Student Information

Student Name

Justine Sendecki




Internship Information

Company/Organization: HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Center

Mentor(s):Christina Polgar, Matthew Sofia, Ellen Ryan

Topic of Internship

Physical Therapy

Background Information

HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered By The Giants, is a state of the art Fitness & Wellness Center equipped with an unprecedented array of premier amenities to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. HackensackUMC’s medical expertise and the New York Giants’ fitness leadership make this center unique in Bergen County. HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Center not only acts as a gym facility but also as a center for integrative medicine. In April of 2014, the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine opened.

Summary of Internship

Every Thursday, I have been given the opportunity to witness a day in the life of a physical therapist. When I come in, I start my day the same each week. This involves preparing the GameReady machine that patients use after they receive their therapy. Otherwise, I fold towels and stock up the linen closet. I proceed by disinfecting all of the exercise equipment. After I am done with this procedure, I usually help my mentors with whatever they need. This includes making lumbar and cervical hot or icepacks for the patients to use either before or after they receive therapy. The best thing about my internship is getting to observe all the physical therapists with their patients. Each week I get to see patients who come to physical therapy for different reasons. I have seen patients of different ages as well. I notice the interaction the physical therapists have with their patients is very important. Each therapist knows how to make their patient feel comfortable and sure that therapy will significantly help them. Not only do I get to observe my mentors, I appreciate the advice they give me. I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to have an internship because it helps me sure that I want to pursue a career in physical therapy.

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