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We welcome Crystal Funke, DPT, to Cardium podcast who shares her story of going back to school to pursue a degree in healthcare administration while traveling as a physical therapist.

Back to School While Traveling in Healthcare

July 8, 2020

GUEST: Crystal Funke

Crystal is a Physical Therapist who has been traveling for over 6 years. She’s a 2010 graduate of Kansas State University and a 2013 graduate of Southwest Baptist University. She’s currently enrolled in school pursuing her Masters of Healthcare Administration. In her spare time, Crystal likes to travel, explore the local restaurants and wineries, catch live music, and visit her nieces and nephews.

Travel healthcare can be the perfect path to new places. But sometimes, it leads you to a new career. Crystal Funke embraced her travel experiences as a Physical Therapist. What she noticed along the way led to a lightbulb moment that landed her back in the classroom. She shares her story about her journey, the high points, the obstacles, and how she balanced the books with her work life and personal time. She shows us that it can be done.

During the episode, we cover:

  • The life experiences that led her to a physical therapy career
  • Her journey to her DPT
  • Deciding on assignment locations and settings
  • How facility settings informed her future career in Healthcare Administration
  • Tips for making it all possible – school, work, and home
  • Tuition reimbursement and getting school covered
  • Blending two careers to create an ideal role

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