Mallory Miller, of Lockesburg, is interning with PEAK Therapy Services, an outpatient private practice clinic in De Queen, Arkansas.
Miller is a senior Exercise Science major at Southern Arkansas University in the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation. She is spending this fall semester under the direct supervision of both physical therapists and owners of PEAK, Tessa Moody and Heather Williams.
One of the ways that PEAK Therapy Services stands out from other outpatient clinical settings is that they are specialized in Dry Needling and Blood Flow Restriction, along with other modern treatment approaches.
“Being able to learn specific protocols and gain experience in such crucial techniques is something that I will never be able to thank them enough for,” said Miller. “When I first started, I was unaware of a lot of the physical therapy documentation abbreviations that are used in the clinic, but now I understand and can interpret them with ease. This will be very beneficial when I am in graduate school; I will be one step ahead of the game and for that I am truly grateful.”
Miller’s internship supervisor, Steven D. Dingman, recently visited the site and was very impressed with the excitement and enthusiasm at PEAK. Miller’s site supervisors “love her to death,” and they have gone above and beyond to help her prepare for her competitive admission to physical therapy school.
“I am so blessed to have a University that is devoted to helping their students achieve experience in their desired field of study. After being here for a couple of months, I have already gained confidence and know I will be able to take this knowledge with me once my internship has been completed,” added Miller.
The Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Department provides students in the Exercise Science and Sports Management degree programs an internship experience in their chosen profession. According to Dingman,chair of SAU’s HKR Department, “This venture in experiential learning is critical to the success of our students. Selecting and being accepted to the ‘best’ internship site is so important as they commonly lead to employment or, at a minimum, networking that provides the student an opportunity to enter the profession of their choice.”