For Lorene Young ’13, majoring in physical therapy was just another avenue for her to continue doing what she enjoyed most – being active in sports related activities. Growing up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Young spent much of her time outdoors participating in activities such as white water rafting, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. At age 10, she got involved with cross-country and track and continued to stay active through her college years at Oregon State University (OSU).

She graduated from OSU with a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science with a minor in psychology. She is currently in Pacific’s doctor of physical therapy program.

Young chose Pacific for its family-like atmosphere. She also believes that the program is unique for the cohesiveness of the students and their overall goal to provide the best patient care. “As students, we understand that we are in this together and will help each other out in any way possible so that our future patients will be getting the best care we are capable of giving,” said Young.

As an athlete, Young spent countless hours in the training room to either receive treatment for her injuries or to prevent future ones from occurring. She says her athletic trainers inspired her to pursue a career in rehabilitation and when she knew she didn’t want to work solely with athletes, she started observing physical therapists.

“Each observation experience was a confirmation that I could enjoy physical therapy as a career. Not only did I find the science behind physical therapy to be very interesting, I also found it to be fulfilling because it gave patients an opportunity to return to whatever makes them happy,” commented Young.

A doctor of physical therapy degree is just the beginning with countless career development opportunities. With that in mind, Young has set out to discover a physical therapy setting that would be the best fit for her after graduation. Her experiences in physical therapy are in an outpatient orthopedic setting and a neurological acute rehabilitative setting.

“I am interested in an outpatient orthopedic setting but I am also currently doing volunteer work with two patients who have had spinal cord injuries. These patients have really inspired me to work in the neurological acute rehab setting. In fact my last clinical experience was in this exact setting and I absolutely loved it. So, we will see what the future brings!”, says Young.

Living an active lifestyle, Young has been able to accomplish some of her personal goals. She did the tallest tandem sky dive in the world at 15,000 feet, bungee jumped, was the team captain for the cross-country and track team at OSU and was one of the top 10 runners for the 10K, 5K, and indoor 3K competitions. She also studied abroad in New Zealand at the University of Otago and had the opportunity to stay with a Maori tribe on their Marae (sacred meeting place).

Young and her class are planning the annual 5K Tiger Dash and ½ mile Cub Run scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2012 at University of Pacific, main campus. To support the students and register for the event, visit



By Dua Her '09
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