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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 May Student Spotlight Shines on 

Dylan Callier!




Anticipated Graduation Year:

December, 2016 - Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Maryville University of St. Louis



Assessing the EMG Activity of the Medial and Lateral Gastrocnemius Muscle in a Toe-in and Toe-out Position in Prone and Standing.

·      Poster defense at the MPTA 2016 Spring Conference


An Exploration of Learner-Centered Teaching and the Impact on Physical Therapy Students Teaching a High School Anatomy Summer Program

·      Poster defense at the international 2015 Experimental Biology Conference

·      Oral Presentation at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Maryville University

·      Primary Investigator


A Study of the Origin, Length, and Prevalence of the Meniscofemoral Ligaments in Comparison to the Cruciate Ligaments

·      Poster defense at the international 2013 Experimental Biology Conference

·      Primary Investigator


Other Accomplishments:


·      Co-Founder of the Evidence Based Practice Chapter at Maryville University

·      Co-President of the Maryville University Physical Therapy Club

·      APTA Student Assembly Professional Advocacy Joint Committee Member


Community Service:

·      Organize volunteer groups through the Physical Therapy Club for the Missouri Special Olympics, GO! St. Louis Marathon, Stampede for Stroke, and many others.

·      Fall Prevention Screenings at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

·      Maryville Reaches Out, 2010-2015

·      Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA), 2014


Work Experience:


Maryville Biology Department’s Gross Anatomy Graduate Assistant, 2015-2016

Athletico Physical Therapy Technician, 2012-2016

Maryville Physical Therapy Program’s Kinesiology Tutor, 2014-2015




Coordinated the National Advocacy Dinner: St. Louis, 2016

Directed the Body Basics Summer Institute at Maryville University, 2013-2014




·      Missouri Physical Therapy Association Outstanding Student Award Nominee, 2016

·      Maryville University Dean of Student Life Award Nominee, 2016

·      Maryville University Outstanding Community Volunteer Award Nominee, 2016


My message to other students:


Being involved is simple. When you have passion, you dive in head first. Being creative is the hard part. Find the link between your passion and your vocation. Luckily, physical therapy is the most versatile profession for a broad range of interests.  


Make your own opportunities. Take advantage of the doors that open. However, do not rely on these handed chances. A mistake I made as an early student was to wait for an opportunity. Be a leader. If there is a position you want, run for it. If there is a group you want to be a part of, join. More importantly, if there is a group you want but does not exist, create it. It will take time. It will take effort. But you have passion on your side. It is not a chore to stay up late at night doing something you enjoy. Waking early becomes easier working with those that relate to you. Your involvement within the MPTA, within the community, within physical therapy, is not a commitment. It is an investment to the future you and your beliefs.

Twitter: @dylancallier





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