Student Physical Therapy Association
The Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy Association is a graduate student funded and operated Organization established by the Physical Therapy students of Sacred Heart University to function as the representative advocate and resource for all members of the Sacred Heart University physical therapy graduate population. The Student Physical Therapy Association shall pursue continuous improvement of all aspects of the graduate physical therapy education and University life experience through open dialogue and constructive and positive interaction within all areas of the University community.
In keeping with the philosophy, overall mission and traditions of Sacred Heart University, the Student Physical Therapy Association shall seek to embrace all physical therapy students and encourage participation and development within Sacred Heart and local communities.
SPTA Officers 2017
|Lindsey McAlonan, Secretary, is currently in the SHU DPT class of 2018 and is am from Victoria, Kansas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Kansas. Between her undergraduate and graduate education she worked at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas as a mobility aide/PT technician for one year. In her free time she enjoys watching the KU Jayhawks play basketball, cheering on the Denver Broncos during football season and working out to be active. As she embarks on this journey through PT school she is excited to be a representative of SPTA, grow in her catholic faith, and learn the profession she is passionate about.|
|Susie Collins, External Liaison, is a first year DPT student. Susie graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Exercise and Movement Science in 2014. During her time there, Susie enjoyed going for hikes and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Susie is originally from Florida, NY and is excited to be starting a new chapter here at Sacred Heart University. She is hopes to one day pursue a career as a pediatric physical therapist.|
|Erika Doyle, Treasurer, is a first year DPT student. She graduated undergraduate from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Exercise Science. Her interest in physical therapy was sparked at a young age from playing competitive sports and learning all that there is to body mechanics, injury and rehabilitation. She continued to learn from the athlete perspective but also began volunteering in the clinical setting to get a therapist’s outlook. In her spare time, Erika continues to participate in recreational sports and loves to travel. Her goals for after graduation include; completing the nationwide mlb stadium visits, working for a major league sports team and spending time at The Hospital for Special Surgery.|
|Sean Walsh, President, is a first year PT student from Steep Falls, Maine. Sean graduated from Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2015 before continuing on to pursue his Doctoral degree. Sean has always been interested in health and fitness, and found enjoyment in athletics. Coming out of high school this lead to an initial decision to be a Physical Therapist which has only grown deeper and more enjoyable for him as his education has continued. He has since then developed his skills at many locations including most recently, an internship at PriMed Physical Therapy under Ed McKiernan in the fall of 2015. Sean continues to play hockey at a recreational level and remains active with his friends and community in both volunteer and athletic capacities.|
Scott Sheehan, Senior Marquette Challenge Representative, is a second year DPT student from Beverly, Massachusetts. He graduated from Sacred Heart University, class of 2015, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. Scott is a former collegiate athlete, making sports a part of everyday life. Having a long career in athletics, lead to multiple sport related injuries which sparked his interest of pursuing a career in sports/orthopedic rehabilitation. Scott is currently the Human Anatomy Lab graduate assistant where he has the opportunity to teach other graduate and undergraduate programs structure and function of the human body.
Christina Mogelnicki, Vice President, is a first year DPT student from Wethersfield, Connecticut. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2016 with a BS in Neuroscience Biology and minor in psychology. She has always had a love for sports which sparked her interest for physical therapy. Christina has enjoyed her experiences, working as an physical therapy aide an outpatient orthopedic clinic for the past two years. She is excited to explore other physical therapy fields, especially the field of neurology. In her free time Christina enjoys coaching and playing tennis, drawing, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
|Kelsea Weber, Junior External Liaison, is a first year DPT student at Sacred Heart University, class of 2019. Kelsea grew up in Bend, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Human Physiology and a minor in Psychology. Her interest in physical therapy started while participating in competitive sports throughout high school and continued to grow from there. She hopes to one day work with pediatric patients or patients with neurological disorders. In her free time she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking with her dog, and cheering on the Oregon Ducks. She is excited to be a part of the SPTA and can’t wait to start this new journey!|
|Matthew Paolillo, Junior Treasurer, is a first year DPT student. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS in Fitness and Wellness Leadership and a minor in business. His interest for physical therapy came while working as a personal trainer throughout undergrad, and realizing his passion for biomechanics and optimizing movement. In his free time, Matt enjoys powerlifting, hiking, and continuing to work as a personal trainer with children. Not sure what population he will work with after graduation, he is excited for his clinical experiences to guide him.|
|Taylor Hunziker, Junior Secretary, is a first year DPT student from Clayton, California. She graduated from Oregon State university with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2015. Taylor's passion for physical fitness and desire to help others is what inspired her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Taylor traveled and interned as a PT aide in Dublin, Ireland for 4 months. She also worked as a PT aide at Diablo Physical Therapy in California before moving to Fairfield, CT. In her free time, Taylor enjoys enjoying outdoors, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.|
|Alyssa Farnsworth, Junior Marquette Challenge Representative, is a first-year DPT student from Leominster, MA. She graduated from SHU in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She had an interest in physical therapy after sporting many injuries throughout high school. She took a year off after undergrad to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic where she fell in love. She loves working with kids but hopes to work with all ages in an outpatient orthopedic clinic.|
|Cristina Martello, Junior Marquette Challenge Representative, is a member of the Sacred Heart University DPT Class of 2019 and is originally from Queens, NY. She completed the 3+3 program at Sacred Heart University in 2017 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Cristina’s passion for physical therapy developed throughout her many years of playing sports and helping to take care of her grandmother who suffered from a stroke. She plans to pursue a career in Sports Rehabilitation and has high hopes of eventually working with professional athletes. Cristina still continues to run as a member of the Sacred Heart Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Some other activities she enjoys often include dancing, singing, and traveling with her family. Cristina is excited to be a member of the SPTA and is grateful for the opportunity she has at Sacred Heart which will allow her to improve the lives of her future patients, both physically and mentally.|
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
The association's aim is to provide pre-physical therapy students with information on the graduate program, volunteer opportunities and to set up a mentorship with graduate level students.
For more information or to join, contact:
Donna M. Bowers, PT, DPT, MPH, PCS
Clinical Associate Professor/Chair
Healthcare Education N177