I’m a firm believer that united we stand and divided we fall. Too many people have a perspective that focuses on what they can get from the world. We need more people that focus on what they can do for the world. With that being said, I want to use my platform to also push other bloggers content. There is enough room at the table for everyone to eat! Here you will find all the guest bloggers for each month and a short bio on them as well.
For the month of January, we have Farimang Touray. Farimang also known as Mang is a pre- PT that graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelors in biological sciences in May 2017. He will be starting PT school at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in June. Alaskan born and bred, Mang has learned to enjoy the beauty and numerous adventure opportunities in his home state. Mang is passionate about helping other students in their unique journey as a pre-PT and continuing to grow and evolve as a person. In his free time you can catch Mang playing or watching sports, listening to podcasts and music, Netflix, laughing, talking with friends and family and adventuring.
For the month of March, first we have Jazmine Long. Jazmine is a soon to be student physical therapist, who will be attending the DPT program at the University of the Sciences in a few months. She has used her experience of being wait listed, having to be patient for a few months, and then gaining acceptance, to put together an inspiring blog piece. Jazmine is one of Dr. Kyle Rice’s interns for the PT Hustle, and plans to build her own empire one day. Her passions include holistic health, fitness, reading books and articles for self development and self healing, and music and art.
For the month of April, we have Shawntez Laneil Jones. Shawntez was born and raised in Goldsboro/Dudley, North Carolina. With a bachelors degree in sociology from Livingstone College, he has a deep passion for helping others. Other interests include sports, as he is a former college football player. He is a firm believer in loving the life you live and making the best of your situation. Also, he is firm in his faith/religion and places a tremendous amount of value on family. A verse that Tez likes to live by comes from Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Currently, Shawntez is taking a break from pursuing acceptance into physical therapy school. He is doing this in order to take care of his wife and daughter while his wife prepares to take her boards for her nursing license.
Dawnette is a non traditional student, who has worked 16 years as a massage therapist while pursuing her dream of becoming a physical therapist. During her 5 years of preparation she gathered a strong network and support system as a Season 1 alumna of The Accepted System and an alumna of Greg Todd’s Season 6 SSPT. She also received valuable experience as an intern for Dr. Kyle Rice with The PT Hustle and as a speaker for Pre-PT students at SSPT Live 2019. After recently being accepted into the class of 2021 DPT program, she anxiously awaits to begin PT school at South College in June. Meanwhile, she enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and eating amazing food with her husband, daughter and friends. Dawnette also enjoys singing, dancing, laughing and motivating others to pursue any and every dream they can think of.
Hi, my name is Maatra and I’m a 1st year physical therapy student at the University of St. Augustine in Texas. I received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiotherapy from the Norfolk State University, an HBCU in Norfolk, Virginia. My ultimate goal is to research and expand on the integration of nutrition in physical therapy. This is an area of the field that has not been utilized to its full ability. My hope is to both heal and influence other therapists to consider using nutrition as a tool to treat patients. Eventually I plan to open my own private practice to offer patients the most holistic approach to meeting their therapeutic needs. My journey into PT school was a bit unconventional, suffering rejection after rejection. But all it took was one yes! Now I use my difficulties to help inspire other students to press on toward their goals no matter what it takes!