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October 2018 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 October Student Spotlight Shines on

Ebony Johnson!

Anticipated Graduation Year: 2019 University of Missouri-Columbia


Awards: 2018 Stacey Bragg Compassion Scholarship


Other Accomplishments:  Presenting a medical imaging case report on a child with femoral facial syndrome at the upcoming MPTA conference.  Currently I am spearheading a proposal for the installation of a "Legacy Garden".


(We have received the initial approval and now are in the beginning phases of getting bids, design layouts, meeting with several interested departments on campus, and brainstorming avenues for fundraising.  The vision for the therapy garden is to expand our current pro bono clinic, PhysZOU, in which we serve the uninsured and underinsured population.  PhysZOU was started by a previous MU PT student, and my vision is to create an expansion of that initial dream.  While we are able to serve many patients each year in our traditional clinic space, I feel as though our on-site courtyard is currently wasted potential.  With many of our patients having functional goals to return to activities such as gardening, hiking, and playing with their grandchildren, I believe we need an on-site, realistic space to facilitate reaching such goals.  PhysZOU for many patients has become a place of community and hope.  Many patients we serve have been denied, rejected and told they cannot, and will not achieve more.  I can relate to being on the receiving end of such negativity but thankfully, I have an amazing support system cheering me on.  In my heart, I believe we are the cheering section for many of our patients.  The beauty of our set up is not that we are "simply helping those less fortunate."  In my opinion, our patients take pride in contributing to our education.  My hope in creating this therapy garden is that I can share a bit of beauty with the patients that have shared their complex beauty with me, as an aspiring physical therapist.)  








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