Pre-Physical Therapy Club

Our main goal is to provide students interested in physical therapy with information and advice about the program, and give you a better understanding of PT and the DPT program at ECU. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at ECU is very competitive but membership in the Pre-PT Club will help to prepare you for the application process, enable you to meet the faculty, as well as allow you to learn about physical therapy from PT's who practice in the area. It will also help you form a network of contacts that can assist you on your road to success.

Joining the Pre-Physical Therapy Club is as simple as creating an account on OrgSync and requesting to become a member of our chapter at:

OrgSync is a web-based platform and community management system that centralizes student involvement and streamlines campus and organization communication.

Faculty Advisors


Kimberly Arnold, President
Exercise Physiology

Sam Niland, Vice President
Exercise Physiology

Virginia Day, Secretary
Health Fitness

Please feel free to contact any of us with questions or suggestions for the club.


We usually have three club meetings per semester. Every meeting includes either a workshop or speaker presentation who will discuss physical therapy, various programs, or PT-related issues. They will also offer advice on succeeding with your application process. Lastly we will offer volunteer events that help to get undergraduates involved with graduate students and DPT faculty.

Volunteer Experience

One of the requirements for admission to the DPT program is to provide evidence of exposure to the practice of physical therapy. The best way to do this is through volunteer work. Below is a list of volunteer sites in eastern North Carolina. Remember: two of the three letters of reference submitted with your application must be from licensed physical therapists who supervised your PT experience. A minimum of 100 volunteer hours is encouraged.

Location Type of Setting Contact Person Phone Number
Vidant Medical Center In-patient acute or rehab Volunteer Services 252-847-4491
Beverly Healthcare-Greenville     252-758-4121
Britthaven of Ayden   Ray Louse, PT 252-746-8223
Kinectic PT Outpatient orthopedics David Edwards 252-364-2806
Fountains at the Albemarle   Karen Gaither, PTA 252-823-2799
Greenfield Place     252-830-9100
Heritage Hospital   Laura McBurnett, PT (PT manager) 252-641-7718
Tar River Manor   Sidney Powell, PT 252-758-7100
Therapeutic Innovation   Tamiko O'Neal (office manager) or Jean Lambert, PT (Owner) 252-321-6001
Orthopedics East Outpatient orthopedics Sandy Spence 252-757-2663
Therapeutic Life Care Pediatrics Barb or Pam 252-830-0245
East Carolina University PT Outpatient orthopedics; sports Alex Durland 252-744-0172
East Carolina University PT Outpatient orthopedics; geriatrics Sarah Johnson 252-744-9669
Golden Living Center Skilled nursing facility Marsha Thomas 252-758-4121
Wilson Medical Center   Eric Dergin 252-399-8147
Martin General in Williamston   Dean McCall 252-809-6319
Carolina East Medical Center   Dale Lackey 252-633-8020
ViQuest Outpatient orthopedics   252-847-2273

Shadowing at Vidant Medical Center

Contact Lisa Lassiter in Human Resources to complete the paperwork and then contact Glen Newman at 252-847-4443 to set up a shadow opportunity for up to 3 weeks.