Lana Brand ’10, DPT ’12
Outside the classroom: Lana is a right-side hitter for St. Kate’s volleyball team, a commuter senator in the Student Senate and vice president of the Exercise and Sport Science Club
Favorite course: “I really liked ‘Measurement and Evalution.’ It was a super hands-on course, and I’ve really liked all of the exercise and sports science (EXSS) courses I’ve taken.”
Why exercise and sport science? Lana started as a biology major, but then switched to EXSS. “It was a great fit for me. My ideal career involves working with athletes. I think athletes are motivated to work toward getting back on the court or the field as soon as possible.”
Seeing connections: “Being a student-athlete and an EXSS major, I find myself constantly asking my teammates: ‘What hurts? Which muscle?’ I’m thinking about what I learn in the classroom during volleyball practice.”
From injury to enlightenment: After tearing her ACL in high school, Lana went through physical therapy — which opened her eyes to the physical therapy profession and pursuing it as a career.
Six years, two degrees: Lana is on track for St. Kate’s unique six-year applied science in exercise science and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) dual-degree program.
Hands-on research: To achieve the 100 hours of clinical experience needed for admission to the DPT program, Lana spent time at District One Hospital in Faribault as a nurse’s aide on the surgical floor. “I was working with older people who had undergone total knee and hip replacements. I helped with everything from bathing and other bathroom needs to shadowing the physical therapists and observing their work on specific cases.”
Lana also did some clinical work at the Institute of Athletic Medicine in Minneapolis and Rehab One in Faribault.
Most valuable internship lesson: “You learn how to communicate — and to talk to patients and your fellow classmates with confidence. The time you spend in the field before you’re out on your own really does benefit.”