The Linda Seestedt-Stanford Award was created in 2018 through the generosity of Angela Blose Corley ’67. This award recognizes one graduating student in each of the founding programs: occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant. Students are selected for this award based on demonstrated excellence in academics, clinical performance, and a record of service and leadership activities during their time in the program.
Physical Therapy Recipient
Tåsi Ann Guerrero Ada brightened the halls of MDCHS from the moment she arrived on campus and impressed the faculty with her desire to become the best physical therapist possible. She embraced the hardest courses immediately, and during her first year Ada went above and beyond to pursue a strength and conditioning certification Throughout her coursework, Ada encouraged classmates, staff, and faculty and always demonstrated kindness, compassion, and respect. During her two 16-week clinical rotations, she devoted weekends to certification workshops in women’s health. “It is easy to see her passion for physical therapy through her willingness to help others, her empathy and care for her patients, and her ability to make those around her at ease,” noted Martha Butler and Matt Vellucci, Ada’s clinical instructors. “She brings a wealth of both academic knowledge and life experience to the table, and throughout her clinical experience still sought additional ways to grow professionally.”
Physician Assistant Recipient
Montana Lynne Weitzel has been a relentless advocate for her classmates, a superlative student, and a creative leader. She has left an impact on the Physician Assistant Program that will linger for a long time. She demonstrated exceptional professional behaviors, service to the program, and academic excellence, while also serving as class president.
Occupational Therapy Recipient
Asma Amir Juddha demonstrated excellence in clinical performance, service, and leadership and brought passion, enthusiasm, and energy to her work. Her strengths stood out during clinical experiences and through her service and leadership during her time at Murphy Deming. She volunteered with the YMCA’s NeuroWellness program supporting clients’ participation in wellness activities as well as at the Middle River Regional Jail, enhancing the occupational performance of women at that center. “We are so honored that this exceptional graduate, whose past experience includes work as an assistant teacher and in pediatric behavioral support, found the profession of occupational therapy as we know she will make a tremendous impact on our profession,” said Allison Ellington, program director.