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Tyler Gregory and Sharon Williams work together on the elliptical at the Marquette ComMUnity PT Clinic, housed in the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic. (photo by Abigail Ng)

Lifting Weights and Raising Spirits

Marquette students, faculty and alumni provide free physical therapy to medically uninsured Milwaukee residents at the ComMUnity PT Clinic.

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Williams exercises with a resistance band as Gregory watches attentively. (photo by Abigail Ng)

Relieving Pain and Connecting Community

There are plenty more success stories like Williams’s at Marquette’s first student-run pro bono PT clinic, designed to treat those without access to medical insurance. One woman received the proper diagnosis and treatment for her multiple sclerosis. Another man had been self-medicating with drugs and alcohol to treat a knee injury, but by the time he finished his PT, he was sober, pain free and employed.

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Rodrigo Caballero smiles as he records patient notes at the ComMUnity PT Clinic. (photo by Abigail Ng)
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Top: Gregory adjusts Williams’ posture during one of her PT sessions last winter 2016. Bottom: Skeletal models line the window sills of the clinic. (photos by Abigail Ng)

Making Solutions a Reality and Expanding Outreach

After working with some of the pro bono medical clinics in Milwaukee, Jeff Wilkens, ComMUnity PT Clinic faculty advisor, noticed the need for a designated center for free PT. Some students were already travelling to surrounding pro bono health care clinics like City on a Hill and Repairers of the Breach to administer PT, but the process was not logistically practical and limited the number of patients and students involved.

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(photo by Abigail Ng)

A Bilateral Relationship and a Calling to Serve

The pro bono PT clinic is a unique intersection between Marquette and the city. The relationship can be described as bilateral; while Milwaukee residents get physical therapy they may otherwise not have access to, students gain valuable clinical experience.

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(photo by Abigail Ng)

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