UC alumna Dr. Amy Banks ’06

CAHS Alumni Spotlight: Amy Banks ’06

May 31, 2017

A recent Distinguished Alumni Award honoree for the UC College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) with Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Amy Banks ’06 is an innovative leader in her profession and is actively engaged with her alma mater.

As a physical therapist at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, she helps patients improve their physical functioning and quality of life. She was recently appointed clinical director for a VA neurologic residency program, and also serves as a clinical instructor and VA-certified mentor. Banks remains involved with UC, most recently on the planning committee for CAHS Alumni & Friends Back in Class, a college-wide interdisciplinary continuing education program hosted the Friday of Homecoming weekend.

Banks recently answered questions about receiving a CAHS Distinguished Alumni Award and her relationship with the University of Cincinnati.

What did it mean to you to receive the CAHS Distinguished Alumni Award for Rehabilitation Sciences this spring?
“It meant so much to me to receive the award. To be formally recognized by my favorite professors and Dean Whalen while having the opportunity to spend time immersed in the college again is a memory I will always treasure.”

UC alumna Dr. Amy Banks ’06How did UC prepare you for the profession and your current role at the VA?
“Two of the most important things I learned while at UC are perseverance and flexibility. These qualities, along with the strong academic preparation I received, have helped me succeed in my role at the VA.”

Do you have any favorite memories of UC as a student?
“Some of my favorite memories are spending time with my classmates studying and practicing skills on each other. As a small class, we got to know each other well and spent a lot of time together!”

What motivates you to give back to UC as an alumna?
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended UC. I want to give back to the PT department, not only generally, but specifically to the next generation of physical therapists. Giving of time and mentorship to others is one of the best ways to continue to grow as a professional.”

For more information about the College of Allied Health Sciences Alumni Network or volunteering with the college, email Bri Coggins, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, or call 513-556-4005.



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