Is a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Worth It? If you’re dreaming about helping patients restore their mobility and quality of life, and you’re exploring what it would take to become a physical therapist, you may be wondering, “Is a degree in physical therapy worth it?” The answer to this question depends, of course, on your personal career goals. Some people choose to become physical therapist assistants because only a two-year associate degree is required. It’s true that pursuing a doctorate takes time and effort; however, there are countless advantages to earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. To that end, let’s look at some of the factors that make a Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree the best first step on an exceptional career Read more
Dr. Christina Bertran has been practicing occupational therapy since 2015. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Florida International University in 2015. She completed her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Boston University in September 2019, where her area of focus was developing an education program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to promote play.
Dr. Bertran is passionate about the interdisciplinary collaboration between speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists in promoting pre-linguistic skills in children. Additionally, she is a certified fieldwork educator and is passionate about helping fieldwork students receive the highest quality of clinical education. Her clinical practice interests are focused on pediatrics, parent education, sensory integration, autism and early intervention. She has worked with the pediatric population in home health, outpatient, hospital and school-based settings.
Currently, Dr. Betran continues to see private clients in home health, where she incorporates an interdisciplinary model collaborating continuously with a speech-language pathologist to emphasize pre-linguistic skills needed for play. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the vital role of occupational therapy within secondary transition and promoting success in community and life roles after secondary education.
Dr. Bertran is currently pursuing the Board Certification in Pediatrics and as a certified autism specialist. She has been serving as a full-time Instructor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Miami, FL campus since 2020.