On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Jenna Kantor, SPT guest hosts and interviews Allison Gibbons, SPT on The Backstage of Medicine. Allison is a first year physical therapy student at New York University and is Head of Operations and Outreach of the Backstage of Medicine. The backstage of Medicine (TBSOM) has been created to allow any and every one to explore the many medical fields out there in the world.

In this episode, we discuss:

-The Backstage of Medicine: a non-profit organization providing healthcare occupation mentorship

-Allison’s experience navigating the pre-health undergraduate journey

-How to connect the perfect mentor and mentee

-And so much more!


Young students are exposed to a set few occupations from their parents and are not exposed to other opportunities. Allison believes, “You are not set in stone for one thing. No one should tell you what’s best for you; you should be able to explore it.” Allison encourages, “You’re the only person who knows what’s right for you.”


The Backstage of Medicine brings a variety of healthcare bloggers together to accumulate information for those interested in exploring different careers in healthcare as, “No one person has the key to success; we have to learn from each other.”


For more information on Allison:

Allison is a twenty-one year old first-year Doctorate student at New York University pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Neurological Rehabilitation aiming to blend physical therapy and soccer in impoverished areas throughout the globe.

She grew up in the woods on a lake in tiny Rhode Island and now currently roaming the East Village of Manhattan. When I’m not studying chances are I’m cutting up my knees playing soccer or spending hours creating Spotify playlists. I spent my undergrad working as a tutor/TA and soccer coach. I was able to combine the best of both worlds by joining the Soccer Without Borders team in 2012. Continuous education is what becoming a health professional is all about


 For more information on Jenna:

Jenna Kantor (co-founder) is a bubbly and energetic girl who was born and raised in Petaluma, California. Growing up, she trained and performed ballet throughout the United States. After earning a BA in Dance and Drama at the University of California, Irvine, she worked professionally in musical theatre for 15+ years with tours, regional theatres, & overseas (www.jennakantor.com) until she found herself ready to move onto a new chapter in her life – a career in Physical Therapy. Jenna is currently in her 3rd year at Columbia University’s Physical Therapy Program. She is also a co-founder of the podcast, “Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives,” has an evidence-based monthly youtube series titled “Injury Prevention for Dancers,” is a NY SSIG Co-Founder, NYPTA Student Conclave 2017 Development Team, works with the NYPTA Greater New York Legislative Task Force and is the NYPTA Public Policy Committee Student Liaison. Jenna aspires to be a physical therapist for amateur and professional performers to help ensure long, healthy careers. To learn more, please check out her website: www.jennafkantor.wixsite.com/jkpt


Resources discussed on this show:

The Backstage of Medicine Website

 Allison’s Twitter

Allison’s Instragram

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