Erwin Benedict Valencia

Erwin ValenciaWhat attracted you to Plymouth State’s graduate program? To be part of a brand new program in a beautiful, small New England campus. Well, that and a very enticing conversation with the program’s director at the time, Dr. Julie Bernier.

Where are you now employed? Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club

How are you implementing knowledge gained during your program? I was trained and educated by a great staff and faculty to push the envelope on what I could achieve. Working at the “ground level” of athletic training at both Plymouth’s DIII sports programs and the private schools around the area made me appreciate the road ahead much better. I was fortunate enough to find myself just constantly soaking in the moment each time I “moved up a level” in the profession. At Yale University my quest to integrate the knowledge I learned in PT School and at the ATC program at Plymouth quenched my thirst for new experiences in both clinical and research worlds. In New York City, I set myself apart being dual credentialed in the “proper manner” (through accredited programs instead of the internship route) which solidified my definition of self. And experiencing the Minor Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates would’ve completely humbled me to the brink of leaving the profession if it were not for the resourcefulness I learned at Plymouth. Currently being the Major League Rehabilitation Coordinator in Pittsburgh has made me look back saying that it truly was “fate” that brought me together with Dr. Julie Bernier, and that began my journey to the Major Leagues starting with a site-unseen, cross-country, leap-of-faith act.

What would you say to a student who is considering graduate school? Imagine learning in an environment that not only harbors the potential knowledge and skill that is within all of us, but also with that environment being truly beautiful, set on the foothills of the White Mountains of New England. Not a bad place to be for two years of your life or so…

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