Mady Flatt is a freshman from Santa Clarita, California. She is a health science major with an emphasis in health and wellness looking to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy. She hopes to ultimately work with patients with neurological disorders and spinal cord injuries.

“Occupational therapy gives the ability to help people return to their everyday way of living, whether that be using their kitchens again or writing their names” says Mady. “It is a rewarding process to watch a patient who suffered a major injury or life altering accident do what they love again, live.”

In addition to being a student ambassador, Mady works as a rehab tech at the MU Neurological Therapy Clinic and as a peer advisor with the School of Health Professions Office of Student Services. She also attends STUMO on campus and loves to volunteer with various organizations throughout the community. 

What made you want to pursue a career in healthcare?

I like being able to help people, especially athletes, seeing as how I was one. Knowing that I made a small difference in their lives makes me happy.

How did you choose your major?

I hurt myself in softball when I was young and I had to do an extensive amount of physical therapy. My therapist was extremely kind to me during that difficult time and inspired me to pursue the same career to help others as she had done for me.

What has been your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite Mizzou memory has been running through the columns the day before the fall semester started my freshman year.

If you could give one piece of advice to incoming freshmen, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to try new things and meet new people; everyone is in the same spot as you and it never hurts to make new friends.

If you could have dinner with one famous Mizzou alum, who would it be and why?

Probably Max Scherzer — He is an amazing baseball player and he seems like a friendly person.