Mady Flatt is a freshman from Santa Clarita, California. She is a health science major with an emphasis in rehabilitation sciences. One day, she hopes to get a master’s in athletic training and then pursue a doctorate degree in physical therapy. She hopes to one day work for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
“Physical therapy gives the ability to help people return to their everyday way of living in a short amount of time, and most people like their therapists more than their doctors,” says Mady. “It is a rewarding process to watch a patient who was barely able to walk one day, stride out of the clinic headed back to their job or sport after treatment concludes.”
In addition to being a student ambassador, Mady attends STUMO on campus, a religious organization, and works at the Noodles and Company on 9th Street. In her free time, she loves to go to Taco Bell with her friends or go to the batting cages.
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.