Monday, October 24, 2022

Happy Physical Therapy Month from Dr. Allie Wilson, SLU SSM Health PT Orthopedic Resident

Hello and happy PT Month! My name is Allie Wilson, one of the current SLU-SSM Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residents. I am originally from Bakersfield, California, however I spent 7 years in Texas receiving my undergraduate and DPT education. 

I decided to pursue orthopedic residency training as a new grad to elevate my clinical reasoning and psychomotor skills in order to become a truly excellent clinician and provide the highest quality patient care possible. I was particularly drawn to the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency because of the seemingly infinite resources and opportunities for growth made available to the residents. The unique partnership between SLU and SSM provides a wide variety of top-notch mentors and clinical sites for continual learning opportunities over the 12 month program. Clinical practice, scholarship (as both a learner and teacher), and leadership are just a few areas I've grown in tremendously in these first two months of residency as a result of the resources and mentorship provided thus far.

As we continue to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of this profession and associated with an incredible group of co-residents dedicated to transforming society through movement as future Orthopedic Clinical Specialists.  


Highlights of Residency (so far):  

  • Getting to know my co-residents as both clinicians and individuals: Each of us brings a unique personality and approach to patient care, making weekly didactic sessions an inclusive space for discussion and learning.  

  • Role as a lab instructor in Basic Exam: One of most energizing parts of my week is assisting in Basic Exam lab on Tuesday mornings. It is a privilege to be surrounded by such dedicated educators to prepare the future leaders of this profession.  

  • Clinical practice at the SLU PT Clinic: The majority of my time as a resident is spent here treating students and faculty affiliated with SLU. This has been a unique environment to grow in my practice independently, while also feeling supported by fellow clinicians with expertise in orthopedics.  

  • SSM Health collaboration: From continuing education, regular employee networking/social events, and an inspiring PT month breakfast celebration  – there has been no shortage of opportunities to engage with SSM Health as a resident in a variety of capacities.    


Non-residency Highlights (work/life balance is key):  

  • Exploring the vastness of Forest Park  

  • Frozen custard from Ted Drewes  

  • Visiting The Arch for the first time  

For more information on the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program, visit or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Chris Sebelski at

For more information on the SLU-SSM Health Physical Therapy Women's Health program, visit or contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Jill Imgarten at OR the SLU Director of Residency Education, Dr. Chris Sebelski at

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