Alumni Spotlight

Marshall LeMoine ​’05
Clinical Specialist II Physical Therapist
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles
​Los Angeles, CA

Ever wondered what it takes to become a physical therapist? Or an orthopedic certified specialist?  Look no further than the experiences of Whittier College alumnus Marshall LeMoine `05.

While at Whittier, LeMoine set the foundation for his future career by majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-Physical Therapy and minoring in Child Development. An active student, he also served as the vice president of the KLS Club (now KNS Club) and was a member the Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK) Honor Society. His studies and the extra-curricular activities he participated in proved to be a winning combination. 

“Whittier had a great Pre-Therapy program. I came into grad school very prepared in anatomy and physiology,” LeMoine says.  “From having to do standup presentations in my classes, I also learned great communication and educating skills, and the ability to adjust to patients’ personalities and educational levels.”

LeMoine also benefitted from Whittier’s small class sizes, which helped him establish interpersonal relationships with faculty. LeMoine was never hesitant to ask for letters of recommendation from his professors or to sit down with them to discuss his post-Whittier plans. He knew very well that everyone had his best interests in mind. The KNS Club and PEK also provided LeMoine with opportunities to network with therapists and confirm that he was on the right track for graduate school.

Outside of the classroom, LeMoine took advantage of Whittier’s Office of International Programs and Office of Career Planning and Internships. During his sophomore year, he travelled overseas to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in a child development and diversity program. The summer after his junior year, he packed his bags for Gallup, New Mexico to do out-patient orthopedics. He followed that with an internship his senior year at a local physical therapy clinic.

“Working at Professional Physical Therapy Associates opened my eyes to the different types of physical therapists out there and their settings. At PPTA, there were more than eight therapists who gave me the opportunity to observe different styles of interactions, assessments, and treatment techniques. It was at this time, that I also discovered that I wanted to go more into an outpatient orthopedic setting.”

After Whittier, LeMoine continued his studies in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Azusa Pacific University. Today, he works at Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles as a Clinical Specialist II Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE), and Orthopedic Residency Faculty. In addition, LeMoine also is an adjunct faculty doctor of the physical therapy program at Azusa Pacific.

LeMoine’s story illustrates the importance of seizing every opportunity Whittier College has to offer, and how a liberal arts education serves as the perfect stepping stone to a future career. 

by Christina Dedios '14

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