Becoming a physical therapy assistant was an obvious choice for Char DeSmith. She enjoys helping others and combining that with exercise, so it was as though the career was meant for her. Born in Washington state, but growing up in Newton, Char decided to stay in the community in which she spent most of her life.
“The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is helping patients heal and feel better after a surgery or injury,” she said. “I enjoy talking with them, which helps get their mind off of their pain. I like to make them laugh if I can.”
Char has additional training in aquatic therapy, which can help relieve joint pain from arthritis, athletic injuries, sprains and strains, back pain, neck pain and more. She is also a credentialed clinical instructor who teaches part-time through Hutchinson Community College.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Char spending time with family and friends. She loves to travel and visit National parks. Char also enjoys studying astronomy and meteorology. Fast pitch softball is her favorite sport to watch.
Hutchinson Community College (Undergraduate)
Wichita State University (Bachelor’s & PTA Certification)