Alumni Spotlight: Richard T. Greenfield Jr. '12
BA, Psychology, Arcadia University
Huntingdon Valley, PA
Ship's Physical Therapist
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy?
During my time in undergraduate school, I had to rehabilitate from a musculoskeletal injury. That first-hand experience led me to see how important it was to keep athletes healthy on the field. As I started to volunteer as an aide at physical therapy clinics, I began to realize health and function aren't solely important to athletes, they are essential to the welfare of entire communities. It was the principle of community engagement that really pushed me towards the field of physical therapy.
what clubs or organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?
One of the most memorable and influential experiences I have of my time at Widener was creating and growing the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. I know I can speak for my fellow classmates when I say how proud we are of our time there and how much it has grown!
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering widener's dpt program?
To any prospective student considering Widener, I would tell them that the education and experience they will earn in this program will directly prepare them to excel in any setting or field they choose to work in. The exceptional staff and opportunities to manage the student-run clinic are unique; you will be able to set yourself apart from your peers.
how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?
Learning the ropes as a student board member of the CCPT clinic directly prepared me for the roles I have to take on in the Navy as a clinic manager and leader. As a PT in the Navy, I have to wear multiple hats. If I hadn't had the experience of growing and managing a clinic at Widener, the learning curve would have been much steeper.