I was initially drawn to the Cantrell Center by the charisma, passion, and brilliance exuded by the Center’s president, Mike Cantrell. Mike is a rare breed of clinician and words simply fail in attempts to articulate how valuable even being in earshot of his interactions with patients can be. No matter how busy, Mike
was always willing to carve out time to teach me an unfamiliar concept or brainstorm a confusing case. I’ll forever cherish these formative interactions.
What far exceeded every expectation I’d set for my internship was this fact – the extraordinary level of zeal and expertise that Mike radiates is reflected back by every
single employee of the Cantrell Center. Truly excellent, passionate people comprise each echelon of the Cantrell Center’s business hierarchy and the synergy of these amazing individuals produces one of the best outpatient physical therapy and wellness experiences available anywhere
To the clinicians and aides, thank you all for serving as unparalleled colleagues, mentors, and friends. Cindy, Dina, Erin, Faith, Jessica, and Ken – you six are quite clearly the best PTAs on the planet and it was a pleasure learning from you. And to Josh and John – our discourse on gastrointestinal anatomy will stay with me for the rest of my career as an academic physical therapist.To my wonderful Clinical Instructor Adrian Baker, aptly deemed “the female version of Mike Cantrell”, who left me awestruck on a daily basis with her ability to excel in any
patient population, thank you for being the incomparable role model that students dream of studying under. Your talents as a therapist are surpassed only by your desire to impart good into all you meet. When I grow up, I want to be like you.
Finally, thank you to every patient who allowed his or her care at the Cantrell Center to subserve my edification. You each gave me more than I could ever hope to give in return. It’s with both an enlightened mind and heavy heart that I bid farewell to my family at the Cantrell Center. The last ten weeks have been nothing short of life changing and career-affirming – I’m indebted to each and every employee of the Cantrell Center for making my time there so special. So thank you. All of you.