Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Meet the PT StuCo Board for 2018-2019!




Ryan TeKolste
Ryan TeKolste, Co-President
Position: Co-President
Year: PY I
Hometown: Denver, CO
Why did you want to become a PT?
I've always been fascinated by the human body, and specifically the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
You ever wanna go for a run in Forest Park and/or eat Salt and Smoke, I'm your guy!
Fun fact: I've eaten a bowl of Life cereal almost every morning for as long as I can remember.


Jacob Mileham
Jacob Mileham, Co-President
Position: Co-President
Year: PY I
Hometown: Rochester, IL
Why did you want to become a PT?
I've always found the human body incredibly fascinating. After taking an anatomy course in high school, I knew I needed to learn more about everything that is happening in my own body. As a future PT I will be able to use this knowledge everyday, and help people return to whatever their normal life may be.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Blues hockey games!
Fun fact: I climb stairs for fun


Allison Drury
Allison Drury, VP of Programming
Position: VP of Programming
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bloomsdale, MO
Why did you want to become a PT?
What originally spurred my interest was my huge obsession with the St. Louis Cardinals. I thought it'd be incredible if I could work for them by helping the players recover from injury. While that is a huge dream, I still will love PT whether or not I ever work for the Cardinals. I love science, studying the human body and how it heals through exercise, and I love children so I am definitely interested in pediatrics.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
I love concerts and Cardinal games
Fun fact: I stood about 15 ft away from Pope Francis


Kelsey Bequette
Kelsey Bequette, VP of Programming
Position: VP of Programming
Year: Junior
Hometown: Hallsville, MO
Why did you want to become a PT?
I wanted to become a PT because I love helping people and I enjoy science, so what better profession than one where I get to do two of the things I love everyday!
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Try new ice cream places!
Fun fact: I have held a koala!


Lauren Groszek
Lauren Groszek, VP of Fundraising

Position: VP of Fundraising
Year: Junior
Hometown: Leawood, KS
Why did you want to become a PT?
I was always really interested in science and injuries, considering I was constantly injured as a kid. This meant I was in and out of PT a lot, and I formed a great relationship with my therapist because he made exercise fun and pushed me to bounce back faster. I love the idea of being able to help someone get back to doing something they love and increasing happiness this way!
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Try new ice cream places and hammock when the weather is nice!
Fun fact: I am a 4th degree black belt


Marybeth Galick
Marybeth Galick, VP of Fundraising
Position: VP of Fundraising
Year: PY I
Hometown: Homer Glen, IL
Why did you want to become a PT?
I always had a deep interest in wanting to work in health care and physical therapy stands out as a career that "fits" me. I enjoy interacting and getting to know patients, learning how and why physical therapists perform a particular maneuver or why this stretch/exercise is more beneficial than the others.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Food Truck Fridays
Fun fact: I have two different colored eyes: one is blue & the other is green ; )



Lauren Foster
Lauren Foster, VP of Service
Position: VP of Service
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Why did you want to become a PT?
I want to become a Physical Therapist to empower others in restoring and maintaining their physical and psychological health and wellbeing.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
My favorite thing to do in St. Louis is enjoy the weather outside and go to the zoo!
Fun fact: I was a competitive dancer in all styles


Natalia Samborska
Natalie Samborska, VP of Service
Position: VP of Service
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Hickory Hills, IL
Why did you want to become a PT?
I want to become a PT to help other people and because I think the body/ how it all functions is fascinating.
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Visit new coffee shops
Fun fact: I was born in Poland


Caroline Lipic
Caroline Lipic, VP of Philanthropy
Position: VP of Philanthropy
Year: PY I
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Why did you want to become a PT?
I wanted to become a PT because I wanted a job in which I would be active, helping people, and was in the healthcare field. I enjoy problem solving in order to come up with effective methods in order to serve the patient within the rehab setting while forming a relationship with the patient. It has been four years now, and I am still loving it!
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
I enjoy exploring City Museum, riding bikes through forest park, and going to Cardinal’s games.
Fun fact: My little sister is taller than me and is a freshman in the OT Program.

Nina Valaitis
Nina Valaitis, VP of Alumni Relations

Position: VP of Alumni Relations
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oswego, IL
Why did you want to become a PT?
I wanted to become a PT because I find exercise and anatomy super exciting and I learned about this fantastic profession from my mom who is a physical therapist. 
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
My favorite thing to do in St. Louis is to spend time in Forest Park.
Fun fact: In August, I walked 900 kilometers on the Way of St. James from the border of France to the most western point of Spain.




Stephanie Kim

Stephanie Kim, VP of Alumni Relations
Position: VP of Alumni Relations
Year: Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Why did you want to become a PT?
I wanted to become a PT because I have always been interested in the healthcare field and also love being active and making new relationships with other people!
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Exploring the city through new places to EAT!
Fun fact: I love dogs and SLU so much that I made an Instagram account on them!!  (@DogsOfSLU)


Kathleen Sullivan
Kathleen Sullivan, Treasurer
Position: Treasurer
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Why did you want to become a PT?
I love working with people and I think the human body is super interesting!
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Exploring different ice cream places
Fun fact: I was a martial arts instructor for two years


Melissa Hussey
Melissa Hussey, Secretary
Position: Secretary
Year: PY I
Hometown: Redmond, WA
Why did you want to become a PT?
I was injured in high school and had to go through PT as part of my recovery. The way my therapist explained the science and anatomy of how the body works and compensates for abnormal movement entirely intrigued me. I've been hooked ever since!
Favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
I love exploring the St. Louis food scene as much as possible!
Fun fact: If I could live off of avocados, I would!

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