Having a Dog in PT School

Hi everyone! I have received a lot of questions about having a dog in PT school, so today’s post will be all about that. A common trend I’m hearing is that a lot of fellow dog moms and dads are concerned about having their pup with them at school. Is it difficult? Is it too time-consuming in such an intense program? Do I have extra time to spend with my dog? Do I recommend having them with you? This may or may not just be an excuse for me to show off some super cute pictures of my dog… no I’m kidding. Keep reading for the inside scoop!

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The Summer of Smoothie Bowls // What I Love to Put in My Bowls + Some of My Favorite Combinations!

Hello and happy Monday! I’m super excited to share some of my favorite smoothie bowl combinations with you all! I think smoothie bowls are the most pretty, fun, and colorful way to squeeze a nutritious meal into your day. There’s so many different ways you can be creative with smoothie bowls. Although I do have my go-to favorites, I love mixing them up and creating something a little different with each one.

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How I Stay Organized in PT School!

Hello, hello! Today I am sharing 7 ways I stay organized in PT school. Being a PT student can be a bit hectic at times (or all of the time… actually), so staying organized is one of the key things that will help keep you on top of your game. Keeping track of important dates and deadlines is so so important with all of the assignments, quizzes, exams, practicals, meetings, and more that come along with PT school. So, if you’re interested to see how I stay on top of all of these things (as well as how I like to organize my notes), just keep reading!

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My First Clinical Experience // Outpatient Orthopedics (with a Little Bit of Acute Care)

I completed my first clinical experience at an outpatient orthopedic clinic during the second semester of my first year (spring 2019). Our clinic days were on Tuesdays and lasted for 10 weeks. We did not have any classes on clinic days and my typical clinic day usually lasted from around 8:00 AM to 5:00 or 6:00 PM (depending on how the day went/how much documentation still needed to be completed at the end of the day).

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My First Year of PT School! // A Recap of 1st Year, Highlights, and A Glimpse of what 2nd Year Will Look Like

Well, it’s official - I survived my first year of PT school! I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. I just finished my official first year and am so excited to be a rising second-year student in fall of 2019. This post is dedicated to sharing a general overview and recap of the classes I’ve completed and will be taking in future semesters, as well as a few highlights from the year.

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Blood Supply Drawings // The Upper Extremity

Hello, hello! Happy Monday! The spring semester is right around the corner and I’m so excited to get back in action with anatomy. During my first semester of DPT school anatomy, we covered the upper extremity. I started tackling muscles before I even started school and shared my whole-body muscle drawings in this post, which was more of a hit then I ever imagined it would be.

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Christmas Gift Wrapping 2018

And just like that… the most wonderful time of the year has come to a close. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed any other holidays or fun traditions you celebrate! The holiday season is my absolute favorite and I’m always so sad when it ends. This year was one for the books - heaps of holiday cheer and festivities and family fun and I’m excited to share my annual Christmas gift wrapping with you all!

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Emily and Austin are Engaged! // Church Hill Overlook Proposal

I’m not crying… you’re crying. Actually, we’re probably BOTH crying because this proposal was absolutely breathtaking. I was so ecstatic when Austin told me the news that he would be proposing to Emily and asked me to capture their special day. I started screaming “yes, yes, YES, OMG YES, DUH!!” before he could even finish fully asking me. Needless to say, we were both so excited for the day to come!

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Round 2, Here We Go // Updates on PT School and... Life!

Hello there, friends! It's a beautiful day to share lots of new updates with you all, so... here it goes. If you're familiar with my PT school journey thus far, then you probably already know that I encountered a few bumps in the road in my first year. If you need to catch up, you can read all about that here. So... make sure you do that so you've got the timeline straight.

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Charisma and Cole // Dreamy Fall Couple Session

I had an absolute blast snapping some photos for my dear friends, Charisma and Cole! Charisma and I have been best friends since college and once Cole came into her life, it was insane how she instantly became a whole new kind of happy. The love they have for each other is immeasurable and I get in my feels every single time I’m around them. Their energy is so contagious - the way Cole looks at Charisma, the way Charisma gets so giddy when Cole tells yet another super corny and sarcastic joke - UGH… it’s something else I tell ya!

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Ashley and Brandon are Engaged! // Bluemont Vineyard Proposal

This proposal had me all the way in my feels - the location, the breathtaking views, the memorabilia, the emotions… it was all so perfect! It all started with one of my friends, Daniel, reaching out to me about photographing Ashley and Brandon’s proposal. Brandon had a trip planned to fly to Virginia (from Tennessee) to visit Ashley, but it wasn’t just any ordinary trip - he was going to propose to her!

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Tips to Ace Your DPT School Inpatient Practical Exam

Hello everyone! Today, I am sharing a few tips and tricks that can hopefully help you ace your DPT inpatient practical exam and be a total rockstar! Practical exams can be really, really tough. You may know may know all of the necessary information to be successful. You may be confident in your abilities to perform a thorough examination/evaluation and devise an effective intervention. However, having proctors view and grade every single move you make can be very nerve-wracking.

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The 10 Best Resources to Learn and Master DPT School Anatomy

Why hello there! This post is an addendum to my Muscular Anatomy 101 blog post, where I shared with you all my drawings that have helped me conquer all of the muscles in the human body. Since sharing that post, I have received a lot of questions as to what other resources I have used or things I have done to power through anatomy and thoroughly learn/understand other important objectives, such as the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems.

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Muscular Anatomy 101 // A Full Set of Drawn Muscles with Attachments, Innervations, Blood Supplies, and Actions!

Hi everyone! So, if you are a visual learner like me, then you know that learning all of the muscles in the human body can be a daunting task if you don't have visuals to aid in your studying. I spend a lot of time in the cadaver lab and in osteology lab (with skeletal models) to learn all of the different muscles and bony structures one-by-one. Additionally, since I learn best with pictures and colors, I have drawn out my school's muscle chart.

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Loaded Breakfast Lettuce Wraps

Happy Sunday, friends! YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS RECIPE ASAP, OKAY?! It's healthy, pretty easy, and frickin delicious. So I was at the gym super late last night and told myself I couldn't eat anything when I got home. So naturally, I fast forwarded to today and started daydreaming (or I guess nightdreaming actually) about what I would have for breakfast. I wanted to come up with a fun, creative recipe and this is where my idea for 'loaded breakfast lettuce wraps' sparked. I went and got the groceries at midnight *hahaha* and was so excited to make it come to life!

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The Untold Story of How my First "Year" of DPT School REALLY Went...

Alright, here it goes - the post I've been dreading to write. Things are about to get REAL personal. So if you didn't already know, I started my first semester of DPT school this past fall. It was a new, exciting, but very challenging experience that did not quite go as planned. I've kept quiet about the nitty gritty stuff and opened up only about the small details just enough to answer the questions of people who have been curious.

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Acai Smoothie Bowl Heaven // Pineapple Style!

This smoothie bowl right here... it's a total game changer. I'm obsessed with acai smoothie bowls not only because they taste amazing, but also because of all of the amazing nutritional benefits they provide. I didn't think they could get any better until I had one INSIDE of a pineapple - talk about delicious! It's cute, fun, tastes oh so fabulous, and is the perfect summer treat!

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