Skip to main content

At the junction of science and the arts, a trip back in time.

Defining Moment Author

Listen to 'Defining Moment'

My siblings and I grew up in a world rich in make-believe.

Both of my parents were musicians and passionate music educators. They employed special little songs to cajole us into bed or the bathtub. Their dinner song beckoned us to the kitchen table, where the entire family sang grace in multiple harmonies, seldom the same way twice.

Our basement doubled as a playroom for us and the music room where my parents taught private lessons. Creativity was our bread, and we were well-fed. My parents passionately believed that arts education develops abilities in reading, writing, and arithmetic. And, indeed, I loved school. Throughout my youth, I struggled to choose between making a career in music and dance or in medicine. I wanted to do both.

Log in or create a free account to keep reading.

Join APTA to get unlimited access to content.

You Might Also Like...


Vision for Physical Therapy Education Embraces Collaboration, Diversity

Dec 22, 2021

A cross-organization partnership envisions an educational culture rooted in strong partnerships, shared values, and accessibility.


APTA's PT Moves Me Campaign: Spreading the Word About the Profession

Jul 14, 2021

More students than ever, from more diverse backgrounds than ever, are learning why becoming a PT or PTA might be right for them.


No One Way To Be a PT

Jun 10, 2021

This PT encourages others in the profession to expand the bounds of what PTs can be.