PT Student Panel

Hello, pre-PT students!

This Wednesday October 24th, the Pre-PT Association will be hosting a Speed-Dating with PT Students event at 6pm in BioSci 130.

At our meeting this week, you will have the opportunity to talk to current PT students one on one, ask questions, get advice, and gain insight about PT school! We will also be going over class recommendations that will help you with bookbagging, which starts on Monday, October 22nd. Below is a list of current PT students who will be in attendance.

  • AC Caldwell ’18, UNC DPT ’21
  • Anthony Nash ’16, Duke DPT ’21
  • Caroline Schanche ’16, Duke DPT ’21
  • Christine Striesel ’18, Duke DPT ’21
  • MaryEllen Targonski ’18, Duke DPT ’21
  • Ryan Kelly ’16, Duke DPT ’20
  • Ali Swiec ’16, Duke DPT ’20

We hope to see you there!

Health Fair and Panel September 9th, 2018!

This coming Sunday, September 9th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, there will be a “Prehealth Check-Up” health fair and panel held in the Trent Semans Center Auditorium. For those interested, please remember to register at The Pre-PT Association will have a table at the fair following the panel, so please stop by and ask us any questions you may have!

Additionally if you’ve never been to Trent Semans, the Pre-PT Association will have representatives waiting at 1:45pm on the steps of the chapel to walk students over.

The Career Center, Health Professions Advising, and the Academic Advising Center provide this brief description of the Prehealth Check-Up:

The Prehealth Check-Up is designed to provide first and second year pre-health students with an early exploration of the healthcare industry and career possibilities. Panelists representing different careers within the health field will educate students about a variety of career options to explore and share their own professional journeys. Students will also be provided with information regarding volunteer and research opportunities at Duke! Plus, there will be a chance to mingle and network with panelists and other students, as well as learn about student-run pre-health organizations on campus. Career Center staff will also provide a personal introduction to resources available in and through the Career Center. This event is co-sponsored by Health Professions Advising & the Academic Advising Center.

Please feel free to reach out to Cindy Pan at for any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you there!

PT Panel


On Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 in Bio Sci 130, we’ll have a panel full of specialists in the PT field to talk to you guys. This would be a great chance to meet some people that might help you in your career down the road. “It’s not about the grades you make but the hands you shake!!”

Amy Donohoe- Orthopaedic PT Resident, Northeastern University (Boston)
Sarah Parker- Sports PT Resident, Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University
Zach Christopherson- D1 Sports Fellow, Pacific University (Oregon)
Beth Buzzell- Orthopaedic PT Residency graduate, Manual Therapy Fellow, Duke
Megan Lusby- Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Resident, University of Kentucky
Cara Heaton- Pediatrics Resident, Duke

Hope to see everyone there!

Sports Medicine Panel

Duke Pre-PT is hosting a Sports Medicine Panel tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29, at 7pm. It will be held in the K Center, Classroom 232. This is a great chance to hear from and talk to former Duke athletes who are now working in sports medicine! Some of the panelists include…
– Kendall Bradley — Soccer, Trinity Class of 2011, Duke MD Class of 2015, 1st-year orthopedic surgery resident
– Krista Gingrich — Basketball, Trinity Class of 2002, Duke PA Class of 2007, Senior PA at Duke’s Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital
– Rosie Canizares — Cheerleading, Trinity Class of 2004, Duke DPT Class of 2007, Clinician Educator at Duke DPT, Duke Student Health PT
Hope to see you there!

Duke DPT Information Sessions

Here is a list of dates during which Duke DPT will be hosting information sessions for prospective students.  This is a great opportunity to see what Duke’s physical therapy program is looking for in an applicant and to check out their facilities!

Friday, April 29th from 1:00-3:00pm

Friday, June 10th from 1:00-3:00pm

Thursday, September 15th from 6:00-8:00pm

All sessions will be held in the Technology Classroom, which is in Erwin Square above Baba Ghannouj. The address for the building is 2200 W Main Street, Suite B-230.

Upcoming Events!

Duke Pre-PT has organized a bunch of events for the coming semester. Here are a few happening in the next few weeks!

1. Seating and Mobility Clinic @ Campbell University

Saturday, January 30, 8AM-4PM

This is a hands-on learning experience with equipment available from representatives like Permobile and Sunrise.  There will be PTs and OTs leading sessions on seating and mobility that include: writing letters of medical necessity, measuring seats and backs, benefits of custom sitting, documentation, coding, and much more.

Cost: $25 — BUT if we have 10 students attending we can lower the cost to $15

Location: Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine on the campus of Campbell University, 4350 US-421, Lillington, NC 27546

Register at: (type the URL, don’t copy and paste for security reasons)

2. Duke DPT Students Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 7PM – BioSci 155

Current Duke DPT Students will be coming in to speak about their experiences during college, the application process, life as a PT student, and much more!  The students will also be going through some of their material that they are going to be using in a community outreach program.  This is  a great opportunity to hear from students who were in our shoes not too long ago!

3. Special Olympics Unified Duke-UNC Basketball Game

Saturday, March 5, 8-11AM – Brodie Gym Lower Basketball Courts

This is an awesome event hosted by the Special Olympics chapters of both Duke and UNC.  The game airs on ESPN during the Duke-UNC game coverage, and you get a free t-shirt!  Even if you are planning on tenting, they are working on a way to get tenters to be able to volunteer.  Click on the link below to sign-up!  For more details, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Duke Sports Medicine Running Clinic

Duke Physical Therapy will be hosting a running clinic on January 23th from 9:30am-12:00pm on the Center for Living Campus.  Please see the flyer below for more details. We hope you will join us, but if not, feel free to pass along the information to your fellow runners and friends!  The clinic will be presented by Ashley Davis Lake, PT and Julie Reo, PT.

Running Clinic Flyer

Duke University DPT Tour

Join us on Monday, September 28 at 6PM for a tour of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program! Mya Schackleford, the Admissions Coordinator for the program, as well as a few current students will be there to lead us around and answer any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program and to talk to current PT students about their experiences. Even if you are unsure whether you are planning to apply to Duke, it is still a great way to learn about what DPT programs look for and what current students have to say about the process.

Below is a document to sign up if you are interested in going! Be sure to indicate any affiliation you have, along with if you will need a ride. A map with directions to Duke DPT has also been provided.

Duke DPT Tour Sign-Up

MAP – Duke DPT Location

Contact Ben Ramger (President of the Duke Pre-PT Association) at if you have any further questions.

Hope to see you there!

Dance for Parkinson’s

Here is another great volunteering opportunity for the month of May! Especially if you love dancing! See the “Dance for Parkinson’s Flyer” for more information.


Dance for Parkinson’s Flyer

Hi! Our Dance for Parkinson’s class is an opportunity for those with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, and volunteers to come together and dance. Our class incorporates various styles of dance and genres of music through a combination of choreographed and improvisational movement. The class is designed to support the specific needs of those with Parkinson’s, but our main focus is on the elements of dance, such as rhythm, quality of movement, and expression. Volunteers assist with set-up and being extra pairs of eyes to maintain participant safety, while participating fully in our class!

If you are interested in joining us, please email me at Our current series goes through May 29th and classes take place at ADF Studios on Fridays, from 1-2:15. We ask that volunteers arrive 15 minutes early so we can meet you and get the room set up.

Lindsay Voorhees