Scott Chesney, who suffered paralysis as a teen, shared his experiences with physical therapy students through his presentation, “Maximize the Connection with Your Patients.”

Chesney, who has been a speaking ambassador on behalf of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for the past year, said he forged a strong bond with physical therapists after he suffered a spinal stroke that left him paralyzed at age 15.

“I want these students to find out what’s driving them, what’s their passion and purpose. Their personal connection with their patient is so critical,” said Chesney.

Over the past decade, Chesney has shared his experiences with one million people in 38 countries. He approached Dr. Randy Walker, physical therapy department head and UC Foundation professor, on behalf of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to give the free presentation to students.

“I’d heard positive things about his sessions so it was a pleasure to have Chesney visit UTC. It’s important for the students to hear about how someone with a disability has lived their life, to understand their experience, it also helps them better relate to their patients,” said Walker.

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