After tearing her ACL in high school, Lana went through physical therapy — which opened her eyes to the physical therapy profession and made her healthy enough to play college-level volleyball.
Lana started as a biology major at St. Kate's, but then switched to Exercise and Sport Science. “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.”
“Being a student-athlete and an Exercise and Sport Science major, I would find myself constantly asking my teammates: ‘What hurts? Which muscle?’ I was thinking about what I learned in the classroom during volleyball practice.”
Lana's favorite class was Measurement and Evaluation. "It was a super hands-on course, and I’ve really liked all of the exercise and sports science (EXSS) courses I’ve taken.”
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.
Through her internships she described how “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.”
Outside of the classroom, Lana was 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.