Achieving Empowerment with Rehab 2 Perform

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According to the American Physical Therapy Association, or APTA, the vision statement for the profession of physical therapy is to, “Transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” There is one physical therapy organization which has made this vision a reality and strives to go beyond—located right in our backyard here in Montgomery County, MD. Welcome to the world of Rehab 2 Perform, a cutting-edge physical therapy company that is currently changing the game with a creative approach to pain management and sports performance.

Combining a blend of physical therapy, sports rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning principles, Rehab 2 Perform strives to set a new standard. The team works with a variety of patients, ranging from active youth and professional athletes to recreational enthusiasts and weekend warriors. Four years ago, Dr. Josh Funk founded the first Rehab 2 Perform location in Frederick, Maryland and last year, a second facility opened their doors in Germantown. Looking ahead, Rehab 2 Perform plans to expand their services to another new location in Montgomery County on the horizon.


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At Rehab 2 Perform, patients are given a comprehensive consultation and evaluation on an individualized basis. Featuring six physical therapists on staff, there are a variety of traditional physical therapy techniques used, such as foam rolling, massage, and stretching. The team also offers specialty knowledge with manual therapies like dry needling, cupping, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.

In terms of sports rehabilitation, the facility focuses on getting the athlete back to peak condition. In addition to physical therapy, many of the physical therapists on staff are also Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) through the NSCA. The team has a strong background in working with athletes from numerous different sports, with a fundamental goal of helping to improve movement and performance.


Photo: Matt Cornell of Rehab 2 Perform

Recently, I had a chance to step away from my textbooks for a few minutes, and I met with Matt Cornell, the Marketing and Operations Manager for Rehab 2 Perform. Mr. Cornell explained more about the history of Rehab 2 Perform, including the company’s overall mission. With Rehab 2 Perform, the team is focused on bringing out the best in each individual—whether that means improving activities of daily living, or reducing the risk of re-injury after surgery—and working towards bringing each person to their maximum potential.


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Next week, Rehab 2 Perform is preparing to host their upcoming Fall Seminar. On Saturday November 10th, members of the Rehab 2 Perform team will share more about the R2P principles and foundations. The seminar will focus on two case studies, including ACL and Hamstring tendinopathy, and the physical therapists will help explain their methodology.
Not only is this seminar a valuable experience for those interested in the field of physical therapy, other health and wellness professionals could benefit from this opportunity for professional development. Chiropractors, personal trainers, coaches and more are welcome to attend. Certified professionals can also earn up for 8 continuing education units (CEUs) through a variety of certifications, such as ACSM, APTA, NASM and NSCA. All tickets can be purchased directly through Eventbrite, and there are student discounts available for those interested.


Thank you Rehab 2 Perform!

Using a strong foundation based on evidence-based scientific research, in combination with sports performance, Rehab 2 Perform offers a progressive approach to rehabilitation. It was an honor to take a tour of the facility, and I certainly look forward to learning more from this incredible team at the upcoming seminar. For more information, please visit the Rehab 2 Perform website below.

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Written by Jade Esmeralda

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We could all use a laugh!

It’s the first of the month – happy November! November means we have finally entered the holiday season. Thanksgiving is exactly 3 weeks away, Christmas is 8, and 2019 is 9 weeks away. Oh and there’s roughly a month and half left in the semester. That means that calendars are getting filled up with lots of events as we speak. One thing that I want you all to jot down in your calendar is the USG Comedy Show!

Our best student comedians, Albert Bannerman & Alwin Sheriff, will be performing. Albert does his own stand-up on the side and has his own YouTube channel with different comedic videos. We will also be welcoming back a USG Alum – Martin Amini. According to his website (see here): Martin is a very successful comedian who has opened for headliners such as Trevor Noah, Jerrod Carmichael, and Maz Jobrani. A lot of his comedy comes from his experiences growing up with 2 different cultures: Iranian and Bolivian background. Along with being a fast-rising stand-up comedian, he is also the founder of the Overachievers Comedy Show.

