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January 2018 Sudent Spotlight
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"The Best way to predict your Future is to create it."


Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States 


The MPTA places tremendous value on our student members. The student members of today will become the future leaders of our organization. Our student members are truly creating their own future; at a very early stage in their careers they see the value in their professional organization.


Each month the MPTA will place a spotlight on one of our tremendous student physical therapists or student physical therapist assistants. Please contact Sylvia Czuppon, MPTA Social Media Chair, if you would like to recommend a student for our Spotlight page.  


The January Student Spotlight Shines on


Rhiannon Edler!!




MPTA would like to recognize Rhiannon as the MPTA 2018 January Student Spotlight!   

Anticipated Graduation Year:
I will be walking in the May 2018 ceremony at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, MO, then completing 2 rounds of clinicals during the summer of 2018. I will officially be done at the end of August



I attend the PTA program at State Technical College of Missouri. I am a current straight "A" student and plan to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


Professional Experience:
  • I have worked for two local gyms, The Therapy Source and Gasconade Wellness Center. Both of which are associated with seeing physical and occupational therapy patients.
  • I am a graduate of East Central College with an Associates Degree in Teaching, where I played collegiate softball with the "Rookie of the Year" and "Best Defensive Player" Awards. 
  • I then graduated Cum Laude from Lincoln University with my Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.
  • I spent 2 years as an assistant track and field coach and 1 year as a volunteer softball coach at Owensville High during this time.


I loved coaching, but I had a change of heart and careers when I started working at The Therapy Source as a receptionist in Owensville, MO (where I was raised and currently reside) before I graduated. I have always wanted to help children understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the current obesity epidemic in our country, but it went beyond that for me at that point. When I observed  the therapists everyday, I couldn't help but rethink my career choice. The compassionate and caring nature of the therapists really opened my eyes and I could gradually see the difference they were making in helping the patients progress each and every day. The patients were so grateful to have someone to push them and help them become BETTER.


I have loved coaching athletes one-on-one, but becoming a physical therapist assistant will give me the opportunity to "coach" people of all ages, one-on-one, through a rehabilitation period and give them the necessary tools to return to a healthy, normal and functional level. Knowing that I can make such an impact on someone's health will give me extreme joy and I cannot wait to use my knowledge and skills I've acquired through the years to make a difference in so many lives.

 I look forward to starting my clinicals. I am so excited to get in there and practice what I have been learning and I cannot wait to officially become Rhiannon Edler, PTA!







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