A Student’s Perspective
By: Bethany Diamond, SPT, ATC – Cleveland State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
“’It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ . . .”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
This is one of my favorite quotes, it actually is the sticker that covers my entire laptop. This most likely makes me a giant nerd but I already knew that but I digress. I came here from a small town in Ohio near Cleveland, where I am completing my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I will graduate soon (Dec. 16 to be exact)! It seems like I just got into PT school, just had my first emotional breakdown due to grad school, just moved to Atlanta to complete my last clinical at a clinic no one from Cleveland State has been to yet.
But here I am, almost Bethany Diamond, PT, DPT, ATC with the DPT student loans to prove it! Jokes aside, I found out that CSU was trying to get a new placement in Atlanta, Georgia (**ooo exotic**) with a clinic that focuses on sports rehabilitation and dance medicine with a staff of highly trained physical therapists in October 2016. I knew then I wanted it. I jumped at the chance and would figure out logistics after securing the clinical. I updated my curriculum vitae, dressed up and did a Skype interview with Deanna (I was terrified, what do you do with your hands in a Skype interview?), and waited for their response. That was 1 year ago and for some reason, they thought I would fit in at their clinic and took a chance on an Ohio-born and bred girl who stutters in interviews and never knows what to do with her hands and ultimately just sits on them.
In the 3 months I have been at the clinic I have been pushed to step outside of my comfort zone in my practice and have discovered a new-found confidence in my capabilities as a physical therapist. The entire staff at Motion Stability has welcomed me into their family and pushed me to better myself with each patient. Jake has taken the time to teach me skills and critical thinking that will help any patient I encounter. Emma has pushed me to understand and treat an entirely different athlete I had not had experience with prior to with adolescent up to professional dancers. Deanna, Maggie, Brian, Mandy, and Adrianna have all brought me in to watch and learn from their specialty practices. The girls at the front desk have patiently worked with me as I learn all of the in’s and out’s of the what is needed and helped guide me in the right direction. I came down to Atlanta hoping to learn a few things that Georgia physical therapists do that Cleveland PT’s might not. The staff, especially Jake and Emma who were amazing enough to take me on as their student, have pushed me to be the best possible physical therapist for my patients.
Motion Stability’s physical therapists truly care about their patients and continue to push themselves to grow as practitioners. They have given me goals to strive towards as I begin my own career in physical therapy.
So, going back to J. R. R. Tolkien, I am so glad I stepped out of my door and ended up here with these great people. They have shown me what things we as physical therapists can accomplish and what good they can impart on the world.
Thank you to all of the staff at Motion Stability for welcoming me to Atlanta and your family. You all have done above and beyond to get me ready to begin my physical therapy career and I will always be grateful for my time with you all.
Bethany Diamond, SPT, ATC