Adrian Lee (DPT '19)

Adrian Lee smiling and posing in front of balloons that spell out "DPT 2019"

From an early age, Texas Woman’s University graduate student Adrian Lee knew she wanted a future in healthcare. After her father became ill when she was in the eighth grade, Lee remembers being confused by and unclear on what exactly was happening.

“When we visited him in the hospital I couldn’t understand a single thing (health providers) were discussing or explaining to us,” Lee recalls.  “That’s when I knew I wanted to go into healthcare.”

This realization led Lee to Texas Woman’s Denton campus in the fall of 2012. After earning her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Lee headed to TWU’s T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences - Dallas Center to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), where she is in her final year.

Along her academic path, she developed an interest in becoming more engaged with TWU, so she also became a class officer.

When we visited him in the hospital I couldn’t understand a single thing (health providers) were discussing or explaining to us. That’s when I knew I wanted to go into healthcare.

“I’m someone who likes to be involved,” Lee says. “Being from Dallas while also being familiar with TWU just made it seem like a feasible option to run for social chair. It turned out to be a great decision!”

As part of her responsibilities as social chair, Lee and her co-chair, Christian Wade, planned the 2018 White Coat Ceremony, which was only the second one ever held for DPT students. The ceremony marks DPT students’ progression through the curriculum and heralds the beginning of their clinical experiences.

Lee and Wade met with the DPT student who began the tradition at TWU as well as TWU faculty and staff members, vendors and classmates to get an idea of how to build on the success of the previous year. 

“It was stressful because it was during one of our busiest semesters, but I think, overall, it came out great, and I would do it again if given the opportunity,” Lee says.

With graduation only a few months away, Lee has some advice for anyone considering the DPT program.

Know that it won’t be easy at all, but that it is doable. Give yourself time to figure out your study routine, and from there, it will all fall into place. There will never be a time when you’ll know everything, and that’s always okay!

“Know that it won’t be easy at all, but that it is doable,” Lee says. “Give yourself time to figure out your study routine, and from there, it will all fall into place. There will never be a time when you’ll know everything, and that’s always okay!”

After graduation, Lee plans to move to Washington state, where she will be a practicing physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic setting.

I’m someone who likes to be involved. Being from Dallas while also being familiar with TWU just made it seem like a feasible option to run for social chair. It turned out to be a great decision!

Adrian Lee posing in front of the Grand Canyon.

Page last updated 3:34 PM, February 12, 2019