On Thursday November 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm USG will be putting on a show for the books! Check out the flyer (hint hint – I helped create this 🙂 )and don’t miss out on a night filled with food, jokes, and good vibes with the great people of the Shady Grove community! Pssh – Martin Amini will also be bringing a professional group of comedians!

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Students, staff, and Faculty get in FREE! Just be sure to bring your USG ID.

Community members entrance fee: $5

All proceeds will go to the Student Council Sponsored Student Involvement Scholarship.





Seats are limited so be sure to get your name on the list! Register here:


Will I be seeing you Nov 15th? I sure do hope so! Like always, thanks for reading. ‘Til next time 😊

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Vote Today! Shape Tomorrow

EARLY VOTING IS STILL TAKING PLACE! Students from the Universities at Shady Grove are encouraged to visit an early voting location until November 1st until 8PM. If you or anyone you know needs help voting there are plenty of resources that can help you! There are voting instructions, ballots and help at every poll location. Voting instructions are available in French, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Ballots and instructions are available in Spanish. Electronic ballots are available at all polls in large print and audio format in English and Spanish.

If you visit Maryland’s State Board of Elections website (, you can register to vote early. You can also download registration or an absentee ballot application. If you’re uncertain about your polling place or registration, you can verify those and find all of the candidate names. You can also check all the contributions to campaigns or candidates.

These convenient locations and times are available for early voters in the Montgomery College region.

Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg

Damascus Community Recreation Center in Damascus

101 Monroe Street Executive Building in Rockville

Germantown Community Recreation Center in Germantown

Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center in Burtonsville

Mid-County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring

Potomac Community Recreation Center in Potomac

Sandy Spring Fire Department Ballroom in Sandy Spring

Silver Spring Civic Building in Silver Spring

St. Catherine Laboure in Wheaton

When we consider who we are going to vote for political positions, we must contemplate what qualifications they have. How do their experience prepare them to hold the position? There are decisions that are going to be made regarding the state budget in education and transportation. Environmental and discrimination challenges must be addressed by the candidates in Montgomery County. Health care challenges are also something that must be considered.

General Elections are taking place on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. The polls are open from 7AM-8PM.

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Shifting Perspectives

Two summers ago, I decided to volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, DC. I was placed in the CLC, or Community Living Center, the long-term rehabilitation and nursing home within the VA. Although the VA sometimes gets poor marks on the ability to navigate their vast medical system, it appeared to me that the patients I saw at the CLC were receiving exceptional care. The doctors, nurses, assistants, hospice professionals and other care coordinators worked as a team to strive for the best health outcome for the residents. They even let me sit in on rounds to learn more about each patient’s condition, so as part of the care team, I took it as my special task to be a bright spot in a patient’s day. What I gained was much more.

172785859-612x612One of the main jobs of a volunteer is to carry out “Operation Hydration”, which entails making sure residents have pitchers of fresh water to drink throughout the day. (Come to find out, fluids can be one of the most overlooked aspects of care in long-term care facilities.) In delivering water to the residents, I went into each person’s room, chatted with them a bit, and left them a pitcher or two of water. Some had specific requests: No ice; only warm water; just ice, no water; always bring extra straws; take all the other pitchers away; or leave them all there and stack them up. I found myself looking at each patient and trying to figure out why they were there—what medical conditions did they have, were they ever going to leave the VA, were they getting good care, did they have psychiatric issues, the list in my mind went on and on.

bc2506ffe3c660aa460fbf0abbf9fc07One day as I walked down the hall to refill my cart with new pitchers of water, I saw a row of photos on the wall—each pictured someone who was a current or former patient at the CLC. I saw men and women in uniform, standing at attention, getting married, proudly holding babies, earning promotions, laughing with their battalion mates, posing near the ocean, receiving commendations, sitting atop a military Jeep, marching in formation, scrambling up an obstacle course, writing at an old typewriter…such real vignettes of lives captured in hues of sepia, black and white, and color.

v2gljoptxmom9ocwkoip 2Somehow the people to whom I had been delivering water were now people whose lives had been intertwined with so many others. They had hopes, dreams, families, friends, jobs, goals, bucket lists and favorite restaurants. They traveled the world, asked the cute girl to the dance, played on a sports team, stayed out after curfew, won the spelling bee, nailed the job interview and had the best dog growing up. As I continued my “water rounds”, I began to look at each patient in a different way. They were not just their medical charts or current circumstances, but whole people with a wealth of experiences.

