MBS alumna Dr. Courtney Pepper ’15, a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy in Morristown, returned to campus on January 13 to speak with members of the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Club, Future Physicians of America, and the STEM Club to offer advice and discuss her career path.
Dr. Pepper was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball, and track) during her years at MBS, but everything changed during her junior year when she tore her MCL playing soccer and had to do a year of rehabilitation. Her misfortune turned into an opportunity, however, when she developed an interest in physical therapy and took several transformative courses at MBS including Sports Medicine with Kate Russo and Anatomy & Physiology with Dr. Marina Milinkovic.
She enrolled at the University of Delaware, a top-ranked school for physical therapy, where she earned a B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science. She later completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rutgers University – Newark and now works in Morristown for Professional Physical Therapy.
In a Q&A with students, she answered questions about selecting a college, the pros and cons of a fast track program, and the licensing and exams that are required for a physical therapist.
“I definitely feel that MBS prepared me well,” she told the students. “If you have an opportunity to take upper-level science courses here, definitely do it. Take advantage of all of the opportunities MBS provides.”