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Meet a Badger: Jenelle Deatherage ’00 MPT’03

Jenelle Deatherage ’00 MPT’03 and her children

Which years did you attend UW?
I attended UW from 1995-2000 for my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and 2001-2003 for my Masters in Physical therapy.

What is your hometown?
My hometown is East Peoria, IL.

Describe your career.
I am currently a sports medicine physical therapist with UW Health. I work with active people of all ages to help them rehabilitate after orthopedic injuries and surgeries. My main area of specialty is working with injured runners, but I enjoy seeing a variety of patients with different interests.

Describe a fond memory of your years at UW.
My fondest memories at UW are of winning Big 10 Championships with my teammates on the cross country and track team. I was fortunate to be part of a very hardworking and talented group of women. I also met my husband in physical therapy school. He was my anatomy dissection partner. :)

How would you describe the education you received at UW?
I cannot imagine a better place to get an education. UW was the perfect fit for me. I felt it was the best combination of challenging academics and a supportive learning environment with plenty of fun mixed in.

What would you tell prospective students who are considering UW?
I would say to anyone considering UW that you won't regret deciding to become a Badger. UW Madison is such a special place, it's hard to put into words.

How will you celebrate the UW? Check out the ways you can join the philanthropic festivities when Day of the Badger returns March 28–29.