Lee Ann Fulper is a third year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She recently completed a clinical rotation at DOAR Central, where she received hands-on experience under the supervision of Kate Albright, PT.
Prior to this rotation, Lee Ann completed an internship at Medical Facilities of America’s skilled nursing facility in Gretna, Virginia. She also volunteered at Rehab Associates of Central Virginia’s orthopedic office in Hurt, Virginia.
Lee Ann is a graduate of Gretna High School in her hometown of Gretna, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Why are you pursuing a career in physical therapy?
I enjoy working with people and helping them feel better. My passion is truly to help others regain function so that they can carry out happy and healthier lives more independently.
What role does the clinical rotation play in your physical therapy education?
Clinical education is crucial to the physical therapy curriculum. It is important to get out into the field and work with real patients who have real dysfunctions. It is also a rewarding atmosphere that allows students to gain confidence in skills that they have learned in the classroom.
What were you looking for in a clinical instructor and clinical site?
I look for a welcoming clinic staff and a clinical instructor who is eager and excited about their job and helping teach a newcomer. I found each of these at DOAR Central. My goals for my clinical rotation at DOAR were to gain experience and confidence in the outpatient setting while advancing my clinical and time management skills, which I feel I accomplished with my CI, Kate, along with the rest of the awesome staff at DOAR Central.