846-02792031I think we tend to forget that all people have connections beyond their current situation, and often, we treat the person in front of us as someone who has no ties, untethered to anything or anyone else. Do we ever take an extra minute to really “see” the person? My view changed during my summer at the VA as I saw more than the person who was receiving healthcare, medications, therapy, and yes, even an amazing pitcher of fresh water. So if you are working with or visiting a patient in the hospital, my challenge to you is to take an extra 30 seconds and picture them as what they may have been once—the class president, the kid delivering morning newspapers on a bike, the girl splashing in a swimming pool, the host of the neighborhood barbecue, the young adult volunteering at a soup kitchen, the woman attending church with her grandchildren—and see how your mind shifts to the person they were, and still are.

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Be the Voice – GSA

I never thought about the importance of being a leader in the community until my last year of undergrad. By being a member of the Student Council, Peer Advisory Team, Psychology Student Association, and Writing Fellow, I learned and realized that I could make a difference and be the voice of those who are voiceless. Honestly, I was anxious and nervous at the beginning because I did not like public speaking and I was very much an introvert. However, my passion for helping students success helped me overcome the challenges that came with my development as a leader. I realized the importance of representing our student body to ensure that we have the voice to make the necessary changes on our behalf as a student body at USG.

As a current graduate student, I realized that graduate students do not have much representation nor have the voice in our campus. For my last semester, I decided to apply to be the Institutional Representative for Towson University and UMCP’s Human Development as well as being the Chair for Marketing and Outreach. USG cares about all students, however, we need to advocate for any changes that we want to happen. I am thrilled to have taken these responsibilities and represent our graduate student population. Give voice to those who are voiceless.

Below are some of our accomplishments since we were established in summer 2017.

  • Moved the start time of student parking at Traville from 5:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Advocated to have a variety of food available at the mini mart  
  • Pushed for a coffee machine in the Mini Mart
  • Established Graduate and Professional Appreciation Week (Spring)
  • Fund raised for the Montgomery County Humane Society
  • Established the Little Free Library at the Meditation Garden as 2018 class gift

If you would like to know more, please visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter. I also encourage you to like our USG Graduate Student Association Facebook page to get updates about any upcoming events.

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Where’s the Free Food?

Since everyone is in midterm mode, I thought I would use this opportunity to help detangle a little bit. This blog is going to tell you where you can find free food around campus.

So on Monday, USG hosted it new Mobile Market where students and everyone in the community could come and get free food. It started at 11AM and went on until 1PM. If you were unlucky like me, you had class from 11AM-12:15AM (not to mention the exam waiting for me in that class). However, after class, I was still able to pick up some food. This is my second time doing Mobile Market, and there is always so much food left that I can still pick up something for myself. This Monday, I walked away with yogurt (which tasted awesome), potatoes, and water. I remember that the last time there was the Mobile Market, I walked away with 3 boxes of Almond Milk! It was truly amazing. This opportunity only happens on the 4th Monday of every month, so make sure to check it out. It happens outside at Lot 5, and there is always so much in store. All you have to do is bring a bring (or your car trunk even).

But what can you do when you are hungry right now, and it is not the 4th Monday of the month?  Then there is Grover Essentials. Grover Essentials is a food pantry where students can pack food for themselves. All you have to do is go to CSEF in the SAS suite and tell them that you want to do Grover Essentials. They will show you where the pantry is, and you can stock up on food for the whole week. Students can use this service once a week, and guess what, you do not need to bring a bag. They provide you with bags. So, if you ever feel hungry or think that the cafeteria food is a little pricy, stop by either Mobile Market or CSEF for Grover Essentials, and they will happily fill your tummy.

I personally do Grover Essentials, and I have walked away with so much food. Last time, I walked away with the family size Honey Bunches of Oats Almond cereal, fruit cups, water, and other food materials. I seriously could not stop smiling knowing that my food was covered for the whole week.

