School of Allied Health Sciences Alumna of the Year

Maria Barton
’00 BS Sports Injury Management
’04 MS Physical Therapy

Video: About Maria Barton

Ms. Barton is a member of the MountainView Hospital physical therapy team. She has created numerous educational programs for families and employees and earned the hospital’s Frist Humanitarian Award. In 2014, Vegas Inc honored her with the Volunteer Healthcare Provider of the Year award. She also helps UNLV students gain educational experiences at MountainView Hospital.

Why I’m a proud graduate of UNLV …
Some people ask me, “Do you like being a physical therapist?” However, more people
ask me, “You love your job, don’t you?” I do love my job. Being a part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team means the world to me. It is extraordinary to make a difference in a patient’s life, as well as their families’ and friends’ lives.

I spent seven years at UNLV. Those seven years set me up for a lifetime of happiness. Any school can teach you how to “do”, but UNLV also teaches how to “be”: be kind, be considerate, and be human. Physical therapy is a science, but my education included warmth and compassion.

There are a lot of physical therapists out there. We all sit for the same national exam. But I am more than just that. My graduating class was more. UNLV gave me the tools to succeed in life and gave me lasting friendships and connections. Because of UNLV, I am a better healthcare provider.

UNLV is an amazing and often groundbreaking institution. What patients and peers don’t realize is that UNLV teaches humanity. I chose to attend UNLV and I am truly a better person because UNLV chose me.



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