Check out what Eric Oetter, Doctoral Candidate from Emory University, has to say about experience with the Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine:
My name is Eric Oetter – I’m a Middle Georgia native concurrently pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University and a PhD from Georgia Tech in Applied Physiology. I’ve also just had the honor of spending ten weeks in one of the most amazing small businesses in the state of Georgia, the Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.
As an allied health student, clinical internships form a cornerstone in our curriculum and I was privileged with the opportunity to perform one of mine at the Cantrell Center. The following is brief reflection on my experiences amongst friends who, in ten short weeks, became family.
Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, observed that, “when you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.”
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 Executive Team, thank you for showing me the type of dedication, organization, and leadership it takes to manage an elite small business. Tassie, your compassionate authority is something I hope to one day emulate and Mary, I’ll never forget your words of encouragement during a time of immense grief.
To the Wellness Team, thank you for providing such an outstanding example of how to inject physical fitness and dietary guidance into the lives of those who need it most. Ryan, one of my fondest memories at the Cantrell Center was working side-by-side with you, seamlessly blending training and rehabilitation for a soon-to-be state champion runner. And Mark, for better or worse – Go Hawks!
To the Administrative Staff, thank you for making my life as a student immensely easier through your tireless work – it did not go unrecognized. Mickey, I appreciate your willingness to answer each of my one hundred questions – with a British accent, no less – and Monique, my sincerest apologies for that one time I scheduled an evaluation where it didn’t belong.
And a special thanks to Amy, Hee, Kaley, and Lillian for putting a smile on my face after every trip by the front desk.
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.
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. But I hope I helped.
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.
“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” – Kiera Cass