Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CSULB Kinesiotherapy Club

From left to right: Ray Camba, Patrick Mecenas, Johnson Nan, Morgan Massey, Ti Phan, Rachel Marks, Casey Chung, Elizabeth Guerrero, and Jandar Ry

By: Cynthia Howell

California State University Long Beach is currently home to the only Kinesiotherapy program on the West Coast.  Kinesiotherapy students at CSULB benefit from exposure to different employment options.  There is a strong working relationship with the nearby Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center, while the on-campus Center for Active Aging, offers a look into a career as a Kinesiotherapist within the private sector.

As a graduate of CSULB and employee at the Long Beach VA, I like to stay in touch with students.  But I was particularly interested in learning more about the recently formed KT Club when I interviewed President Elizabeth Guerrero.

“Currently, there are about 25 club members. Only about 10 or so are able to attend the bi-weekly meetings regularly due to timing issues.” said Guerrero.  “The goal of the club is to bring students together and spread awareness about what the Kinesiotherapy Department is including in their curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as potential careers and the benefits of majoring in Kinesiotherapy.  We are currently working on flyers to post around campus to help get the name, Kinesiotherapy, out there. It is surprising how many CSULB students and professors are not familiar with the option.”

The club hosts study sessions and social events aimed at developing the bond between Kinesiotherapy students and promoting the program to others. 

“My goal this semester as Club President is to build a strong group of KT students who feel just as passionate about Kinesiotherapy as I do.” The club is producing t-shirts, and reaching out to the local community.  “One upcoming event is the National Rebuilding Day on April 28, 2012. This will give us an opportunity to go out into the community and help low income homeowners and communities.”

The KT Club recognizes the quality of their academic setting too.  “I feel CSULB has a very strong academic program which is designed to help students excel.” Guerrero also recognized the required 64 hours of observation at the VA hospital as being an essential educational tool by allowing students to apply class material in a clinical setting and observe firsthand the treatment Registered Kinesiotherapists provide. She is looking forward to beginning her internship at the Long Beach VA in July 2012.

Many of the students enrolled in the KT program are also employed in clinics that provide additional training and educational opportunities; with one of the primary locations being the Center for Active Aging.  Through this rounded experience of part-time employment, academic instruction, and the internship program, students feel that they are prepared to move straight in to job market after graduation.  For them, ideal areas of work outside of the VA include senior wellness facilities and programs like “Nifty after Fifty,” rehabilitation programs in private hospitals, and in-home exercise and wellness services.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tribute to David Andrew Eshbach, RKT

David Andrew Eshbach, RKT
September 11, 1985 – June 21, 2011
David A. Eshbach, son of Robert and Mary Eshbach (Canton, OH) was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a graduate of the University of Toledo. David joined the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System – Kinesiotherapy staff December 7, 2009 as a Registered Kinesiotherapist. He was assigned to the Temple, TX VA Facility and responsible for the Aquatic Therapy and Main Clinic treatment programs. After becoming a member of this dynamic staff, David impacted the lives of many Veterans and their families, peers and co-workers. Although witty, he was always professional, sincere and compassionate when it came to the care of his patients. Although right out of school and green, he came equipped with the necessary tools to develop into a great therapist. David, a diamond in the rough, was well on the path to achieving a level of professional growth and development required to becoming a premier therapist.

He was a vibrant and fun loving young man with a powerful zest for living life to the fullest. As David's KT Supervisor, I saw both the funny and serious sides. However, he could never stay serious for too long. Even when things got tough, he usually would fix the problem with a big smile and a big-g-g-g-g cup of coffee. He worked hard to not take life too seriously. He always ended the day with a big smile and some quip.

Since his passing, the Temple KT staff will often sit and chuckle at some of the many antics of David. Although he never told us, we learned that David had a love for children. He was only here for a brief period, but David's imprint/impact as a therapist, co-worker, peer and friend will be left in the hearts of many here in Central Texas.

Below are some excerpts offered by some of his patients, peers and co-workers:

  • It's been 2 months and I still think about my friend David. We lost a great therapist…good bye friend.
  • I met David the first day he came to Texas. We became friends quite fast.
  • David was a great co-worker and friend. We miss him dearly as part of the Temple VA KT staff. He always knew how to brighten the day.
  • David was a good friend and co-worker. He always had a smile on his face.
  • I met David over a year ago. He was a great person whom I came to enjoy being around. He was funny, charismatic and dedicated to the veterans. He always had a great attitude about helping veterans and was always willing to lift the spirits.
  • David was such a joy to be around. My heart is saddened, but also at ease because of David's good heart. He will always be missed and loved by the crew here.
  • As a patient of David's, I only met him a few weeks ago. He was kind and had a smile on his face each time I saw him.
  • It's so hard to believe that you are gone. Just Tuesday, I saw you at the VA Pool. You will be missed.

As one may notice, David was appreciated and endeared by many. Even as a resident in Cowboy Country, he was a good sport. David was a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan and maintained his ties by joining an Austin-based Steelers fan club. A description of David in a few words: Compassionate, kind, professional, caring and loyal Kinesiotherapist; witty, happy, funny, fun-loving, smiling and memorable friend. As a tribute of his love for children, his parents designated the following charity listed below.

Robert Harris, Coordinator
2658 Edison St. W.
Uniontown, OH 44684-7039