After working for 11 years as a physical therapy assistant at Bacharach, Trish Byrne, DPT, PT wanted to become even more skilled at her profession, deciding to go back to school for her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree more than a decade later.
“There were so many factors that went into me wanting to further my education,” said Trish. “As a mother of two with a daughter with a disability, I wanted to ensure that I could support them and be there when they needed me. I also really, really enjoy my job and working for Bacharach, so I wanted to be more knowledgeable and stay up-to-date on patient-centered care.”
Trish enrolled in Neumann University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which has a nontraditional, weekend format and allows students to finish their degree in three years. Since the program is accelerated, each year is broken into trimesters with a very short break in between. Although all the coursework is offered on weekends, the three clinical education experiences take place during the week, which was difficult for Trish to manage.
“Juggling family, school and a full-time job was incredibly challenging,” said Dr. Byrne. “When I had my clinical education experiences, I had to take an educational leave at Bacharach, but the entire staff was very understanding. They were encouraging throughout the entire process and even offered me a helping hand when I needed it.”
After graduating in May 2015, Trish’s hard work paid off and she accepted a position as physical therapist at Bacharach’s Cape May Court House facility.
“It was a group effort. I don’t think I could have completed my education without the tremendous support from my husband and staff members at Bacharach,” said Dr. Byrne. “I’m excited to be able to spend more time with my family as well as take on more responsibilities at work. I have a lot to look forward to.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Byrne, please call 609-463-9944.