Over the past decade, life has presented challenges. I just want to briefly go through some of the ups and downs throughout my journey.
First, I decided to get into PT school so I started doing my pre-requisites. I had some good grades and some okay grades. When I got a C in physics I was devastated! 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 the hard part 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 such fun but I soon felt like it was all about money. My boss would say "every time someone walks through that door imagine they have a 100 dollar bill taped on their forehead." 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!
Dr. Dalin Hansen, PT, DPT