Michelle Wessel

Physical Therapy Assistant Program Coordinator

Michelle Wessel
Main Campus
Health and Professional Careers, PC 113

Year Hired

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Science in in Biology
Masters of Health Administration

Professional Affiliations 
American Physical Therapy Association
Illinois Physical Therapy Association

How do you inspire your students to learn? I would hope my students would say I inspire them to learn on a very individual basis. That I take extra time with each student to ensure they learn at their highest, most capable level to make them successful clinical PTAs. In addition, I try to lead by example as I continue to manage didactic work with clinical work demonstrating to the students that learning never ends.

What did you do before you began teaching at Kaskaskia College? I began my clinical practice as a Physical Therapist in 2000 in an outpatient clinic. My focus since then has been in outpatient orthopedics, treating the entire lifespan. Prior to starting at Kaskaskia College, I also oversaw the Sports Medicine Program at Memorial Hospital. I was responsible for coordinating Athletic Training coverage and Physician coverage at seven local high schools. In addition, I marketed athletic and sports medicine care to local health care networks as well as ensured excellent health care was provided to those injured athletes throughout the continuum of care.

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