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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.