Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN has a Doctor of Physical Therapy, which he received from the University of Minnesota at St. Paul.
He also has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Physical Education. Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN says that before he decided on becoming a physical therapist, he wanted to be a Phys Ed teacher.
“I love sports, and I love being physical – running, riding my bike, swimming, playing football and baseball and volleyball. And I used to think, ‘If I could do something like this as a career, make a living doing it – wow, it would be a dream job.'”
But his situation changed, and after an injury and recovery Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN found himself increasingly interested in physical therapy. He decided to go on to graduate school and has never looked back.
Still, he sometimes wonders what might have been if he had continued with his original plan. “I’d be working at a high school somewhere, blowing a ref’s whistle all day,” he laughs. “But you know what? I would have liked that a lot. I could have done it. Although I’m totally happy with the way that things have worked out.”
As a student majoring in physical education, Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN did a lot of teaching and general education coursework. But he also took courses on personal health, drugs, movement, outdoor education, and kinesiology. “I had to look that one up when I had that class,” he says today. “Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movement. Kinetics. It’s a pretty interesting subject.”