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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Alumni Stories

Graduates of the University of Washington Doctor of Physical Therapy program pursue a variety of career paths in physical therapy, from work in acute care and inpatient rehab to outpatient clinics, pediatric facilities and more. Read what three of our recent alumni have to say about how the program prepared them to enter the field.

Brandon Bailey

Physical Therapist, University of Washington Medical Center

Brandon BaileyAs a physical therapist at the UW Medical Center inpatient rehab unit, Brandon Bailey helps people recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries prepare to return home. The patients Brandon works with often face difficulties doing simple tasks, like sitting up or standing. It’s a vital but challenging job, and one his UW training readied him for. "The UW Doctor of Physical Therapy program did an excellent job of preparing me for life in the clinic," he said.

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Sanatan Golden

Independent Physical Therapist

Sanatan GoldenSanatan Golden has a single overarching goal: to keep people active their whole lives. A UW Doctor of Physical Therapy grad, Sanatan is an independent physical therapist specializing in treating and preventing lower extremity injuries.

"The number one thing that physical therapists are is teachers," Sanatan said. "We're educating people about their body, about pain, about management, about movement. We teach people so they can take it forward on their own."

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Jessica Mendoza

Pediatric Physical Therapist, Valley Medical Center

Jessica MendozaBy the time she was in high school, Jessica Mendoza knew that physical therapy was her calling. “I loved the idea of being in a profession that helps people rehabilitate and get back to their full potential,” said the UW Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate, who now works as a pediatric physical therapist at Valley Medical Center.

Jessica says the DPT program prepared her to work with the broad range of patients she sees on a daily basis, from infants with developmental delays to high school athletes recovering from injuries.

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