MPTA LOBBY DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Jefferson City, MO
6th year students and faculty members attended the MPTA (Missouri Physical Therapy Association) Lobby Day in Jefferson City.
The Young Alumni Award is presented to a Maryville graduate who brings distinction to themself, their profession, their community and their alma mater. This year, Kacy Blumenstock Thorton, a physical therapist from the Class of 2005, was recognized:
- For … having the confidence and wherewithal to pursue her profession in remote areas of the world;
- For … serving as a leader on campus while earning her Masters degree in Physical Therapy.
- For … traveling to Zimbabwe on a church group mission, a journey that ultimately reignited her passion for travel and opened her eyes to a global need for physical therapy—and by answering that need.
- For … choosing to manage a pediatric clinic in a rural village in the Middle East, where—for two years—she also provided in-home treatment and education classes for families and learned Arabic along the way;
- For … continuing to think critically, doing good works in the communities of the world, being a lifelong learner and worldwide explorer, and … no matter how great the distance, for keeping in touch with her Maryville friends, however far away they (we!) may be.
|From left to right: Dr. Charles Gulas, Dean of the School of Health Professions; Kacy Blumenstock Thorton, recipient of the 2011 Young Alumni Award; Dr. Michelle Unterberg, Director of the Physical Therapy Program; and Dr. Sandy Ross, Physical Therapy Program Coordinator of Research