September 23, 2021

Family tragedy leads student to two Arnold School degrees, career in physical therapy

By: Chardonnay Ismail


Jennifer Heiser watched her father recover from a stroke and go through physical therapy. After attending his therapy sessions, she knew she wanted to pursue a career that would positively impact people’s lives.

Heiser graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, followed by a doctorate at UofSC physical therapy program this year. Currently, “Heiser works as a clinical physical therapist while looking into additional training through a neurologic residency. Long term, she would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Exercise Science to continue conducting research, particularly in the areas of patient advocacy and advancement of the field.”


Heiser believes her past experiences shaped her to be the person she is and hopes to continue her career path by helping others like those who helped her father.


Read the full story, written by Erin Bluvas, on the Arnold School of Public Health website.

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