“I became a Physical Therapist Assistant for one reason and that was to help people. When I was 15 years old, my mother and I were in a bad motor vehicle accident which broke her neck and crushed her right ankle. After seeing what she went through and the importance of physical therapy in her recovery, I knew I wanted to help others like my mother.”
Chantry received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Wallace State Community College and has been a clinician for six years. He has worked for Encore Rehabilitation for one year, treating patients at the Encore Rehabilitation offices in Haleyville and Russellville. Chantry is also a Certified Personal Trainer.
Chantry continues, “I love seeing people thrive and meet new people. I have developed some good friendships that stand to this day. I was a sports fanatic and so I love to see athletes get back to what they love to do and have success. I believe all of us therapists desire to make a difference.”
Wallace State Community College and Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce invited 8th Grade Students from across the Greater Cullman area to come explore hands-on a variety of careers and professions at the Cullman Area Career Awareness Fair on November 7, 2017. Almost 1,000 students attended the event held at Wallace State in Hanceville, Alabama.
Sharing their passion for athletic training and rehabilitation are Encore Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers l-r: Gage Brewer; Dewayne Fortenberry; Adrianne Borland; and Jessica Burnetti with Occupational Therapy Assistant Leslie Perry. Also representing Encore Rehabilitation at the event were Adrian Dickerson and Bo Shirey.
Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. was proud to share the fields of Athletic Training-Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Encore Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers worked with students to teach the proper way to place an individual onto a spine board when there is a suspected neck or spine injury. The Athletic Trainers also discussed the need for taping in sports and activities to provide greater stability and prevent injury and some students received a taping to their ankle. Therapists were on hand to share how physical therapy and occupational therapy can help individuals recovering from an accident, injury or illness.
Best of success to all of the students in attendance!
Beginning a new career path at age 41 was not easy but Barry Haisting shares, “Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant is by far the best career decision I’ve made!”
“When I began this career path 8 years ago, my interest was based around athletics and returning athletes to play. Since then, I would say my interest has definitely changed to helping others return to work and independence,” he expressed. Barry is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Encore Rehabilitation of Haleyville.
Previously to receiving his PTA degree from Wallace State Community College, he had received a business degree from Northwest Shoals Community College. Happy to be treating patients, Barry has been in the physical therapy field for 8 years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for 4 years.
Happy National Physical Therapy Month, Barry! We appreciate all you do!
Congratulations to Tori Sanders and Kolby Wall who were chosen as a double edition of the Arab Clinic Athlete of the Month! Tori is a junior and Kolby is a senior at Brindlee Mountain High School. They are both multi-sport athletes and have done well in their sports career.
Tori has been playing on the Lady Lions varsity basketball team for 3 years and the softball team for 4 years. A few of her sports awards consist of All-County Basketball (2 years), All-County MVP for Softball, 2015 AL State Power Lifting Best Squat Overall Weight Class and 3rd place on the girls team. Apart from her sports awards, she has a 3.9 GPA. Tori is the daughter of Helen and Leslie Sanders.
Kolby has been a member of the varsity LionsFootball, Track, and Weightlifting teams for 4 years now and wears the jersey number 27. His sports awards consist of All-County Linebacker and 1st Place in the 2015 Alabama State Powerlifting competition for his weight class. He has a 3.3 GPA and plans to attend Wallace State Community College for 2 years and then transfer to a 4 year college to major in Physical Therapy. Kolby is the son of Jonathan Wall.
Congratulations to both athletes, again! And good luck this fall!
Congratulations to Morgan Smith who was chosen as the Cullman Clinic Athlete of the Month. Morgan, also known as “Mojo“, is a 5’10”, sophomore, athlete at Wallace State Community College majoring in education. She is a member of the Lady Lions basketball team and wears jersey number 21. Originally a Cullman native, Morgan graduated from Cullman high school (where a lot of talent seems to develop) and played basketball for the Lady Bearcats. Just this year, she has racked up two impressive awards: the 2015 First Team All Region and 2015 Alabama Community College Conference Player of the Year. We are sure there are many more in the future for Morgan.
Morgan is the daughter of Leslie and Gary Holland, and David Smith.
Congratulations to the Arab Clinic Athlete of the Month, Haley Flack! Haley is a senior, basketball player at Brindlee Mountain High School. She has played on the Lady Lions varsity basketball team for 4 years and was awarded All Area two years in a row. She is also a member of the 1000 point club. After graduation, Haley plans to attend Wallace State to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. Haley is the daughter of Cerett Morrow and David Flack.
Congratulations to the Hartselle Encore Athlete of the Month, Luke Randolph! Luke is a senior from Falkville High School and has been a member of the Blue Devils basketball team (#20) for three years. He has a 4.2 GPA and plans to attend Wallace State Community College for Diesel Mechanics after he graduates in the spring. Luke is the son of Yancey and Julia Randolph. Good luck the rest of basketball season, Luke! Keep up the good work.
Congratulations to the Cullman Encore Athlete of the Month, Austin Smith! Austin is a senior at Holly Pond high school and a member of the Bronco’s basketball team, who is currently ranked #1 in the state for class 3A. He is averaging 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks per game. (He can also make dunking look really easy.) After graduation, Austin plans on attending Wallace State Community College and majoring in Accounting. His parents are Brian Smith and Leslie Osborn. Good luck Austin, keep up the good work!