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October 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 October Student Spotlight Shines on


Ryan Tekolste!






Anticipated Graduation Year: May 2020, Saint Louis University




Co-Race Director - Hustle for Your Health (2017, 2018)        

Organized the annual Hustle for Your Health 5K to raise money for the Cheryl Cavallo Scholarship, which offsets travel costs for students wishing to engage in PT related service trips. 


Co-President - SLU PTSA (2018)

Elected Co-President of SLU Physical Therapy Student Association, responsible for planning a myriad of learning, service, and social events throughout the year. 


White Coat Ceremony Student Speaker (2019)

Nominated and selected by the SLU Program in PT Faculty to address to the incoming first-year class.


Alpha Sigma Nu (2018)

Inducted into the Honors Society of Jesuit Colleges for embodying scholarship, loyalty, and service.


Presidential Scholarship (2014-2018)

Awarded the Presidential Scholarship at Saint Louis University while earning my B.S. in Exercise Science.




"I am honored to have been nominated by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy Faculty for the MPTA October Student Spotlight.  Their collective energy, passion, and prestige inspire and guide each of us students to be the best clinicians we can be.  I hope to emulate their standards of professionalism and expertise throughout my coming career." - Ryan










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