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June 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 June Student Spotlight Shines on

Alex Henderson!



Anticipated Graduation: May 2020 from Washington University in St. Louis



-USF Scholars Award, University of South Florida (2013) - awarded to excellent high school graduates with minimum GPA and standardized test requirements

-Merit Scholarship, WUSTL Program in Physical Therapy (2017) - awarded to first year Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Washington University in St. Louis based upon application rating.

-Timothy Burnight Scholarship, WUSTL Program in Physical Therapy (2017) - awarded to first year Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Washington University St. Louis in recognition of undergraduate academic achievement.

-Susan & Robert Deusinger Scholarship, WUSTL Program in Physical Therapy (2018) - awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional and enduring leadership in the classroom, clinic and/or community while a DPT student at Washington University.

-National Conference Essay Scholarship, Missouri Student Special Interests Group (2018) - awarded to a DPT/PTA student in the state of Missouri who submitted an application and essay explaining why they wanted to attend an APTA national conference.


Other Accomplishments:

-Graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of South Florida in May 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Health Sciences

-MSSIG Student Representative for WUSTL - inform WUPT students about current MSSIG, MPTA, and APTA events, initiatives, and opportunities

-Attended 2019 APTA Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.

-Will be attending 2019 APTA NEXT Conference in Chicago, IL

-Planning on attending 2019 APTA National Student Conclave in Albuquerque, NM & 2020 APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, CO during my 3rd year


Other Information

-I enjoy...the great outdoors (hiking/kayaking mostly), music, college basketball, exotic cheeses, playing guitar (mediocrely), visiting breweries/wineries, and conversations with people with open minds

-Still not sure where I want to end up in the PT world but I enjoy orthopedics, advocacy efforts, attending APTA conferences, and the teaching component of PT








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