Friday, September 28, 2018

From Pre-PT -> SPT -> DPT -> Clinic Owner

Over that decade life has presented challenges. I just want to briefly go through some of the ups and downs through my journey.

First, I decided to get into PT school so I started doing my pre-requisites. Getting a C in physics was devastating! but I retook it and got an A!

Second, going through the process of PTCAS was exciting and scary. I was determined to get in and applied to 14 schools. I ended up being waitlisted at 3 schools and ultimately I was rejected! It was so painful.

Third, after feeling like a complete failure and being rejected I decided to try again. I filled out PTCAS again with the encouragement of my wife I applied again. This time I was much more refined in my selection of schools and only applied to 3 schools

Fourth, an email came I got in! I was accepted to PT school at the University of St. Augustine. I thought the hard part was over... getting into PT school but after PT school started I realized I was only getting started.

Fifth, getting through PT school was a total struggle! I felt like I crawled across the finish line. I graduate and much to my surprise I was awarded the Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award at graduation.

Sixth, working as a PT was so fun but I soon felt like it was all about money. My boss would say "everytime someone walks through that door imagine they have a 100 dollar bill taped on their forhead."  I loved working with people but I wanted more than just working for a boss that looks at patients as dollar bills. I want to help people!

Seventh, enough was enough and I decided to quit my corporate job and start a clinic! This has been a scary and fun process. I just opened about 8 weeks ago and I have seen a handful of patients. It is scary but I feel like with time I can get this clinic going.

All in all, this journey had been scary and fun. If you are a Pre-PT, an SPT, a DPT or a clinic owner I would love to connect and network with you. If you are reading this leave a comment so we can connect/network. I would love to hear your story.

If you feel like you have a story that would be beneficial to others I would love to put it up on this blog so reach out!

Thanks,

Dr. Dalin Hansen, PT, DPT
d.hansen@empowerutahpt.com
www.empowerutahpt.com


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