DPT, doesn't let it bother her
that at 32 she's one of the oldest
in her class. Life has a way of
taking a circuitous route to end
up right where it's supposed to.
At least that's what the 2012
College of Health Professions
graduate has found.
The mother of
two followed her husband to
Charleston, who left the military
to do contract work overseas. She
had her undergraduate degree in
recreational therapy with a
license in aquatics but found it
difficult to get a job. She did
bartending and waitressing to help
the family make ends meet, but
found it wasn't satisfying.
originally from Bessemer City,
N.C., decided to go back to school
and got accepted into MUSC's
doctor of physical therapy program
"I love school.
I love the knowledge. I just enjoy
learning whatever I can about a
Dr. Lori Merrow
admits husband Josh keeps her
grounded. The Merrows, with
sons, Kiser and Boston, kept in
touch with Skype and email.
She admits at
times it has been tough. With her
husband overseas half of the time
she's been in school, she's had to
get creative with childcare for
her sons Kiser, 10, and Boston, 4.
"I've had to pay for a lot of
childcare," she said.
It has taken
sacrifices to push through, but
she doesn't regret it. "It gave me
confidence that I could raise two
kids and get through school. You
just find the strength from places
that you didn't know you had."
have been good sports. She was in
a pediatrics class that focused on
how to do assessments for
children. "We had Boston come in
and we had him doing crunches and
She hopes to go
into an area dealing with acute or
outpatient care. "You see people
come in on ventilators who can't
even follow commands and then you
see them walk out. It's
fulfilling. You never know what
you're going to get or what people
are going to say. You're really
teaching them how to regain
helped their family stay in touch.
She has been able to email and
Skype with her husband, Josh. On
her last rehab rotation when she
felt overwhelmed and stressed, she
called to vent on her husband and
he calmed her right down. "He can
bring me to reality. He's very
logical and analytical, whereas
I'm more spontaneous."
She hopes one
day to have ownership in a
company, but wherever her path may
lead, she wants to make sure she
has patient contact. It's what she
enjoys the most about physical
therapy, she said.
She and her
husband, who returned to the
states this month, hope to stay in
the area. She's glad to have Josh
back into the swimming lesson,
T-ball rotation. She laughs. "I
told him, 'No more overseas or my
hair's going to fall out."