Kyndra Syms '21 graduated in May, earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy. Now, as she prepares to take her board exams this summer, she looks back on what motivated her to pursue her degree, and she shares advice with her fellow graduates.
It is my desire to practice as a family physician and pursue stateside medical missions within the lower income and underserved populations in America.
Andrea "Rudy" Reliford
Having two career paths that complement each other allows me to be involved in patient care from start to finish; either from the onset of their injury, or after their surgery, to full recovery. I enjoy making the connections and establishing a cooperative bond and trust with each client as we work towards achieving their goals.
During my time at Samford, I developed an interest in research and evidence-based practice that encouraged me to pursue training that would allow me to develop these interests into a career. I plan to utilize the clinical skills and knowledge obtained at Samford to inform future research.
Samford prepared me not only with knowledge of the many different classes I took, but with professionalism and discipline. It has prepared me how to work with other people and build professional relationships as well. No matter what profession I end up in, I know that I have the skills to lead, work hard, and become better each day.
Samford laid the foundation for my faith to lead me through my career. Samford’s faith-based academics helped me remember my career is more than a job. My career is a calling. When you recognize your career as a calling to Christ, and are obedient to that calling, you are much more inclined to perform to your highest potential.
Laura Malnati, D.P.T., PT, OCS, CSCS, CWC
I combine my passion for community wellness with my training and experience as a physical therapist. I teach group fitness classes, coach and teach individual clients and work with other locals to build a healthier and happier community.