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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 


Melissa Ferbert!!


The MPTA would like to recognize Melissa as the MPTA 2016 June Student Spotlight.  Melissa's philanthropic passion around the world is truly inspiring and we are extremely excited she has chosen to continue to help the world through the practice of Physical Therapy.  We welcome you to the Missouri PT Community!!
Anticipated Graduation Year:  Missouri Western State University Physical Therapy Program, 2017 
General Info:  
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education - Missouri State University
  • Certified Yoga, Pilates, and Aerobics instructor, 2004 - Present
  • Youth Entertainer for Norwegian Cruise Line, 2007 - Present


One of my biggest passions is serving the world. I have currently traveled to 62 countries with the cruise line and also with missionary/volunteer organizations. I've volunteered at schools, hospitals, orphanages, and villages around the world.  In 2014, I realized Physical Therapy is my calling while on a service trip to Tacloban, Philippines.  A typhoon had hit 6 months prior and had killed 60% of the people in the village I was working in. One 17 year old boy had obvious breaks in his arm that had never been tended to. He told me his story about how he was slammed against a tree, but was able to hold on for 24 hours before being rescued. Unfortunately, his family did not make it.  As I stood there talking to him, I realized that I am capable of doing so much more to help the world. I want to help people improve the quality of their lives, locally and globally. 

- Melissa










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