A Physical Therapist is my career goal in 5-10 years. Physical therapists assist people with pain management and movement improvement. PT’s also help patients with mobility and other health issues. Physical therapy not only restores mobility but also promotes overall well-being and enhances the quality of their lives. The Physical Therapist title and co-ownership of a PT facility is the current title of the person I interviewed. Kevin Dorf is his name. Kevin was a volunteer for the Special Olympics when I first met him. I had considered asking for his help before I learned that I had an assignment. This just made it more compelling to get to know him. It’s been about two years since I started researching the field of Physical Therapists. To be able to have an in-depth discussion alongside the information I already have was extremely helpful.
What education requirements are required for a physical therapist? All physical therapists must obtain a DPT, a doctoral in physical therapy. Kevin holds an MPT degree, however, there is no longer any MPT training available at schools. The bachelor’s degree you need to become a DPT is required before you can pursue a doctorate in the same field. If your college doesn’t offer a PTA/PT entry-level program, kinesiology will be the best choice. This process can take as long as 7-8 years. For most people, this is too long. Kevin said, “Although it can seem long it is well worth it.” A PT job is extremely rewarding. I inquired. He responded, “Working in the field of Physical Therapy is very rewarding.” Helping someone overcome obstacles and reach their goals is an amazing feeling. You can also focus and work with less stress than the business world. Hearing these words made me feel like he was reading my thoughts about my dream career. It was fascinating to learn that you can work in a field without having to worry about the stress. But he explained that it can vary depending upon the area and company where you work. What could you have done differently? I was curious. “I would not change one thing. I would get more involved. After I received my MPT, I was not able to become more involved or active in the PT community. There are many groups and societies that can help you achieve things that you believe are impossible. I would advise you to get involved in all aspects of your career. To make sure that you are not missing anything, volunteer where you can. Sit down with your peers. Kevin said, “This allows you to get to know the intricacies of the field and where you fit in.” This information is very valuable to me. He helped me to realize that the more I get help, the greater my chances of success. I continued the interview by asking “What future changes do we see in this industry?” He responded, “The future for PT is bright.” The field is likely to change as technology, people and injuries improve. It would be able to treat more complex disorders and provide faster recovery times for patients. Kevin said that the medical education, research, health tips and other components would be used to help patients live happier and healthier lives. According to research, physical therapists are expected to grow by almost 30% over the next 10 years. This is nearly 2x the rate of other medical professionals. The interview information made me even more determined to be a physical therapist. It is my main motivation for wanting to be a physical therapist. I enjoy helping people. Anatomy and the study of how our bodies function is what I enjoy. It’s also a way for me to learn about anatomy and help people move better. Physical Therapy can be likened to a form medicine that doesn’t require the doctor. It would bring me joy knowing that I was able to help someone walk again or function normally. While I am aware that it is not an easy task, this is something I am willing to do. My current role will also help me be the best possible PT. Everyday I have a chance to see the daily responsibilities of a physical therapist, working alongside the Exercise Physiologists and Physical Therapist Assistants. It will be great to see this field develop and contribute. This interview was a great lesson. Although it gives an insight into what you can expect, each person will have their own unique experiences. You can also use it to help you start your network and meet mentors. Devin was also kind and patient. While we didn’t have time to talk, he was always available to help and offer information when needed. We are grateful and eager to meet other aspiring PTs.