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Meet our DPT Student Admissions Ambassadors

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Liliana Gorsuch

  • Year in DPT Program: 2nd
  • Hometown: Midland, MI
  • Undergrad institution: University of Michigan
  • Hobbies: Yoga, weight-lifting, knitting, and reading.
  • PT area of interest: Outpatient ortho, acute care, and pelvic floor.
  • Fun fact: I'm also getting my MPH degree at Northwestern.
  • Why I chose NU DPT: I liked the large class size and I knew that my classmates' life experiences and perspectives would add to my education. It also means that we have a large number of faculty to learn from, many of whom have specialized and are experts in different areas of PT. I was also attracted by the number of opportunities you get as a student: research, clinical placements, expert faculty, and more!
  • Contact: lilianag@northwestern.edu.

 
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Elizabeth Grobbel

  • Year in DPT Program: 2nd
  • Hometown: Birmingham, MI
  • Undergrad institution: Grand Valley State University 
  • Hobbies: I love all sports (especially basketball and tennis), photography, hammocking by lake, and reading. 
  • PT area of interest: Neurology. 
  • Fun fact: My goal is to travel to all 50 states (so far I'm 24/50). 
  • Why I chose NU DPT: After visiting campus and meeting the faculty at Open House, I could not see myself going anywhere else. I was drawn to the authentic excitement and collaborative relationships fostered among the faculty and students, and I felt that NU would provide me the best opportunity for personal and professional growth. Also, I have greatly enjoyed learning from peers with a wide variety of personalities, interests, and backgrounds. 
  • Contact: elizabeth.grobbel@northwestern.edu.


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Michelle Hunt

  • Year in DPT Program: 1st
  • Hometown: Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Undergrad institution: North Carolina State University
  • Hobbies: Running, scuba diving, watching movies, reading, scrapbooking, and outdoor adventures.
  • PT area of interest: Neurology, but I am keeping an open mind.
  • Fun fact: I have a never ending Chicago Bucket list of all the things I want to do before I graduate.
  • Why you chose NU DPT: The diversity (student body & faculty), MPH dual degree program and the location.
  • Contact: michelle.hunt1@northwestern.edu.

 
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Ethan Kizziar

  • Year in DPT Program: 1st 
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Undergrad Institution: University of Oregon
  • Hobbies: Skiing, cooking, exploring eew places in Chicago.
  • PT Area of Interest: Acute, but open.
  • Fun Fact: I moved to Chicago in 2019 for a job and didn't know anyone in the city. So, I moved to a co-living house in Logan Square with 15 roommates from all over the world and lived there for almost two years.
  • Why I chose NUDPT: The very supportive faculty and the opportunity to meet a large group of diverse classmates.
  • Contact: ethan.kizziar@northwestern.edu.

 
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Peter McManus

  • Year in DPT Program: 1st
  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio
  • Undergrad institution: Denison University
  • Hobbies: I enjoy playing soccer, visiting national parks, playing board games, completing puzzles and staring at maps (I love all things geography).
  • PT area of interest: Undecided but leaning towards acute or neuro.
  • Fun fact: I have a lordship in Scotland.
  • Why you chose NU DPT: The resources and faculty that Northwestern has are outstanding, along with the research opportunities available to students were the main factors in my decision to come to Northwestern.
  • Contact: peter.mcmanus@northwestern.edu.

 
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Rachel Schneider

  • Year in DPT Program: 1st
  • Hometown: Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • Undergrad institution: Oakland University in Michigan
  • Hobbies: Reading, cooking, baking, traveling, working out.
  • PT area of interest: Sports.
  • Fun Fact: I played Division I volleyball for four years at Oakland University.
  • Why you chose NU DPT: I chose NU DPT for the incredible faculty, widespread connections in the Chicago area and across the country, and the diversity of life experiences that comes with a large class size. 
  • Contact: rachel.schneider1@northwestern.edu.

 
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Tatiana White 

  • Year in DPT Program: 2nd
  • Hometown: Anchorage, AK
  • Undergrad Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, yoga, reading/writing, and spending time with my two cats.
  • PT areas of interest: Pelvic health and acute care.
  • Fun Fact: I’ve been vegan for nearly 10 years, and was vegetarian for 5 years before that.
  • Why I chose NU DPT: There are many reasons, but I was especially drawn to the large alumni network and close affiliation with top hospitals (Northwestern Memorial, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) which made me confident that I would have the necessary connections to be where I wanted to be after graduation.
  • Contact: tatiana.white@northwestern.edu.

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