MPTA Lobby Day

Jefferson City, MO

6th year students and faculty members attended the MPTA (Missouri Physical Therapy Association) Lobby Day in Jefferson City.

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Kacy Blumenstock Thorton Receives 2011 Young Alumni Award

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


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