Q&A with Physical Therapist Adrianne Stelmack ’16

In 2017, Adrianne Stelmack began her career in physical therapy after earning her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Westfield State University in 2016. She earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in 2020, where she worked in the cadaver lab and completed a research paper examining the effectiveness of videos for teaching gross anatomy to first-year physical therapy students. 

Stelmack’s goals for her patients include education, facilitating independence, improving quality of life, maximizing patient's functional status, and returning them to the things they love to do. Continue reading for a brief Q&A with Stelmack. 

How did you decide to go into physical therapy? 

As a track and cross-country athlete both in high school and at WSU, I had my fair share of injuries. I was a physical therapy patient many times myself and learned how it can make such a significant impact in somebody's life. Anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology have always fascinated me. This along with my passion for exercise drew me to the field. 

What is the most rewarding part of your work? 

The most rewarding part of my work is when a patient comes in smiling because their pain levels are improving, and they are beginning to return to their previous activities. Discharge day is always bittersweet because it indicates the patient has achieved their goals, but our time together has come to an end! I enjoy empowering patients by educating them about their injuries and giving them the tools to continue to take care of themselves independently. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at WSU? 

I immensely enjoyed my years at WSU, it is nearly impossible to pinpoint one specific memory. I met my fiancé and best friends at WSU, and I will always be grateful for that. 

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