Alyssa McMinn, SPT

by | June 21, 2021

Education

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy Candidate, Arcadia University
  • Bachelors in Athletic Training, Messiah College

 
Treatment Areas of Interest/ Specialties

I enjoy working with a variety of patients and would like to gain experience with many different diagnoses throughout this clinical. With my background in athletic training, most of my experience is working with athletes that are returning to sport which is what I am most passionate about. I am also very interested in working with the general population dealing with orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries, specifically the lower extremity.

Why I want to be a Physical Therapist

Growing up, I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career where I would be able to help others, and work directly with people. In high school, I took some anatomy and bio-sports medicine classes that sparked my interest in the human body and injury. I chose to study athletic training in college but quickly found that I wanted to learn more about the recovery process and rehabilitation following injuries. Physical therapy has since been a natural fit, and I am excited to have the opportunity to apply all that I have learned over the years to help people return to what they love to do.

What do you feel are the most important qualities in a physical therapist

I believe that some of the most important qualities for a physical therapist to have are compassion, empathy, discipline, and adaptability. Compassion and empathy are invaluable traits and ensure a quality connection with patients. Discipline ensures that you stay up to date on best available research and give the highest quality of care. Lastly, adaptability allows you to flex to what the patient needs most on any given day.

Personal Interests/ hobbies

I enjoy spending time with friends whether that be game nights, grabbing dinner, or watching movies. I also did track and field through college so I enjoy lifting and working out as well as throwing discus when I have the chance. I love spending time outdoors and being active whether that be hiking or walking on the beach.