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ATSU Doctor of Physical Therapy student says faculty bring unique perspectives to program

ATSU-ASHS DPT student Leslie Parker

Leslee Parker knew A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program was right for her from the moment she first walked onto the Mesa, Arizona, campus.

Parker, a member of the class of 2025, found a faculty with diverse experiences, all with a desire to see their students accomplish their goals.

“Since I walked onto campus for the first time for my interview, I felt like all professors that I talked to wanted me to succeed and brought a different perspective to the PT world,” Parker said. “Now as a second year, I further believe that our professors bring a unique perspective to physical therapy, with diverse areas of specialization and research interests.”

Parker is originally from Las Vegas and has a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology from UNLV. 

At ATSU, Parker quickly got involved with the Student Physical Therapy Association, and served as treasurer. She also became a student ambassador for the DPT program.

“I became a student ambassador because I wanted to motivate and encourage prospective students to continue pursuing their dreams, no matter how long it takes,” she said.

Outside of school, Parker is a board member and community service chair with the Arizona Physical Therapy Associate Student Special Interest Group. She also enjoys volunteering, hiking, and reading.

Looking ahead to graduation, Parker hopes to complete a neurologic residency and become a neurologic clinical specialist working with patients post traumatic-brain and spinal-cord injuries.

“ATSU has helped me prepare for this by creating a learning environment with our pro bono clinic to gain hands-on skills treating patients of various neurologic diagnoses,” Parker said.


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