Danielle MacMurtrie, a newly minted Doctor of Physical Therapy, finished off her final years at Saint Francis University creating an anatomy painting series for the School of Health Sciences.
While some youth dream of being doctors or nurses,
Danielle set her sights on physical therapy. She was first exposed to physical
therapy when she was 13 after sustaining a back injury caused by years of
gymnastics. “I wore a back brace for two years and received frequent PT.” she
recalled “It was the first career in which I could picture myself working. Being
in the PT gym just felt like home.”
Fast forward to the college years and it isn’t surprising
to learn that Saint Francis University provided a natural path for her career
goals with the accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy program. What is
unexpected is the way the medical study of anatomy has allowed her artistic
side to flourish.
The melding of worlds began in earnest with early in
her time as an undergraduate. Even though she couldn't fit a Fine Arts minor into her schedule, professor Chuck Olson carved out studio space for her and provided artistic guidance.
Her artistic path continued during her graduate phase with a
large scale painting “commissioned” by her PT professor Dr. Stephen LoRusso. The
painting series is nearing completion and will be
displayed in a location of prominence within the School of Health Sciences.