40 Under 40: Lt. Shantel Blume ’13DPT

by Andrea Walls on May 8, 2020

40 Under 40: Lt. Shantel Blume ’13DPT

by Andrea Walls on May 8, 2020

LT. SHANTEL BLUME ’13DPT

Age 32

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapist dedicated to working with Native American populations, awarded by the Navajo Area for her work

Gallup, N.M.

Headshot of Shantel

Physical Therapy Highlights

My two-week pro bono experience providing physical therapy services to the underserved in St. Elizabeth Parrish, Jamaica was amazing. The icing on the cake was speaking at the Mütter Museum on behalf of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program about pro bono and experiential learning opportunities. 

Confidence and Competence

Arcadia gave me the opportunity to serve people in ways that I never imagined. From the experiential learning experiences in the greater Philadelphia area to the opportunities to study abroad, I built my confidence and competence in my clinical and interpersonal skills. The Arcadia experience ignited my love of serving underserved populations and ultimately led me to my current position with the Indian Health Service as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). 

What's Next

In the next five years, I plan to earn my Field Readiness Medical Badge (FMRB), be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and, perhaps most importantly, endow a scholarship to benefit underrepresented ethnic minorities entering the field of physical therapy.

Arcadia gave me the opportunity to serve people in ways that I never imagined.

- LT. SHANTEL BLUME ’13DPT