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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 September Student Spotlight Shines on

Cara Carrington!





The MPTA would like to recognize Cara for her outstanding performance in the classroom as well as her interests and involvement in the community.  Not only has she excelled academically in the Physical Therapy Program at Southwest Baptist University, she has represented Missouri PT’s around the world through her philanthropy.  Cara is an active member of the Southern Hills Baptist Church in Bolivar, Missouri and was a Relay for Life Co-Team Leader in 2014 and 2015.  She is interested in a variety of PT settings including pelvic health, pediatrics, and neuro rehab.



Anticipated Graduation Year:


May 2016



- Graduated Cum Laude from Ouachita Baptist University in May 2012 with a BS in Biology.- President’s List- Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012Dean’s List- Fall 2010Hannah Joy Sullivan Scholarship- Spring 2010



"Does the use of vaginal exercise weights increase the function of the pelvic floor musculature to relieve symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in women? A Systematic Review."

Cara Carrington, Jesse Divaker, Heather Plunkett, Emily Walentynowicz.



Cara (McKinney) Carrington, Nolan West, Vicki Bennett, Dr. Lori Hensley

“Effects on Ajulemic Acid on Tumor Cell Viability and Metastatic Potential in the Ewing’s Sarcoma Family of Cancers.”

Posters on the Hill- Counsel of Undergraduate Research

Washington, D.C.

April 2012



Other Accomplishments:

- Student Leadership Advisory Committee (Elected by classmates) (2014-2015, 2015-2016)- Vice President of SBU's Student Physical Therapy Association (2014-2015).- Faculty Associate (Teaching Assistant) to 1st year physical therapy class at SBU (2014-2015).



- Went on a mission trip to Peru in November with SBU Global Health.- Plan to take another mission trip to Haiti in January of 2016 with SBU Global Health.





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