Ashley Mauss worked at Stonehenge Physical Therapy where she put her knowledge to practical use.
What was your internship experience like?
I loved my internship experience. Each Saturday, I would have a list of patients that I was to bring to therapy. Once I transferred them to therapy, I would do various exercises with them. These included: NuStep, pulleys, weight lifting, etc. It was so rewarding to be even a small part of someone’s recovery. Stonehenge is a facility that usually cares for the elderly population. I enjoyed working with these patients and my internship was vital in making the decision to pursue occupational therapy.
What was the most valuable thing you learned from this experience?
The most invaluable thing I learned from my internship is that I want to pursue occupational therapy. My time at Stonehenge really helped me to see how much I enjoy helping people with physical/occupational therapy.
I learned how to be a team player, how to follow instructions (from the PT), and how to treat my patients (or people in general) compassionately. I think that PDBIO 220, PDBIO 305, and Personal Training Strategies really helped me prepare for my internship. I was able to apply my knowledge of the human body at my internship. Because of my classes, I was more aware of what muscles were being used during each exercise.