Photo courtesy of Brandon Hawker
Brandon Hawker proudly accepted his diploma at ISU's graduation ceremony Saturday, May 5, 2012. Hawker says, "It's been a long time coming."
Brandon Hawker, 35, of Moreland received his doctorate degree in physical therapy over the weekend; a goal that he has been working towards for several years.
â€śI went back to ISU in 2007 to finish my bachelorâ€™s degree in exercise science, and was fortunate to get right into the doctor of physical therapy program at ISU in 2009 which took an additional three years of intense schooling to complete,â€ť said Hawker.
Classes and qualifications for ISU's DPT Education program includes extensive coursework aimed at preparing therapists to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and treat physical ailments related to movement. Additionally there are five clinical rotations in different settings to acclimate students to the working environment. (hospital, outpatient, pediatric, neurologic, rural, home health, etc.) ISU also provides additional training through on-site practice in an outpatient clinic on campus.
Hawker is a native of Blackfoot and a graduate of Snake River High School. He and his wife, Amber have four children who have patiently been waiting for this day.
â€śWe told the kids that when Brandon got through school we would go to Disneyland, and the very day we got word that Brandon passed his national boards we made reservationsâ€ť said Amber Hawker.
She went on to say, â€śWe got a piece of mail from ISU a couple of weeks ago addressed to Dr. and Mrs. Brandon Hawker. It was very rewarding to see that title next to Brandonâ€™s name. I placed it on a shelf in our living room as a reminder of all the effort it has taken, and how good it feels to be where we are now.â€ť
Brandon will be working alongside Ryan Hurst, DPT at Blackfoot Physical Therapy, where his parents, Scott and Patricia Hawker have been since the business opened in 1997. In addition, Brandon is making preparations to provide physical therapy services in-home.
â€śI think it is a good fit. There are people who have a bit of a wait following surgery before they are able to come to outpatient therapy. This would allow us to meet their needs in-home if they canâ€™t make it into the clinic right away,â€ť said Hawker. "Amber and I have lived in several different places, but Blackfoot has always been home. Iâ€™m glad to be working in this community among family and friends."