Dr. Theresa Pudlo knew she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy when she came to UW-Parkside. The rehabilitation experience she had following a high school knee injury set her mind on that career path. The faculty she met at UW-Parkside knew how to help her reach that career goal.
"With the help and support of some very special professors, including Dr. Dave Bruning and Dr. Bryan Lewis, along with the psychology and biology curriculum offered at Parkside, I was able to develop a solid foundation," Dr. Pudlo said. "That enabled me to develop the complete package: a clear goal, a great work ethic, strong people skills, and the desire to gain the knowledge necessary to become an effective and caring physical therapist."
After graduation, Dr. Pudlo was accepted at Des Moines University helping to continue UW-Parkside's impressive 86 percent acceptance rate for students applying to professional graduate schools. As a graduate student, the lessons she learned at UW-Parkside helped her succeed at this higher level.
"I clearly remember my first week of physical therapy school and I could not help but think of Professor Bruning. Everyday, I saw myself doing things he had taught me or repeating things in my head that he had said to me. When I was enrolled in his physics class I never could have imagined how much I would learn from Dr. Bruning in a year," she said, adding: "I was and still am struck by the passion of all my Parkside professors. They truly have inspired me."
While her in-class experiences have stayed with her, Dr. Pudlo said she also looks back fondly on her experiences as an active part of UW-Parkside's social scene."Like any experience, college is what you make of it. There are lots of things to do around campus," she said. Then she offered this advice: "Meet new people, try new things, and get involved!"