Another place where you can find free food is in the USG WEEKLY. Please read those because there are several opportunities for you to be a part of something on campus, and the plus is that there is always food. So make sure to check those out.

So now that you know where you can find free food, I hope you utilize these services to the fullest.



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Opening Statments?

Hello everyone!

I know we have all watched law shows like law and order and other various ones. Can you all recollect the part in the beginning of the trial the prosecution side begins to talk about his client their side and the same with the defenses side. In my Law Advocacy class we learned a lot about the thought process that goes into a trial. I am here to breakdown the process that goes into creating and delivering a great opening statement. Opening statements! There’s a lot that goes into an opening statement for a trial. First thing is that an opening statement is a road map of what the case is about,what the evidence will prove, and what you will ask the jury to do. The opening statement is not the time you want to make an argument, but to tell the jury about your case and what you believe the evidence will show. You don’t want to promise something you can’t deliver therefore only talk about evidence that is known and not over promising whatever you’ve stated.  Stating that “You will hear from her mouth she did this and that” only for them not say a word. This can put a huge dent in you and the jury can hold it against you. You want to tell the story. You would want to paint a vivid picture for the jury. Give them three points to focus on, timeline, or visual and demonstrative evidence depending on your jurisdiction. The idea is wanting to get the juries full attention and having them see and get a feel for what you are presenting. Next introduce the Charge. If it’s a complex charge address the charge add-on or weave it into the facts. The jury needs to know why they are hearing about this charge. You have to establish credibility with the jury. How you want to establish credibility with the jury is by being genuine. Make sure they can trust what you say. Do not say something you’re not going to prove.Bring out the negatives in your case first. By doing so this can pull the jury closer to you then when finding out whatever it is through the other parties mouth. This makes it seem like you have nothing to hide. Be accurate and measured, confidence without cockiness, implicit vouching (not putting yourself in it). Lastly the most important thing is practice! Practice makes things perfect in all things! Practice your opening statement any way you can. Practice to a random person or family member and have them see if it a great as you think it is. Boom! Now you are ready to be just like the lawyer you see on TV!!

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The Brilliance of Worm|A Complete Web Serial


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In the world of fiction, no matter the medium, there are tropes – motifs, cliches, that transcend individual works. In fact, there is a website devoted to the study and categorization of these tropes and their examples. One such example, relevant to this blog post, is the idea of the Invincible Hero. This is a trope that explains itself – the hero, or main character, is more or less invincible due to plot devices or chance and circumstance. Odds are they survive the story, and probably have a happy ending too.

Isn’t that boring?

Two of the core concepts of a college education – like one from USG – are critical thinking and creativity.  Sure, it takes creativity and critical thinking to make an interesting story or movie – but if you can recognize tropes, you’ll find that everything sort of looks the same these days.

How about this – Iron Fist, and Arrow. Two shows on Netflix. Both main characters end up away from home for a period of time and then return later to stake claims and become vigilante heroes. Now, where have we heard this before…oh, yeah – Batman, training with Ra’s al Ghul with the League of Shadows for a few years before returning to Gotham.

Tropes are patterns which humans seem to naturally constrain themselves with in the creation of fiction – and it is through breaking and subverting tropes that a deeper exploration of critical thinking and creativity can take place. To take things even further, you can subvert a subversion – but lets not get crazy.

This brings me to Worm|A Complete Web Serial – a free (and very lengthy) word web serial created with the intent to subvert conventional tropes in fiction. Here’s the summary, written by the author – “An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape from a deeply unhappy and frustrated civilian life. Her first attempt at taking down a supervillain sees her mistaken for one, thrusting her into the midst of the local ‘cape’ scene’s politics, unwritten rules, and ambiguous morals. As she risks life and limb, Taylor faces the dilemma of having to do the wrong things for the right reasons.”

