Matt says tight-knit community has enhanced his DPT experience

Name: Matt Lopez

Expected Graduation Year: May 2015

Degree earned: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Why did you choose Regis?
The service component of the program set Regis apart from all of the other physical therapy schools I researched. Regis focuses upon building complete and well-rounded health care professionals who serve their community by pursuing the Jesuit principles.

What has been your most memorable learning experience?
The most memorable learning experiences are those that occur during our clinical rotations. Being able to help others achieve their goals in rehab and return to the activities they love is extremely rewarding.

What is your favorite aspect of the DPT program?
The relationships I’ve built with my peers and professors are what make this program so special. The wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and talents of this group are unparalleled.

Tell me about your leadership role and how you’ve strived to make an impact.
I have been fortunate to serve as class president for the past two years and have served on an interdisciplinary graduate student council for two years as well. These positions have allowed me the opportunity to integrate various health professions and enhance my peers’ experience.

Who has been your most influential mentor as you pursued your degree?
One of my professors, Dr. Christian Little, has been particularly supportive. She serves as our class adviser and has mentored me in my presidential role as well as in my own personal journey. I am very grateful for her guidance.

How would you describe the Regis community?
The Regis community is a tight-knit family made of people who strive to use their education to have a positive impact on the world. I see my peers as close friends and some of my best resources in the years to come.