“As a child I loved to visit the NYC Museum of Natural History’s sections about animals and evolution and the bones and that sort of thing,” said Marisol Salomon who is now studying health sciences at Boston University.” We caught up with past apprentice, Marisol Salomon, when she stopped by our office last summer. Her love of the world of human biology and anatomy led her from just looking at displays of anatomy to taking biology classes and finally getting hands-on experience through a Learning Web apprenticeship while she was in high school. “Biology has always been my favorite subject and the human body aspect and muscles and bones have always been my favorite part. And that’s a big part of rehabilitation!”
Marisol chose to apprentice at Cayuga Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Center at Island Health & Fitness with mentor, Kerry Peters. “Jorge [LW Apprenticeship Coordinator] and I went to visit a couple of physical therapy places,” Marisol said, “and I chose to apprentice at Island because I could see more there. It’s larger and I could have a broader experience. I was also interested in seeing more athletes and Island has a decent amount of athletes that get PT there . . . it has a wide variety of people from the elderly to teenagers in high school or little kids even.” Kerry Peters and Island’s other physical therapists opened up the world of PT for Marisol. “I actually found out that there were a lot of PT areas,” Marisol recalled. “I actually didn’t realize that you can specialize in different things. Island has really great variety in its staff where they have someone specializing in hand PT, lower extremity, upper extremity, spinal stuff and feet stuff. I didn’t realize that I could choose one of those and really deal with a lot of patients specifically on that.” Marisol’s thoughts for her future? “I do love what I’ve learned so far . . . my goal is to go to PT school after college. I’m not sure of what I’ll specialize in. Way in the future, after years of PT under my belt, I would like to open my own PT office. But that would be after working for quite awhile.”
Marisol’s fascination with human anatomy has grown into a passion for helping people. Her mentors fueled that passion and we know that the community will be enriched by the gifts that Marisol will bring as a Physical Therapist.