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MPTA November 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 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 November Student Spotlight Shines on

Katherine Seidler!



The MPTA would like to recognize Katie for her academic achievements at Washington University and her enthusiastic involvement in the PT community.  Katie actively participates in the MPTA and has a passion to provide patients with both effective and enjoyable experiences.



Anticipated Graduation Year:


Doctor of Physical Therapy (May 2017)

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (May 2017)





- First-year Merit Scholarship (Fall 2013 – Spring 2014)- PT Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Susan Deusinger (Spring 2015)- TL1 Predoctoral Intensive Trainee, Clinical Research Training Center (Summer 2015 – Spring 2016)




Current project: Telemedicine & tango for Parkinson’s disease



I’m incredibly grateful to the faculty and staff at the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis for their outstanding instruction and unconditional support. A lifelong love of partnered dance was one of my strongest motivators for pursuing a career in physical therapy and it’s a privilege to be spending this year in the Locomotor Control Laboratory, contributing to the body of knowledge in our field while helping patients to find joy in shared movement. I’ve had opportunities to serve my classmates as a liaison to the MPTA, to attend APTA conferences, and to volunteer with a non-profit organization that creates therapeutic social dance classes for veterans and their families ( All of these experiences have me looking forward to connecting further with a community of passionate movement professionals, using research to develop and validate interventions that are both effective and enjoyable, and providing clinical care that allows patients to thrive. 

- Katie Seidler









September 2015

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