Student Ambassadors | Physical Therapy

Each year approximately 30 PT Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to be the student voice of the DPT program.  All of our Ambassadors are actively involved in campus culture and the local Physical Therapy community, and work closely with the Admissions Office to provide an invaluable resource for prospective students.

We encourage you to speak with a current student about their experience applying to and choosing Pacific University's School of Physical Therapy.  Ambassador's emails are provided below, and they will be happy to help you learn why Pacific is the school for you!

Please follow our program Facebook page to hear from current students and learn about program events.

Students

Heather Higashi

Class of 2019

Email | higashih@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | Seattle University, Sport and Exercise Science

Hometown | Mililani, HI

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific University because of the welcoming atmosphere that I felt on interview day and throughout my application process. I felt a sense of community and family here at Pacific, and I knew that I could thrive as a student because of this!”

Hobbies | Hiking, running, cooking, going to the beach, and exploring new places

PT Student Activities | Student ambassador, APTA member

 

Rachel Karpelowitz

Class of 2018

Email | karp3629@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University of Oregon, Psychology

Hometown | Seattle, WA

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "Pacific’s community immediately attracted me and I knew right away that I would be welcomed and valued. Faculty and students are all one big team working hard to create the best future Physical Therapists we can, and we are all dedicated to bettering the lives of others and being advocates for our patients.”

Hobbies | Ultimate frisbee, camping, hiking, going to the opera/theater, spending time on the Oregon coast

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, Graduate Assistant PT Admissions, Salud, Go-Baby-Go volunteer, PT Night Out

 

Paul Wilson

Class of 2017

Email | Pwilson09@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | Azusa Pacific University, Athletic Training

Hometown | Placentia, California

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "One of the main reasons I chose Pacific is the value they place on service. The university runs a clinic on campus that provides high quality physical therapy to patients who typically could not afford care. I was able to do an internship here last year and It was one of my favorite experiences of PT school so far.”

Hobbies | Hiking, backpacking, volleyball, camping, cycling, running, any other outdoor activities

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, intramural volleyball

 

Jillian Brune

Class of 2018

Email | Brun8402@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University of Nevada, Reno, Community Health Sciences

Hometown | Gardnerville, NV

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "Pacific’s facilities and faculty are not only the highest quality, but also the atmosphere is inviting and nurturing. We are in the midst of an extremely large and active community of healthcare professionals looking to be the finest providers and patient advocates. Additionally, we get summers to appreciate some down time and the endless outdoor adventures Oregon has to offer.”

Hobbies | Yoga, guitar, rock climbing, fly-fishing, performing arts, and eating!

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, indoor soccer intramurals

 

Jenni Hutchinson

Class of 2017

Email | mona4201@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | Montana State University, Biochemistry

Hometown |  Billings, MT

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific University because of the professional atmosphere throughout the Health Professions campus. This beautiful, newer campus is set-up just for graduate students in various health professions. I had already had the wonderful undergraduate experience in Montana and was looking for something different as I pursued my career. Being surrounded by other professionals has allowed me to connect and learn more about the other health professions as well.”

Hobbies | I love cooking, which is one of my major stress relievers along with Yoga. On the weekends, I enjoy fishing, hiking and exploring Oregon with my husband. I also enjoy reading biographies and fiction, watching Netflix documentaries and listening to various podcasts. I have played the flute since 3rd grade, but have slowed down since coming to Oregon for school.

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, former Graduate Assistant for PT school admissions

 

Kathryn Overton

Class of 2019

Email | katieoverton@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University of Wyoming, Kinesiology & Health Promotions

Hometown |  Sheridan, Wyoming

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific because it felt like home from the moment I walked in. There's an amazing family environment here, and it stuck with me.”

Hobbies | Yoga, Pilates, hiking, fishing, hunting, adventuring, foodie

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, Intramural Soccer

 

Rebecca Gasca

Class of 2018

Email | gasc7505@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  University of Washington, Psychology

Hometown |  Camarillo, CA

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the campus on interview day. I could tell the professors and students have close relationships. It was also apparent that the students genuinely enjoyed each other’s company and were willing to help each other out.”

Hobbies | Hiking, camping, swimming, climbing, rafting, kayaking, SUP’ing, skiing. I like experimenting with different kinds of exercise and trying new and different restaurants and bars around Portland with friends.

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, PT Night Out, Intramural basketball

 

Claudia Cordero

Class of 2019

Email | ccordero@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University of Nevada, Reno, Community Health Science

Hometown |  Dublin, CA

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "One of the many reasons why I chose Pacific was for the opportunity to do international clinical internships.”

Hobbies | Traveling, hiking, skiing, camping, working out, checking out restaurants and events in the Portland area, hanging out with friends and family

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador

 

Rachael Livingston

Class of 2017

Email | livi0328@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | Northern Arizona University, Exercise and Sport Science

Hometown | Baker City, Oregon

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "Proximity to so many outdoor activities and a wonderful program reputation.”

