Sheena Caramba Class of 2020
Sheena Caramba is a second-year physical therapy student from McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley. She is originally from Miami, Florida but spent her early childhood years in the Philippines before moving to McAllen, and received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017.
She became interested in the profession during an assignment in a Wellness class in which she had to interview and observe a health professional. She met a physical therapist from a running group and contacted her to interview and observe her. The PT worked in a pediatric therapy clinic specializing in children with special needs. After a few hours in the clinic with the PT, Sheena knew she found her calling, and decided that she wanted to be able to work with children with disabilities and saw that physical therapy was a way that she could impact that population.
Sheena chose UT Health San Antonio because she truly felt that that faculty wanted to get to know her during the interviews. She feels like a part of a family instead of just a number and believes that each member of the faculty truly sees potential in the students and believes in them. The faculty is committed to preparing each student for the clinical setting and seeing each student succeed. Additionally, the opportunity to interact with other health professions is what drew her to the program.
In the future, Sheena plans on working in a pediatric or an inpatient rehab setting. She sees herself working towards a certification in pediatrics or another setting. She is open to the possibilities that the field of physical therapy can offer her. At some point in her career, she would also like the opportunity to teach and mentor PT students.
Sheena enjoys spending time with friends, whether that be exercising, playing intramural sports, or hiking. She is a foodie and is always on the lookout for a new restaurant to try.