Worm is a story with no plot armor – the author rolled dice numerous times to decide who lives and dies during major events, including the main character. The given powers of individual “capes” tend to have limitations that force the users to be somewhat creative, and many of the powers are abstract and original. People actually struggle. There are interludes focused on side characters, providing extra insight that would otherwise be unavailable. There is a paradox of bountiful information about characters and the world they live in, yet plenty of room for speculation – which leads to the absolutely massive collection of Worm fan works on the web.

It is difficult to espouse the virtues of this web serial, or to get more specific about what tropes are subverted and how, without spoiling it. I ask that you read the first chapter, and decide for yourself whether or not you’ll be pulled into it. Fair warning – this is not a children’s book. If you do decide to delve into Worm, try to learn something from it – whether it’s a new approach to creative writing, a new sense of empathy, or just a good sense for foreshadowing. Believe me – there’s foreshadowing for foreshadowing.

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An Ode to Padlet

I spend about three hours of my Tuesday evenings sharing, discussing, and analyzing various websites, platforms, and applications helpful to teachers and students in the education world. Of all the technologies that we’ve reviewed so far this semester, there’s one that I believe has a greater function for graduate students than for elementary school students.


At its core, Padlet is used as a live bulletin board. Imagine a virtual version of brainstorming using post-its, but without dropping paper everywhere or worrying about if your handwriting will be legible in a few minutes. There are several specific functions of the platform I find to be an exciting, more visually appealing version of more traditional websites.

  1. It can show information all in one piece: an alternative to a template on Google Docs or Word. The example provided in the gallery on Padlet is a guide to training for a half-marathon. Padlet allows you to create columns, grouping information into organized sections.
  2. It can act as a discussion board: an alternative to going through ELMS or any type of forum. Typical discussion boards or forums require refreshing to see responses. Padlet is updated live, much like how anything on Google Drive is if more than one person is on it. Another feature is “reactions,” as people do not necessarily have to comment to participate on the board. If reactions or turned on, people can react to an idea by hitting a thumbs up/down button or smiley face/frowny face.
  3. It can be a stand-alone website: an alternative to more complex websites that require money to create a domain or an overwhelming amount of time dedicated to getting used to a complex user interface. Padlet allows users to think of a simple note (a square, like a class post-it) as their main module. Users can drag it around, include videos, audio, images, and links to websites or another Padlet. A great example of Padlet’s example is this streamlined virtual library.
  4. Last, but not least, it’s a new, exciting way to present information when you’re out of Google Slide or Powerpoint themes…or Prezi. I knew I found myself, after four years of high school, four years of college, and another three years making presentations for students as a teacher, I was looking for a new way to show information. Padlet has that covered!


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To the Ends of the World


Hello everyone! This morning I had been writing a paper for ENGL 394 – Business Writing about the processes involved in creating a gayageum, a Korean stringed instrument displayed above in the photo. Researching about the gayageum made me appreciate even more the culture my family had brought with them to the United States, and the paper became much more exciting to do!

One thing that I have come to love about USG is that as you walk around the campus, you can see the incredible amount of diversity all around. The second I walk into Building III, the array of flags is always so welcoming! The people I have come to meet here are all so incredible and have their own individual story to tell. Some have moved to the United States when they had been little, everything so new and mesmerizing to their young selves. Others have come not so long ago, still in the middle of adjusting to everything this country has to offer, but growing into their new selves here at USG with enthusiasm and excitement for the future.


For me, I had been born here, but there has always been a connection to Korea that I could never let go of. As I grew older, I began to learn more about the culture and came to adore the country. But a beautiful thing about humanity is that home is not necessarily the place of birth nor the place of ancestry. It is not a single place or even a place at all. It can be wherever your family is, wherever your loved ones are, or even wherever your heart is. Perhaps there are no blood ties to a certain place but your heart is there, feelings of nostalgia and longing always present, and that could be home for you.

Home became a mixture of the United States and Korea in my case, and I could not be more thankful. To experience two or more cultures in a lifetime, to learn languages and meet so many people is so incredible, and USG fosters that kind of community and environment for its students. As a student here, I can proudly say that USG has been so much fun for me, being able to experience such a variety of cultures and perspectives all on one campus, even within a single day. No day is the same here, and that’s something that I hope everyone here can experience at USG.

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