Virtu Arora, a practicing physical therapist for the past 15 years, earned her doctorate of physical therapy from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She recently made a generous equipment donation to Pacific’s Department of Physical Therapy (PT). Dr. Tamara Phelan ’08, Associate Professor, shared, “The equipment donated by Dr. Arora was so timely. One of the most difficult things in a program such as ours is to keep up with technology. Many of the items donated update significantly the technology that our students will use during their training. This is a real advantage, as our students will graduate with experience on some of the latest clinical equipment, improving their learning experience and making them more clinically prepared.”
Dr. Arora made this generous donation shortly after she moved from her private practice on Stockton’s Miracle Mile to Central Valley Physical Therapy (PT)/Movement for Life as Director of the Lymphedema Program. She is enjoying her new work setting explaining that Central Valley PT received the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2012 Jane L. Snyder Private Practice of the Year Award. Central Valley PT also employs four recent Pacific grads: Kyle Tattershall ’11, Jenny Cano ’11, Sara Belluomini ’11, and Pacific PT Alumni Association Board Member, Michelle Stephenson ’11. Virtu says, “Pacific graduates look like seasoned therapists already!”
Dr. Arora is a founding member of the Pacific Physical Therapy Leadership Council. “I hope to bring fresh ideas and connections to the community, and will continue to help promote Pacific. My goal is to contribute to the wonderful profession of physical therapy and to the future generations of physical therapists.”
Last August, Dr. Arora taught “Understanding Lymphedema – Role of a Physical Therapist” in the School’s Physical Therapy Fall Continuing Education Series. Arora is a Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certified physical therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and has completed advanced courses in Lymphedema management at Stanford University. “Lymphedema is a disease which is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of awareness and education,” explained Dr. Arora.
Dr. Arora is married to a Stockton physician and has two elementary age children. She recently was a key parent volunteer in the elementary school play; she also guides student groups for Science Olympiad and Math Olympiad, and is a board member of the San Joaquin Indian Association. Virtu exclaims, “University of the Pacific is close to my heart because I am invested in this community. Pacific is something positive in our community!”
By Susan Webster