The Long Term Dancer
There’s a time in your life when you meet someone who is absolutely a standout. This happened to me when I met Ali Seymour. I first met Ali in 2011 when she contacted me about a long term career shadow opportunity through Park High School in Cottage Grove. The course was called “Honors Mentor Connection”, and Ali had to spend 8 hours per week with me for 16 weeks. Ask anyone who knows me, that’s a long haul! At the end of the course, she had to write up a presentation about physical therapy, and deliver it in a group setting with her other classmates. That’s how we got to know each other. I had no idea how much I would actually learn in that period of time. See, Ali is a very accomplished dancer, model, and student. She danced in high school for Spotlight Productions in Eagan, MN, and has continued her dance career on the competitive dance line with St. Catherines University, recently competing in a national competition in Florida. Her dance career was not without its share of roadblocks, however.
In 2012, Ali fell at a dance practice, resulting in an inversion type injury to her right ankle. If this were a typical sprain, she would be out a few weeks, requiring a short bout of physical therapy to restore range of motion, strength, and balance. Instead, a visit to the orthopedic surgeon showed a broken 5th metatarsal, requiring surgery to place a plate and some screws in her foot. She was in a boot for a number of weeks, and then started the process of therapy to learn to walk, jump, and run. She chose to come back to OSI in West St. Paul to allow me to help get her back on the dance floor. Walking in with a limp, she began the process of restoring herself to the competitive level of dance she was used to. It took a couple of weeks to get her muscles firing correctly to eliminate that limp I mentioned, and shortly after that, she was leaping through our clinic with renewed confidence!
I can say that I’m truly honored to know Ali, and I’m excited for the prospect to work alongside her once she completes her schooling to become a physical therapist! Thanks for being part of the OSI family Ali!