Kim Koran Class of 2010:
I am pleased to share with you that I have passed the NPTE! I am proud to say I am officially licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Ohio. Also, I have accepted an outpatient position with Summa at the Wellness Institute in Hudson. This position offers a wide variety in patient caseload (neuro, ortho, and aquatics) which allows me the best opportunity to learn and grow.
I want to thank you for your support and encouragement over the years. You have been instrumental in my professional development, and have challenged me in ways no one else has. Through it all, I have become a much better person. I would not be the clinician I am today without all the time and energy you have put forth. Your hard work and sacrifices do not go unnoticed, and are truly appreciated. I am honored to say that I have shared this experience with some of the most amazing people I have ever met (my classmates) and to have been educated by some of the finest in the profession. I attribute my recent accomplishments to you. Thank you!
As one door closes, another one opens. Even though a new chapter in my life is beginning, I look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with the Walsh community and working with you as my colleagues.
Kim Koran, PT, DPT
Clay Moughiman Class of 2009:
When I look back on being one of the first students in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Walsh, I think I was shaped well by the faculty. They really preached professionalism. I had excellent experiences in the clinics and was able to treat some really great patients. I was taught by some of the best PTs in the field, so that helped me tremendously to hit the ground running when I graduated.
It was a lot of hard work and a lot of hours in the classroom, but my biggest memory comes from my classmates. The nice thing was that we were with the same group for three years so we were all very close. I still speak with many on a weekly basis. We kept things light and had a lot of fun and enjoyed what we did. Graduation day was special as well. I was able to graduate with 20 people who'd been there for me. It was nice to go up there and receive a doctorate and be part of something that special.
The program presented good opportunities for my clinical experience. A lot of my classmates traveled to attend PT clinics around the country and spent 8-12 weeks away to learn on the job. So when I did a clinical at a VA hospital in Dayton, OH, I wasn't sure what I was in for. When I got down there, I felt comfortable and I really enjoyed working with veterans. It's very rewarding. You get to give back to a lot of men and women who gave a lot to us. It's challenging at times. You have to be a people person. But, when you're able to help people feel better, it really affects their daily lives. It's a pretty special job. I'm glad I picked this field. I think I'm going to be happy for years to come.
Clay currently works at the Akron community-based Outpatient Clinic, a branch of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and was named Athletic Trainer of the Year at Mount Union. While at Walsh, Clay received the Peer Recognition Award, an award voted on by Clay's classmates in Walsh's DPT program, and also received the Academic Excellence Award.
Alexia Custer, Class of 2009
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that I recognize that my accomplishments are because of my education at Walsh and say thank you. I constantly receive comments from others in my facility that they can't believe I am a new grad. I think the emphasis on professionalism and excellence in the Walsh PT program truly makes a difference in the clinical setting. "The Walsh Difference" is noticed by clinicians in the field.
Alexia was awarded "Best Medical Documentation" as a new graduate, by Absolute Rehabilitation, which encompasses employees of all Altercare Skilled Nursing Facilities, approximately 300 therapists & assistants.