Tess Treinen, now Dr. Tess Treinen

12/14/2011 17:06

Tess Treinen, who attended Lane from 2004-06, graduated Saturday, December 10 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, California.  She was also awarded the Stanley V. Paris and Catherine Patla award for manual therapy excellence. The award is named after Dr. Paris, who is the founder of the University and also one of the most influential manual physical therapists.  Tess' GPA throughout the program was an impressive 3.8, especially considering her other areas of service in the physical therapy community.  She was involved with the San Diego Fall Prevention Awareness Program, tutored for 3 classes within the program, and was a teaching assistant for a Spinal Manipulation course.


While at Lane, Treinen graduated as a Fitness Technician from the Exercise & Movement Science program with a 3.5 GPA and played Basketball for Greg Sheley and The Lady Titans.  She was part of Lane’s first NWAACC Championship Women’s Basketball team in 2006, as well as the 2005 runner-up team. Treinen earned NWAACC All-Academic honors during both Basketball seasons.  She was also involved with the Young Women in Science Program which helps empower and mentor young women interested in or currently involved in the science field.

What made you consider Lane in your post-high school options?

I really wanted to play Basketball while pursuing my education and could’ve probably gone to a D2 or D3 school to play.  Coach Greg Sheley had been in contact with me in High School which sparked my interest of being able to do both.

Did you have any reservations about attending Lane?

Yes.  None of my friends were going there, and I really felt that I could be missing out on some of the college experiences like not living in the dorms or having a social campus environment.  I ended up being dual enrolled at the U of Oregon and lived in the dorms there so it worked out well. 

What did you do following your time at Lane?

I attended Oregon State University to pursue my B.S, Exercise & Sport Science, Pre-Physical Therapy.  I graduated in December 2008 making the Dean’s List.  While at OSU I was also involved with the Impact Program, Blood Drive Association, and Allied Health and Pre Physical Therapy Club.  These experiences helped solidify what I wanted to do and why I wanted to do it.

How do you feel your experience(s) at Lane prepared you for further educational opportunities?

I was injured my first year in Basketball, so I spent a lot of time in the training room and my interest continued to grow for Physical Therapy.  I really liked the Exercise Movement and Science program; it was a good starting point.  The intro level classes helped prepare me for higher level classes, and the program offered a good hands-on setting that helped inspire me and provide more clarification for what I wanted to do.  A great plus to the classes at Lane was they all were able to transfer and be accepted by the program at OSU.  I know Lane was in the process and has since added more lab and classroom resources to further the educational experience.

What lies ahead for you now that you have your Doctorate Degree?

I will take my Boards in January, and I’m very interested in a traveling physical therapist role where you are housed in places for 3 months at a time.  I’m also looking into an orthopedic specialist residency program through U of Southern California; and my long-term goal would be to teach.

What advice would you give to any potential students who are considering Lane?

Anyone can still get the “college experience” at Lane because of the other Universities in the area.  It’s a great place to get all your prerequisites and have plenty of social outlets.  Being on a team was a positive experience as well, as you are able to establish relationships right away.  I was able to transfer with a higher GPA because of the smaller student/teacher ratio that allowed more personal interaction with the professors, and the study hall sessions we had as athletes.  Lane can offer the same content and experiences as a four-year school, and at a much lower cost.

Would you like to say anything to the faculty/staff who were part of your experience(s) at Lane?

From coaches to faculty to academic resources, it was a very supportive environment.  Everyone was so helpful and influential in my successes.  I was able to have close relationships with professors, and felt supported and encouraged to succeed and continue with school by everyone.  Lane definitely was a great introduction and preparation for any four-year school.