Brooke McIntosh

Towson, MD

Distance education enabled her to make a significant impact on both her profession and community

As a recent alumni of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program Brooke McIntosh has made a significant impact on both the physical therapy profession and her local community. Brooke graduated from the University of St. Augustine with strong leadership skills and a desire to contribute to the greater good.

Brooke started a pre-physical therapy mentorship program in her clinic, Active Life & Sports Physical Therapy in Perry Hall, Maryland. The program mentors undergraduate student employees through the search and application process to DPT educational programs and prepares these students for the first semester of physical therapy school by participating in an eight week basic anatomy and medical terminology study group. Dr. McIntosh volunteers her time at the Baltimore County YMCA to perform injury screening assessments as well as the United Way emerging leaders volunteer program. She is a member of the 2016 Physical Therapy Day of Service sponsorship team, which in 2015 brought together 3,700 members of the physical therapy community to volunteer 11,490 hours of community service and raised $745,190.

In addition to her community service efforts Brooke is making an impact both nationally and internationally in the physical therapy profession. She has presented on the topics of branding, mentorship, and social networking at several physical therapy conferences including the APTA Combined Sections Meeting and APTA National Student Conclave. Moreover, Brooke will present her case report titled "Thoracic manipulation and adjuvant exercise as a component of postoperative rotator cuff repair rehabilitation" at the 2016 International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

"My time at USA set me up to not only be a great clinician, but also a leader. I would encourage anyone who was thinking of pursuing a career in physical therapy to attend USA."