As Devonna walked across the convocation stage with the rest of the Physiotherapy Class of 2015 on November 20th, she felt ready to step out into the world of being a licensed Physiotherapist. “The program has helped me develop into a young practitioner with the confidence and skills to truly make an impact within the profession of Physiotherapy,” says Devonna.
Devonna, who holds a BSc in Biology, specializing in Physiology, from McMaster University, realized her passion for Physiotherapy after working as a Summer Program Assistant for several PT and OT programs at a Children’s Treatment Centre. “With these experiences and my passion for Rehabilitation Science, I was inspired to pursue a career in Physiotherapy,” says Devonna. With this goal in mind, she set out to look for Physiotherapy programs that would help her reach this goal.
While searching, Devonna discovered McMaster’s program, which had core values that aligned well with her personal and professional values and beliefs. “The program strives to develop empathic, adaptable, and reflective practitioners with the skills to become lifelong learners,” says Devonna. “The program facilitates this growth through a unique learning environment of small-group, problem-solving learning that was well suited to my learning style and has helped me develop the critical thinking skills that I can continue to apply throughout my practice. Through these two unique aspects of the program I have gained the confidence to identify and critically analyze relevant primary literature, allowing me to use evidence alongside my clinical reasoning skills to problem-solve through difficult and novel challenges in my future practice.”
Looking back at her experiences in the program, Devonna appreciates the collegial bonds that she formed and the opportunities to learn from her peers. “The McMaster program promotes a continuously collaborative learning environment as the program is based on discussion, critical thinking and reflection. This has fostered strong personal and professional relationships and it has given me the privilege of learning and growing from 64 other individuals with unique insights, perspectives, knowledge and experiences.”
Since graduation, Devonna has been working in private practice orthopedic clinic. At the clinic a portion of her caseload focuses on pelvic health concerns with the other portion focused on traditional orthopedics. Devonna plans to continue down a path of lifelong learning as she hopes to receive her certification in acupuncture and take the level two pelvic health physiotherapy course in the spring.
Devonna`s advice to any aspiring physiotherapists “stay inspired if you are truly passionate about physiotherapy, as it is an incredible profession to be a part of.”