While in the police academy I injured my shoulder. As I spent time in physical therapy, I began to envision myself working as a therapist. Shortly afterward I was given a vocational rehabilitation assignment to research possible career options. After researching Occupational Therapy Assistant, I knew that was going to be my career. I immediately enrolled in the OTA program at PMI.
I had no previous background in anatomy and physiology, so it was pretty challenging, but my instructor, Lisa Walters, was amazing! Rehabilitation is both an emotional and a personal journey for a patient. As a therapist you have to really care and be passionate about what you're doing in order to help them. That's what Lisa taught us - how to be passionate.
During my second semester, I became very interested in hand therapy. I learned I'd have to become an Occupational Therapist in order to specialize in that area. When I graduated from PMI, I was also close to having a bachelor's degree, so I finished that and then went directly into my master's at Western New Mexico University. I recently graduated as an Occupational Therapist and am currently looking for a hand therapy position. I am serving on the Arizona State Board for OT. I recently had an article published in our professional journal, and I'm considering going on for my doctorate degree.
I cannot thank PMI and my instructors enough! Were it not for them, I don't know what I'd be doing - but I know I wouldn't be enjoying life as much as I am! Thanks PMI!