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Lindsey Weisensel, ’14 + ’16, exercise science and physical therapy major, Rosemount, Minn

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Robert Marks

A fourth-year exercise science major, Lindsey Weisensel enrolled in Carroll University’s rigorous Physical Therapy Program. She “loves helping people” and pursues a psychology minor because the valuable skills will assist her in the patient healing process.

She will complete a Bachelor of Science degree in spring 2014. Lindsey will then continue in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program with expected completion in 2016. She hopes to specialize in spinal cord injury and aquatic therapy.

Back home, a health care careers course opened Lindsey’s eyes to the medical field. In high school, she volunteered at the Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minn. She also draws inspiration from her two sisters, a pharmacist and a nurse, who both work at the Mayo Clinic in her home state.

Over the summer of 2013, Lindsey participated as a subject within two Pioneer Scholars studies, “Proximal force and muscle changes of barefoot vs. shoe running” conducted by Dr. Sara Deprey, Dr. Amy McQuade and senior Marissa Mader, and “The effects of repeated single-leg squats and functionally increased pain on strength, muscle activity and mechanics in those with and without patellofemoral pain” by Dr. David Bazett-Jones and senior Angela Sondalle. She eagerly awaits the results of these intense experiments.

Lindsey is enjoying her fall courses. She finds the foundational Professional Practice course exciting as it marks official entrance into the PT program. Biomechanics, Human Behavior Learning and Exercise Physical Therapy round out a hefty 16-credit load. “It’s a lot of work, but I’m always learning, and that’s exciting,” she says.

Beyond the classroom, Lindsey helps welcome and acclimate new students as a Carroll orientation mentor and planner. In addition, she gives in-home care three times a week to a Brookfield patient with multiple sclerosis.

When not busy studying or volunteering, Lindsey trains for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco this October. She also enjoys cooking and kayaking.

Written by Jenna Villanova ’14

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