Tyler is the PTA delegate of the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
I’m a first year PTA student at Chattahoochee Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia. While I was in middle school I job shadowed a physical therapist for a class assignment. The job shadow itself only lasted one week but the impact it had, will stay with me forever. I ended that week knowing the career I wanted to spend the rest of my life working in. Helping patients every day to improve their function and get back to living their lives to their fullest abilities was something I knew I had to pursue.
When I attended my first APTA meeting I felt that same sense of purpose and desire to get involved. Everyone at the meeting was so devoted to the common cause of helping others. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I began to reach out to others in a leadership capacity about how I could become more involved in the process. Since that day, many amazing mentors have guided me along the way. They have all encouraged me to attend national conferences and to take full advantage of the unique platform I have as a student.
In January, I was selected as Chair of the SPTA Relations Project Committee. I was also recently elected to the position of Treasurer of the Georgia SSIG. I am very passionate about the benefits of physical therapy. I have worked hard to be an advocate for my profession on both the state and national level. As the SPTA Delegate I will be able to continue that mission and hope to inspire other students to do the same.