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
Laurie earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy 1996 at Barry University. She has been a member of the APTA/FPTA member since 1990(PTA 1992-1996). Laurie has 10 years’ experience serving in elected and appointed positions for the FPTA Board of Directors. She served on the FPTA Board of Directors in various capacities.
Laurie is the owner of Clay Physical Therapy, Inc., (private practice), opened in 1998. Clay Physical Therapy specializes in Medicaid/Medwaiver clients. Laurie has extensive experience in orthopedics and sports medicine however her passion is in education and neurology.
Laurie’s academia experience began in her final year of PT school, where she wrote and performed her final clinical internship in a PTA program, followed by guest speaking and teaching a variety of courses in several PT and PTA programs. Her ACCE experience, began in 1999 assisting at local PTA and PT programs before accepting a full time ACCE position.
She has served on numerous community Board’s including Challenge Enterprise (an employment and day program for adults with disabilities), Lighthouse Learning Center, (a Preschool for children with disabilities birth to 5 years old) and Quigley House (a safe house for abused and battered women and children).
Laurie is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership. She is also working on her APTA LAMP certification (Leadership, Administration, Management and Professionalism). She shares these skills through mentoring both young and seasoned professionals.