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August 2019 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 Jessica Gronewold, MPTA Social Media Chair, if you would like to recommend a student for our Spotlight page.  


The August Student Spotlight Shines on

Mariah Cairer!








Anticipated Graduation Year: 2020 from the University of Missouri


-2019 Christopher Griffith Memorial Scholarship- “Given in memory of Chris Griffith, Class of 1976, to a student who is constructive and supportive in interactions with classmates; possesses high ideas manifested in action; is generous with the student’s own time and talent; upholds human dignity in all relationships; and is a determined, enduring, and serious learner.”

-2019 P.E.O. Chapter IP Scholarship

-2018 MUPT Departmental Scholarship

-2017, 2018 Research Foundation of Kansas City DPT Scholarship


-Research Assistant: “Effects of High-Speed Power Training on Balance Recovery During a Forward Fall in Older Adults”-Dr. Stephen Sayers

-Research Assistant: “Perception of Walking Pole Use among Individuals with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Qualitative Study”: Abstract under review-Dr. Evan Prost


Other Accomplishments:

-Graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a BHS in Health Science and Minor in Art History and Archaeology

-Co-Director of the CoMo Adapted Triathlon, which provides kids with disabilities the opportunity to swim, bike, and run with their friends with the help of adapted equipment and volunteers from the community

-Participate in PhysZOU, the University of Missouri’s pro bono PT clinic

-Volunteer for Mizzou Steps- A program at a local aging-in-place facility with the motto “Stronger Legs, Better Balance”

Any other information you’d like us to include on the Student Spotlight page:

-I have a passion for missions and have had the privilege of making four trips to Montrouis, Haiti to serve in medical clinics in rural, hard-to-reach areas. It is easy to become caught up in school and chasing an ideal career, but that is not all we are called to as physical therapists. Service is such a huge component of physical therapy and I feel that it is my responsibility to not only provide the best possible care for my community, but also to communities in need such as Montrouis, Haiti.










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