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Part 2: Mitali Bahinipati Prepares to Follow in Her Father’s Footsteps
H ello, everyone! I’m taking over the newsletter University of Evansville in fall 2020. As you may remember from my father’s cover article last month, I plan to eventually study physical therapy with the hopes of returning to Synergy Therapeutic Group someday. Of course, this plan isn’t that far-fetched for me. I have always had an attraction to being around people and studying anatomy. Even as a little girl, I would sit at the kitchen table with my mom to review the bones and muscles in the body. I was fascinated with the way our bodies worked from a young age, and this curiosity made me believe that I was destined for a career as a doctor. But a few years ago, the prospect of medical school was no longer appealing. My love for anatomy and physiology was still there, but the desire to work in a hospital was not. Meanwhile, I would continually see patients improving after their appointments with my dad at Synergy Therapeutic Group. People would often leave our clinic with happy smiles, not the pain they came in with. That was the kind of care that I wanted to provide patients. I didn’t want to spend my life continually treating people with painful procedures or medical methods that were no longer working. I had been around physical therapy my whole life, but it wasn’t until I was confronted with what I truly wanted to do when I grew up that I realized it could be a career option. Since this realization, my dad has been getting me more involved in the clinic. (You may have even seen me helping out!) I’ve been observing and hearing people’s stories throughout their journey to healing, and it’s only fueled my passion for this career. responsibilities from my parents this month so I can share my story. I began my senior year of high school this fall, and I’m actively working toward my goal of attending the
Within the next year, I’m excited about the possibility of continuing my education at the University of Evansville. I knew Evansville was the place for me because my fear of college eased during my tour there. I was homeschooled until second grade, and since then, I have had less than 20 peers in each classroom. Evansville gave me that same close-knit vibe rather than the vastness of lecture halls and massive classes. Professors even knew their students’ names! The cherry on top was the fact that Evansville has an amazing physical therapy program with all brand-new equipment. After six years of schooling — possibly at Evansville — I know my dad wants me to visit other facilities and learn more through residencies and programs. Wherever I end up, I know I can’t wait to become fully engrossed in a field that has long fascinated me.
And someday you just might see me offering treatment back where it all began: Synergy Therapeutic Group.
— Mitali Bahinipati
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