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April Student Spotlight: Alison Nicastro, SPTA

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
1. What is your current setting?
Currently, I am a first year PTA student at St. Catherine University. I am about to begin my first long clinical with Golden Living in St. Louis Park. 

2. What are some special interests/special accomplishments in you career?
I graduated with a B.S. in Education and Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, taught 5th grade, and coached basketball in Wisconsin and Minnesota before entering PTA school. I have a great passion for education, and the teaching component within in physical therapy is one of the many reasons I am so excited to be a part of the profession. I have been involved in athletics throughout my life and was a member of the women’s basketball and golf teams while attending UWSP. Because of my teaching experience and involvement in athletics, I have a deep interest in pediatrics and sports medicine. Recently, I began working with the Alzheimer’s Association through the Young Champions advocacy group and with Health Commons, working with the East African community, promoting and teaching wellness and exercise. My involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association piqued my interest in memory care and neurology. Both experiences have allowed me to connect health and social issues to my education as a physical therapist assistant. These and similar experiences are ones I plan on continuing throughout my education and career.

3. How are you involved with MNPTA?
I became involved in the MNPTA through the encouragement of my professors. I began by attending SSIG meetings and was also a part of the Student Conclave and Legislative day. I am looking forward to attending future conferences and events to remain active and engaged. 

4. Why are you a member of APTA? 
Being a member of the APTA is important to me for many reasons. As a student, the APTA provides ample opportunities to form connections with current professionals and other students. This allows me to stay up to date with current events, emerging trends, and will help me to become the best professional I can be. The APTA offers members the ability to grow professionally and advance their learning, which is essential for success and enjoyment in any career.

5. What other hobbies or special interests do you have?
Aside from school, I work part-time as a PCA. I love spending time with my family and friends while staying active. I have always been involved in athletics and I cannot imagine my life without a little healthy competition. I currently get my competition fill in a weekly basketball league, and I play football for the Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes fundraising event. I also enjoy running, golfing, and downhill skiing, but I’ll do just about anything to stay active! My work with the Alzheimer’s Association and Health Commons has given me to the chance to give back to the community through advocacy and education.

Tags:  Student and New Professional Spotlight 

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