Health Professions. Department of Physical Therapy. Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University of St. Louis. 2015-2017.
  • Successful defense of oral poster presentation at Maryville University. (April 2017)
  • Poster presentation at MPTA Spring Meeting, St. Louis, MO (2017).


Professional Organizations:

  • APTA Student Assembly Global Outreach Project Committee, Peer-selected member (2015-2016)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member (2014 – Present)
  • Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) Member (2014 – Present)



  • International Service Manual For Students: A guide for students considering international service (2016).



  • Founder, Evidence Based Practice Chapter (EBPC) of Maryville University (2015 – present)
  • Barnes-Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital Fall Prevention Screening (2015, 2016)
  • GO! St. Louis Marathon Volunteer (2012-2014)


My passion for physical therapy has grown tremendously throughout my time in DPT school at Maryville University. However, one experience really shines above the rest. In the summer of 2015 I traveled alone to Kathmandu, Nepal, to volunteer at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) of Nepal. My trip fell shortly after the country had been devastated by two massive earthquakes, and the SIRC was flooded with victims of the earthquakes who had suffered spinal cord injuries from buildings falling on top of them. During my time there I treated patients for cardiopulmonary PT, wound management, transfer and wheelchair training and much more. I assisted in earthquake relief efforts including reconstruction, trauma relief, and psychological management for traumatic SCI. My love for the PT profession grew throughout this time as I helped patients through this difficult time. Moving forward, I am very excited to continue working with populations such as this both domestically and abroad.

- Monica









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