Hobbies | Hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, horseback riding, fly fishing

PT Student Activities | Intramural volleyball, Student Ambassador, 2017 Class President, planned class Ski Trips

 

Katelyn Means

Class of 2017

Email | mean4200@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University of Wyoming, Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Hometown |  Cheyenne, Wyoming

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I found the faculty to be personable, and liked the length of our internship rotations.”

Hobbies | Yoga, running, hiking, workout classes, wine tasting, cooking with seasonal and local  ingredients, trying new restaurants, hosting dinner parties and events, traveling, brunch-ing and adventuring anywhere outdoors.

PT Student Activities | CSM 2015 attendee, APTA and OPTA student member, Intramural Co-ed Basketball, Student Ambassador

 

Ashlee Holm

Class of 2019

Email | Holm8285@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University Wisconsin, Applied Science

Hometown |  Ogema, Wisconsin

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific because the faculty and students during my interview made me feel like this was my home away from home.”

Hobbies | I love to run and spend time with my fiancé and our dog, Rusty.  I also like to swim, hike, fish, hunt, hang out with friends and crochet.  

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador

 

Courtney Belt

Class of 2019

Email | belt7946@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major | Arizona State University, Kinesiology

Hometown |  Phoenix, Arizona

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific because of its location!”

Hobbies | Watch movies, hike, hang out with friends, participate in group exercise, and eat out!

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador

 

Tesse Maclejko

Class of 2019

Email | maciejko@gmail.com

Undergraduate Institution and Major | University of New Mexico, Exercise Science; MS in Sports Administration

Hometown |  Gunnison, Colorado

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific because I felt an instant connection. The people here are so nice and everyone involved or affiliated with the campus is so helpful and outgoing. In addition, the campus and facilities are amazing.”

Hobbies | Hiking, backpacking, fishing, camping, trail running, swimming, being outside

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, Intramural Soccer

 

Jamie Condiss

Class of 2019

Email | cond8159@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  University of Oregon, Human Physiology; University of New Mexico, Business Administration

Hometown |  Santa Fe, New Mexico

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "Pacific in known for graduating excellent Physical Therapists, and it has such a welcoming supportive environment.”

Hobbies | I love to hike, make pottery (wheel throwing), cook, read, and discover new restaurants, breweries, and vineyards.

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador

 

Erika Chason

Class of 2017

Email | emchason@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  University of California, Davis, Exercise Biology

Hometown |  Camarillo, CA

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "The community atmosphere created by students and faculty alike! I also loved the opportunity to do one of my internships abroad and would be happy to talk about my clinical experience in Italy.”

Hobbies | Running, soccer, traveling, hiking, trying new foods

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, Interdisciplinary Diabetes Clinic, Salud, Intramural co-ed football and soccer, community adult league soccer

 

Kenlyn Louie

Class of 2019

Email | kenlyn@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  University of Southern California, Human Performance

Hometown |  Issaquah/Bellevue, WA

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "The Pacific family is one of a kind. The faculty and my classmates are truly a level above. I also couldn't be happier with our location, Hillsboro has a great suburb vibe and we're not too far away from Portland either!”

Hobbies | I love baking and cooking, going on new adventures and explore, cheering on the Trojans and Seahawks!

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, APTA/OPTA member

 

Laura Truong

Class of 2017

Email | truo8736@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  Pacific University, Exercise Science with Integrated Physiology Emphasis

Hometown |  Portland, OR

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose to stay with Pacific because of the sincerity and commitment professors have for students to professionally grow”

Hobbies | Hiking, pick-up basketball games, checking out new restaurants, and going on spontaneous adventures

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, Undergrad Anatomy TA, Special Olympics, Intramural basketball

 

 

Lydia Jahn

Class of 2018

Email | jahn5066@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Kinesiology

Hometown |  Ukiah, CA

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I loved that we have summers off!”

Hobbies | Hiking, backpacking, knitting, eating out, traveling

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, Intramural soccer

 

 

 

Tanner Spade

Class of 2017

Email | tannerspade1@gmail.com

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  University of Wyoming, Kinesiology and health Promotion

Hometown |  Buffalo, WY

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "Oregon is a beautiful place and I had heard very high praise about how good physical therapists that graduate from Pacific are.”

Hobbies | Hiking, going to the movies and playing board games!

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador, APTA member, Intramural basketball, Flag football

 

 

 

Kylie Crawford

Class of 2019

Email | craw6331@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major |  University of San Diego, Behavioral Neuroscience

Hometown |  West Linn, OR

One Reason I Chose Pacific | "I chose Pacific for the quality and quantity of clinical rotations.”

Hobbies | Softball, hiking, short runs, trivia, brunch

PT Student Activities | Student Ambassador