Foothills Physical Therapy April 2019

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THE LIFE ANDTIMES OF GEORGE P. BURDELL

FROM THE DESK OF Tom Thoman

MEET CORY AND ASHTEN!

Cory earned her B.S. in Applied Exercise Science from the University of New England in 2013 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2016. Cory is a firm believer in patient-centered care. In her work at Foothills Physical Therapy in Cornish and Massabesic Health Resources in Waterboro, she gets patients back to the activities they enjoy most, giving them the tools they need to be successful during and after their rehabilitation.

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In her personal time, Cory enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, and baby, Noah.

Whether April Fools’ Day is a time-honored western tradition or a tired, unfunny festival of eyerolls depends on who you ask. Ask the mom who just got blasted with water via the old “rubber band on the sink sprayer” trick, and you’ll probably find the latter. But ask the kid who planted the trap, and you’ll get a hearty, cackling endorsement. Even if you’re sick of watching your back on April Fools’ Day and tired of the corporate cash grabs masquerading as (mostly) bad jokes that pop up like clockwork every year, you still have to give it up for the classics. Even the most bitter among us must admit that some pranks are so clever, elaborate, and inspired that they deserve their place in the annals of history. The name “George P. Burdell” will certainly reverberate through the hall of hoaxes for decades to come. Never make a clerical error with a young student who has too much time on his hands. In 1927, when William Edgar Smith was mistakenly sent a second enrollment form for the Georgia Institute of Technology, he had an idea. Combining the name of his then-principal, George P. Butler, with Burdell, the maiden name of his best friend’s mother, he enrolled the fictitious George P. Burdell in the prestigious university. Next, Smith signed Burdell up for all his same classes and, for the next four years, completed every bit of his schoolwork twice — once under his own name and once under Burdell’s, changing a few details here and there and varying his handwriting slightly so as not to raise suspicion. GEORGE COMES TO LIFE

Ashten earned her B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Maine, where she also ran track and field. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. Ashten is experienced in treating people of all ages with a variety of orthopedic injuries and conditions. With her sports background, she enjoys treating athletes so they can continue doing what they love. In her leisure time, you’ll find Ashten outdoors with her husband, Kelton, and doggy, Jasper, skiing, hiking, and exploring the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.

- Tom

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