Physical therapists and health and human performance instructor present careers


Michaela Austin

During PRIDE Time, Mitchell Ackerman and Carson Konrade present the information on this sheet. Ackerman and Konrade handed out a copy to each person at the beginning of their presentation.

On Nov. 19, three people presented their careers to students. Mitchell Ackerman and Carson Konrade spoke about being physical therapists in the Lecture Hall, and Macy Klaus spoke about being a Health and Human Performance College instructor.

Ackerman earned a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2017. Konrade earned his Physical Therapy Assistant degree at Colby Community College in 2016. They both work at Russell Regional Hospital in the rehabilitation department.

“The worst part about PT [physical therapy] school is undergrad school and getting into PT school,” Ackerman said. “You’re going to have chemistry, physics, anatomy, biology and all that right there. If you get through all of that, PT school is a breeze. Just getting in is the hard part.”

Klaus graduated from Hays High in 2010 and attended Fort Hays State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Health Promotion and holds a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance in Exercise Science.

Klaus currently works at FHSU as an instructor for the Health and Human Performance Department. The past, she has worked for Hays Medical Center as an exercise physiologist, who helped patients with rehabilitation after cardiac and other surgeries.

“I began working as the full-time instructor in Health and Human Performance just this semester in August,” Klaus said. “I’m kind of brand new to this, but it has really been great so far.”

Klaus talked about the reason why she chose the career she did.

“Basically, to share my knowledge with students and help them reach their academic and career,” Klaus said. “I also really like the face-to-face interaction with people, faculty and students. I don’t really like being behind a computer all day and not talking to anyone. It gets kind of boring after a while.”