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Dustin Downing

1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I have been practicing for one year.

2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist, and what inspired your career choice?
My years of volunteer work further solidified my love for working with people. I have had the opportunity to work with a large variety of cultures and personalities. I always have had an interest in fitness and healthy living, and the field of physical therapy presented as a great “marriage” of my interests.

3. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
Dr. Robert Manske, DPT, who was our Program Chair from Wichita State University.

4. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
At SCPT, there’s a fast-paced clinical environment and we see a large variety of diagnoses. We have a great clinical staff, which provide an academic atmosphere conducive for continued learning.

5. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies and ways that you stay active?
I enjoy exercising (functional resistance training, biking, and swimming). I also sing, as well as play the guitar and drums, both recreationally and for my church.

6. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I have been on a Hawaiian news station before. Also, I love to surf.

7. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Building a rapport with patients and being able to see our patients’ progress.

8. Do you support any local charities?
Our home parish of St. Joseph’s is very involved in the community.

9. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak a little conversational Spanish.

10. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
Mother Teresa, Scott Hahn (Biblical scholar) and Tim Staples (author/speaker).

11. What are three things you cannot live without?
Faith, family, and all types of curry!

12. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
I would love to visit Switzerland.

13. Who or what inspires you?
Passionate people.