Kyle Radtke Class of 2015
At 32, Kyle Radtke is older than the typical student.
After injuring his ankle in the U.S. Army, he found physical therapy tips online. When Radtke left the Army, his mom was recovering from a car accident. Once again, he was exposed to PT. It piqued his interest.
He enrolled at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s program and started his post-military career.
He has become an expert at time management: “It is good practice for being a PT,” he said. “You have to be creative and kind of figure things out on your own. You are constantly working through puzzles. You can have the same injury and they present in two totally different ways and you have to figure it out.”
Radtke enjoyed his VA hospital clinics with polytrauma patients. He can relate to the veterans who may have multiple injuries, who also may be amputees and who may have respiratory issues. These patients require special care.
“They are going through a lot and if you can’t relate, sometimes they will push you away. It’s a challenge, but it’s an enjoyable one.”