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The 2012 Campanella / Dodgers Physical Therapy Scholarship Recipients

Campanella Scholarship recipients, Joanie Campanella Roan and Dodgers Dream Foundation representatives

The Roy and Roxie Campanella Foundation and the Dodgers Dream Foundation are the benefactors of this scholarship award which provides financial assistance to physical therapy students who have shown outstanding clinical potential.

The awarding committee takes into account service and leadership activities, clinical instructor and faculty evaluations, and personal experience and cultural competencies.

Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application with a Physical Therapy Program GPA above 3.2.

Recipients from CSUN MPT Class 55:

Richard Barba

Richard Barba:
Richard’s long-standing relationship with CSUN began with his involvement with the Future Scholars Program from 1998-2000. During high school, Richard participated in the Step to College Program and completed two college level courses at CSUN. He says that as a Latino student, he is very proud and honored to be the first in his family to attend graduate school and that he is thankful to be a part of the CSUN Physical Therapy Department. During his three semesters in the PT program, Richard has been very involved with the collaboration and creation of the Physical Therapy Club t-shirt, outreach programs for local students from Chatsworth High, an international visit with Japanese students, and in the near future will work closely with the faculty redesigning the anatomy study materials for the upcoming DPT students.

Richard told faculty that receiving the Roy Campanella Scholarship is a tremendous honor for both his family and himself and that he was a Dodger fan even before he was born. “Friends and family are very important to me. I want to help people enjoy a greater quality of life so that they can continue to make lasting memories with their friends and family. Thank you for the generosity of the Campanellas and Dodgers and this opportunity to become part of the Dodger family.”

Yana Brailovskaya

Yana Brailovskaya:
Yana was born in Ukraine and moved to Los Angeles at the age of thirteen. Her interest in physical therapy started right after High School during rehabilitation after a shoulder injury. Yana majored in Kinesiology at CSUN with the ultimate goal of eventually becoming a physical therapist. Throughout her undergraduate years, Yana participated in multiple events, including training community members to run the LA Marathon, working with elementary school kids at Riverside Elementary, and working with CSUN employees to improve their workspace ergonomics. Currently Yana is a vice-president of the second year physical therapy students.

She is active in participating and organizing school events. “I want to thank the Roy and Roxie Campanella Physical Therapy Scholarship Foundation and the Dodgers. To me, this scholarship is not just a financial assistance, but this is also a reminder of the importance and impact a physical therapist could bring to one’s life. I am deeply honored to receive this award. In turn, I promise to uphold to the highest standards of our profession and to make a difference in my patients’ lives.”

Shannon Davies

Shannon Davies:
Throughout her college education, Shannon has been involved with her community’s Parks and Recreation Aquatics Program, which led to her current work with the Youth Sports Program. As a second year student in the CSUN Physical Therapy program, Shannon has worked with the basketball and baseball teams in the CSUN Athletics “Prehab” Program, helped conduct workshops for Japanese PT students visiting CSUN, and attended the APTA conference in Long Beach.

Shannon recognizes the honor in having been chosen to receive this award. “Thank you to the Campanella Foundation, the Dodgers and CSUN PT department for providing opportunities to my classmates and me to be recognized for our hard work and commitment to our communities while working to become great physical therapists. I really look forward to having a career in physical therapy, which reflects the compassion, motivation, and support that the Campanella Scholarship represents.”

Recipients from CSUN MPT Class 56:

Patiane Freitas

Patiane Freitas:
Patiane was one of Brazil’s top 3 female skateboarders before two ACL reconstruction surgeries ended her career.  She moved to the US in 2006 with the purpose of pursuing a career in physical therapy and is the first member of her family to attend a graduate program. As an undergraduate major in CSUN’s Kinesiology program, she had the opportunity to volunteer at the Center of Achievement, and also to be part of the May 2011 Exercise Expo as an exercise/nutrition advisor. 

Patiane says she would like to thank the Campanella Foundation and the Dodgers for the scholarship award.  “This recognition means a lot to me, and it made me feel even more strong and confident to continue the pathway of my dream, which is becoming a physical therapist and helping others achieve their goals.”  

Kai Okamoto

Kai Okamoto:
Kai grew up in Japan and learned about the profession from her father who was a physical therapist. Her father often spoke about how physical therapy in the United States was more advanced than in Japan, and thus studying PT in the United States became Kai’s dream at a young age. Kai serves as an interpreter for the Japanese PT student visitations at CSUN every fall. She also serves as a mentor and has started a blog about her journey through PT school to help Japanese students who are interested in studying PT abroad.

As a CSUN Kinesiology undergraduate major, Kai was also very active working with clients with disabilities at the Center of Achievement. Kai says she would like to cordially extend her appreciation for granting her the Campanella scholarship. “This scholarship helps me to further my dream of becoming a physical therapist. Japan’s economy was hard hit with last year's devastating earthquake. In conjunction with the rising tuition fees, my parents are struggling to support me financially. Therefore, I am grateful to have been granted the Campanella scholarship to assist in my endeavors.”