YTA Physical Therapist
My name is Kaitlyn Lorant and I am the Physical Therapist Advisor for the Youth, Teen, and Young Adult program at the GBS-CIDP Foundation International. At the age of eight, I was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) and underwent three weeks of plasmapheresis as well as intensive physical therapy at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. After additional physical therapy and aquatic therapy, I made a complete recovery almost a year after being diagnosed. With the support of my medical team, family, and friends, life as I knew it slowly returned to normal. I returned to playing travel soccer and dancing at her local studio, which were both activities that fueled my passion for movement science.
I am currently in my final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN with anticipated graduation this May. As a student physical therapist, I co-chair the Minnesota student special interest group, which creates networking and educational events for physical therapy and physical therapist assistance students.
With my experience as a child having GBS and as an emerging physical therapist, I feel as though my knowledge and skillset can greatly benefit youth, teens, and young adults navigating the healthcare field and working to establish a new normal.