My name is Mariah Callas, and I am the president of the DPT Class of 2021. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science, and minors in Neuroscience and Dance. As a Pittsburgh native, I fell in love with the Cathedral of Learning far before I stepped foot onto Pitt’s campus as a student. After learning more about the opportunities Pitt has to offer, I decided it would be the perfect school to pursue my undergraduate, and now graduate education. Outside of the classroom, you can catch me (and the vast majority of the DPT Class of 2021) in the LA Fitness on East Carson Street, spending time with my family and friends, going on various adventures, reading, hugging dogs, dancing, and cheering loud in the stands at the Pitt football games.
After earning my DPT, I foresee myself working within the Indian Health Network for a few years to learn more about holistic medicine. I want to be able to treat each patient in a way that respects their individual beliefs, practices, and desires. In the future, I would love to work in an inpatient setting for patients who are recovering from a stroke, spinal cord injury, concussion, or other traumatic brain injury. After working as a practicing clinician for several years, I see myself treating patients with my two greatest passions: dance and neuroscience. I want to open my own clinic specifically focused on patients whom have neurological conditions with PTs, OTs, and Dance Movement Therapists on site. I envision making physical therapy a fun, as well as rewarding, experience for patients. Instead of patients walking on a treadmill for 15 minutes, they can feel free to work with the Dance Movement Therapist to move throughout the clinic in a way that is fun, safe, and effective for their individual treatment. I am confident that Pitt will prepare me to perform highly in each of these settings. Just one of the many reasons I will always Hail to Pitt!