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August 2018 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 professional 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 August Student Spotlight Shines on


Christina Vivit!!





MPTA would like to recognize Christina as the MPTA 2018 August Student Spotlight!   

Anticipated Graduation Year:



Saint Louis University



Community Engaged Scholarship 2017 Presidential Workshop Series and Small Grant Program: A Step Up to Preventative Care for Ladies and Babies at Our Lady’s Inn”


APTA Section on Women’s Health 2018 CSM Student Scholarship



“A step up to preventative care for mothers and babies”

            Principal investigator

            Saint Louis University


“A pilot study investigating feasibility of partner involvement in physical therapy for patients with chronic pelvic pain”

            Study administrator and research team member

            SSM St. Mary’s Hospital Ob/Gyn – Department of Urogynecology


 Thank you for thinking of me for the MPTA student spotlight! With a full heart, I would like to express gratitude for those that have been a constant source of light and empowerment to myself: Women from my grant program, classmates, teachers, mentors, community partners, and most importantly my family. Throughout school, community health has been a growing passion of mine. I enjoy working with community partners to provide health education within the immigrant and refugee community of St. Louis, running feminine hygiene product drives for local women in need, doing research to navigate perceived versus self-identified barriers to living healthy, and serving as a board member for St. Louis’ Vitendo4Africa. It is not a mere act of what can I bring to the community but rather how can I better understand my own community and explore ways to empower each other through taking time, listening, overcoming barriers, promoting healthy behaviors, and using health education to provide equal opportunity over taking care of one’s health. I recognize that individuals do not have unlimited access to healthcare services; therefore, I believe community-centered education and collaboration can be one of the most powerful yet simple contributions to reaching sustainable and autonomous health as a community.

- Christina







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