Brian Stone is a student in the physical therapy assistant program at Surry Community College in Dobson, North Carolina. He is currently completing a clinical rotation at TheraSport Physical Therapy, under the instruction of Diana Rizza, PT.
Prior to pursuing a career in physical therapy, Brian worked as a teacher assistant for Rockingham County Schools. He discovered an interest in physical therapy through volunteering at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville, North Carolina.
A native of Madison, North Carolina, Brian is a graduate of Rockingham Senior High School. He earned an associates degree in Business Administration from Rockingham Community College.
What role does the clinical rotation play in your physical therapy education?
My clinical rotation is very important and the next step in my education. The past three semesters in the PTA program has been the preparation for entry into a PT environment to continue to build upon and prepare me for the work place.
What were you looking for in a clinical instructor and clinical site?
I wasn’t quite sure what to look for. I talked with my instructors as preparations were made for my first clinical. I wanted to learn, be professional, humble, and open to my clinical instructor and try to do whatever was asked of me. I was wanting a clinical site where I felt at home and connect with everyone. I found that with Diana Rizza and the Therasport employees.
What are your goals for your clinical rotation?
My goals for my clinical rotation at Therasport are to gain more confidence in communication with physical therapy and patient interaction, better comprehension of patient’s information in file, and to soak the entire experience up like a sponge.