Meet the BrightLife Scholarship Recipient!

For the fourth year in a row, BrightLife Direct is giving back to the physical therapy community by providing a scholarship to help an aspiring physical therapist continue their education.

The 2019 BrightLife Physical Therapist Scholarship was open to all students studying to be an occupational therapist, physical therapist or assistant. We received so many wonderful applications from students who are incredibly passionate about helping their community and returning their patients to a state of independence.

With so many amazing occupational and physical therapy students all working to improve the lives of others in their own way, it was challenging to choose a winner. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is one that is very deserving. It is our pleasure to congratulate Kallie Neumer as this year’s Physical Therapist scholarship recipient.

Kallie is a student at Saint Louis University pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. Kallie was inspired to take a career path to help individuals with disabilities when her cousin was born with cerebral palsy. She also started working with the Saint Louis University Museum of Art to display an art exhibit accessible for people with visual impairments for her Master's project. 

"People with visual impairments are the most excluded from the world of art, which is why I have chosen this population. This project aligns with my academic interests in Universal Design – designing objects and environments to be accessed by anyone. Universal design is used to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, has the opportunity to access every part of the community where they live. Helping others obtain access to opportunities as others is what I am truly passionate about, which will grow with my experiences in occupational therapy."  Kallie Neumer (excerpt from essay)

She has also interned with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis to assist with events and work with adults with Down Syndrome. Most recently, Kallie has also worked as a camp counselor at Camp Little Giant where she assisted with activities for various children with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Kallie is very passionate and motivated to help individuals live their fullest life by promoting design, educating others and promoting accessibility for everyone. We are very impressed with Kallie's big heart and determination. We cannot wait to see where her career takes her.  

 

Read about the recipient of last year's scholarship, Miriam, J:

 

Miriam Janove, the recipient of the 2018 BrightLife Physical Therapist Scholarship, is a student at the University of Puget Sound pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She is also a certified lymphedema therapist and actively volunteers at clinics and hospitals, both locally and abroad. Miriam was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was younger, and was advised to see a physical therapist who told her “there is no reason you can’t do anything anyone else can do.” Those words made all the difference to her. That experience inspired Miriam to grow up and study to become a physical therapist herself!

She loves to help people and is always looking to learn more. Upon graduation, Miriam plans to help children and the elderly with a focus on those with the least amount of access. Her goal is to help people with limited independence regain the strength to perform daily tasks without the aid of another.

“Several of my massage clients had lymphedema which inspired me to become a certified lymphedema therapist through the Vodder School, broadening my skills and knowledge about the body. I continue to learn more through my clinical internships in the DPT program. I have advanced my career into the field of physical therapy to access more knowledge and tools to get to the root of patients’ problems.” – Miriam Janove (excerpt from essay)

We are very proud of Miriam, and we wish her all the best in her journey. This scholarship was created to help ease the financial burden of students and give back to this dedicated community of professionals. We received many fantastic applications and praise all of those who applied for their hard work and passion.

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