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Ashley (Koontz) Sturts '14 (BS) - Many exciting things here - I graduated from a sports medicine fellowship this summer at Penn State. Now I am a sports medicine physician with penn state health in Hershey, PA. My initial team position is with the local major arena soccer team - the Harrisburg Heat. Catch me on the sidelines! (12/23)

Meghan (O'Brien) Cooper '08 (BS) - Celebrating my one year anniversary at the Mayo Clinic as an Assistant Professor in Urology. (12/23)

Kristen Salter '22 (BS) - I will be attending Physician Assistant school at Mary Baldwin University’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences beginning January 2024! I miss all of my kinesiology professors and friends, but I know I have been prepared well for PA school by the department! (12/23)

Jessika Amaya '20 (BS) - I am in my first year of my MPO (Masters of Prosthetics and Orthotics) program at the University of Washington out in Seattle! I have worked first hand with patient models to fit them with upper extremity prostheses and orthoses (lower extremity will take place next year). I am also on a research team that is working to translate and validate a lower extremity orthoses outcome measures for Spanish speaking patients living in the United States. (1/23)

Morgan (Bucknor) Boucher '18 (BS) - I got married in December 2020 (during covid) ; relocated to Sydney Australia ; currently working on my PhD in Life and Environmental Sciences! (6/22)

Maria Kapral '12 (BS) - Part of the faculty for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency (positions on faculty - Clinical Mentoring Faculty, Skills Coordinator, Mentoring Coordinator)
- Published as sole author the protocol for Physical Therapy care (pre-op, acute care, post-op) for Gender Affirming Genital surgery for male to female care (penile inversion vaginoplasty) and will be presenting (in April) to the Acute Care team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to ensure utilization.
- The only PT at OSU to formally train for care of patients who are trans/gender non-binary!
- (upcoming in April and June) Presentations to the OSU Midwifery and Women’s Health NP students, the OSU Bariatric physician group on the role of pelvic health PT for their patients.
- (upcoming in June) Guest lecture to PT students at Creighton University (my DPT alma mater) on trauma-informed care for pelvic health PT. (3/22)

Phillip Firehock '21 (Minor) - This Fall I began with the inaugural Duke occupational therapy doctorate cohort. I am looking forward to applying the lessons learned in Adair hall to rehabilitation! (11/21)

Caitlin Dumm '21 (BS) - I was recently accepted to Physician Assistant school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where I will be attending next summer. I would love to be a resource for current W&M students pursuing the profession! (11/21)

Adam Bratton '06 (BS) - After 9 years serving in various roles, most recently overseeing the in-house Marketing agency, at the US National Whitewater Center (, I stepped away and created my own strategic business and marketing agency that supports outdoor industry clients with biz development, marketing strategy and tactics, partnership activation and product/brand launch. A bit closer to my undergrad degree, I have also developed a consumer facing brand called Human Powered Movement that not only serves as a prospecting funnel for my agency, but also facilitates greater human powered experiences via virtual challenges, in-person events, inspirational content, accountability and more. Both logos are intentionally green and gold as a nod to W&M. (10/21)

Katrina McTigue '17 (BS)- I am currently working for the Fairfax County Health Department on the COVID-19 response. I have enjoyed learning about population health and will apply knowledge learned to my clinical work, as I am going to physician assistant (PA) school next year. (9/21)

Maria Kapral '16 (BS)- I passed my specialty boards, and am now a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy, and recently gained my certification as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. I completed my Women’s/Pelvic Health PT residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUMC) in October 2020, and was immediately hired to work for OSUMC at the end of my residency. Since then, I have begun the protocol of care for our PTs across the continuum to address needed care for Gender Affirming genital surgeries in collaboration with the urologist performing these surgeries. Additionally, I’ve become a clinical faculty member to mentor the new Women’s/pelvic Health PT residents, and have taken on mentoring, instructing labs, as well as overseeing her skill development as the Skills Coordinator for her residency year (overseeing labs and competencies). After the departure of a colleague, I’ve also taken on the role of Mentoring Coordinator until a replacement can be found, so am now involved in coordinating the resident’s mentoring schedules and ensuring she is seeing appropriate diagnoses based on her current skills. I am loving work as a full fledged specialized PT, and am sorry that I’m missing homecoming again (I now work Saturdays). Love the email updates - helps me to feel connected in with Adair and the ongoing culture of W&M! (9/21)

Morgan (Bucknor) Boucher '18 (BS) - I finished my Masters of science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in June 2020. Now I've recently been lucky enough to make the move overseas to Sydney, Australia with my fiancee to complete my PhD in Life and Environmental sciences at The University of Sydney! Excited to call this place home for the next few years. (6/21)

Lesley Hunley '07 (BA) - I completed my Master of Public Administration degree in Public Administration and Public Affairs from Virginia Tech in May 2020. I previously earned a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech in 2018 and Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from W&M in 2010. After teaching and serving in administrative roles, I am starting my seventh year as Assistant Superintendent of Mathews County Public Schools. Not the typical path for most kinesiology majors, but I'm enjoying working in education and serving my hometown community! (6/21)

Yuntian Guan '17 (BS) - Just got my M.S. in Biological & Physical Sciences from UVA school of medicine. I'm continuing my doctoral work in the same department and lab (my degree will be in Pharmacology, projected defense year is 2023). Still doing exercise physiology research!  (6/21)

Patricia Parr '09 - My husband and I, in preparation for retirement, took a trip across the country on Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, and down through the National Parks- Yellowstone, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon. I drove 11,000 miles and have decided I want to be a truck driver so I can keep going! (11/20)

Adam Bratton '06 (BS) - After serving in various, and fulfilling, roles in the management and marketing director spaces at YMCA , ESPN, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, it was time for me to create my own entity. MJ Bratton Consulting was born in early 2020 to provide marketing consultation and execution services to a wide variety of small and start up businesses in need. It has been a wild, but fun ride so far, and I am encouraged with the opportunities ahead. You will notice that the MJ Bratton Consulting logo intentionally showcases the Green and Gold and that ampersand is proudly displayed within the title "Founder & President". I have also created and manage a social community and platform that encourages the simple act of Human Powered Movement. This is a grassroots and organic platform was built from the stir crazy human need of Covid and will be expanding to a more robust platform in 2021. 
Late 2020/Early 2021 -
Go Tribe. 

Megan McKinney '17 (BS) - I graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions in January 2020 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I am now working as a Pediatric Physical Therapist in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC. (11/20)

Jennifer (Talbert) Hawk '98 (BS) - Living in Philadelphia, putting up with all the COVID-19 stuff with a 6 year old at the end of her kindergarten year. Here's hoping 1st grade is much better. (6/20)

Courtney (Sutton) Strosnider '11 (BS) - In December, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior. (2/20)