About Us

Pre-PT Grind LLC is the product of a Pre-PT Program designed and started in 2014 at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The program, originated by our Pre-PT Grind Co-Founder Joses Ngugi, sought to create a student-led mentorship experience that provided future Doctor of Physical Therapy students with the tools and community needed to not only make it to the next phase of their journey, but THRIVE!

As the Pre-PT Grind, our goal and mission still remains the same. Our aim is to help you navigate through the Pre-PT process, while ultimately becoming Leaders for the next generation of physical therapists. We are here to SERVE you!

Co-Founders of Pre-PT Grind

Dr. Joses Ngugi joses@preptgrind.com |  jointpurposefit.com   

Joses Ngugi received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree on August 6, 2017 from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He had the pleasure of serving as class President for all 3 years of his Doctoral degree. Joses was originally born in the beautiful country of Kenya, on the continent of Africa. While he does hold a Batchelor's degree in Health Sciences along with his graduate level DPT degree, his passions go beyond academics. He loves to travel both domestically and internationally, and loves sports with a specific appreciation for the Los Angeles Lakers! Most importantly however, his family and God are number 1 in his life. Joses is also the founder of the soon-to-be released Pre-PT Success program. As a Co-Founder of Pre-PT Grind, it is no secret that Joses has a deep passion to help guide Pre-Physical Therapy students along the journey towards their dreams of not only becoming DPT students, but absolutely phenomenal future clinicians!

Dr. Casey Coleman, DPT

casey@preptgrind.com | caseycolemanpt.wordpress.com

Casey Coleman, DPT is originally from Chicago Illinois and and graduated with his Doctor of physical therapy degree from Andrews University in August 2018. He received his bachelor of health science from Andrews University in 2015. He admires the ability of the body to heal itself, with an interest in human biomechanics that respects human anatomy. Casey Coleman is also the Publications director at  newgradphysicaltherapy.com / Covalentcareers.com His mission is to grow the field of physical therapy by mentoring and empowering you, the future leaders of PT, to take the profession to new heights. Outside of physical therapy his hobbies include learning, laughing, music, and sports.

 Meet Our Team

Sara Stankoskey| Social Media Intern Directosara@preptgrind.com 

Sara is a former student-athlete that graduated in May 2017 from Illinois State University majoring in Exercise Science. She is currently a 3rd year PT student in Rosalind Franklin University’s DPT program in North Chicago. Sara has an interest in helping others be the best version of themselves, reach goals, and step outside their comfort zone. In her free time, she likes attending concerts, watching Netflix, listening to podcasts, and playing soccer. 

Nyasha Abrams | Social Media Intern Director

Nyasha is a PRE-Physical Therapy Students, Low GPA Applicant. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise. Post-Graduation, she became a Faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles teaching Kinesiology students how to treat Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various other Neurological Conditions. She's also a Supervisor at the Rancho Los Amigos National Neurological Hospital. Her passion is to bring light and serve to the Neurological Community as much as she can. She runs her own business that also serves the Neurological Community called, NuSPARK. Nyasha also has a passion for Women’s Health. She's the head of a program that teaches women suffering from homelessness and drug addiction to exercise at the Los Angeles Mission. She wants women in health care to feel empowered and be their authentic selves in a male dominant field. She wants to show PRE-PT’s that you do not have to wait until you get your doctorate degree to make huge change in the field.

Amanda Jen


Amanda is a non-traditional pre-physical therapy student. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Washington State University with her bachelor’s in Psychology and Pre-Physical Therapy. Having a twin sibling with cerebral palsy and other special needs, she developed a love for healthcare at a young age and chose to pursue physical therapy when she was 14 years-old. She spent 11 months traveling to 11 countries as a missionary with The World Race, and she is passionate about helping people on their journey towards healing and restoration by developing healthy habits, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As a physical therapist, she hopes to serve people with special needs and continue to travel. She would love to lead international medical mission trips where future PT students would get hands on-experience serving people who don’t have access to care. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, crocheting, watching baking shows, getting outside, and going on adventures.

Annie Milschewski

Annie is a Pre-PT who graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science in 2018. She is currently a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Coach with a passion for helping people through human movement. When she isn’t coaching clients or working out herself, she loves to read, go hiking, travel, and be outdoors.

Alexis Copeland

Alexis, is former collegiate student athlete that graduated in April 2017 earning her degree in Kinesiology from Concordia University- Texas. Originally from San Antonio, Texas where she is working as a Rehab tech. Her future goals is to help and inspire people by becoming a physical therapist. Her faith is a huge importance in her life, where she is also apart of overseeing the children’s ministry in her father’s church. In her free time is enjoys dancing, playing and coaching basketball and spending time with family and friends.

Seth Moore

Seth is a Pre-PT student, currently in his Junior Year at Lamar University. He is currently studying Exercise Science and Fitness Management with a minor in Music. Seth is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and pursue their purpose in life. Seth currently serves as the Vice President in his university's Physical and Occupational Therapy Club and a Counselor Leader at a summer church camp. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Yorges

Hi my name is Emily Yorges and I am a non traditional pre-PT student from Torrington Wyoming. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelors in Kinesiology and Health Promotion-Athletic Training and have been working as a licensed and certified athletic trainer since 2010 in a physical therapy clinic that provides outreach athletic training services to local high schools. I chose to pursue physical therapy for many reasons including stability for my family, the need for quality healthcare in the rural setting, and overall increasing my knowledge of human movement to apply to people of all walks of life! In my spare time I love to spend time with my husband Colin and two sons Colby and Dax. We raise and show cattle and I love watching my kids grow up and be passionate about something they work hard at.

Lawrence Earl Pabalinas

Lawrence Earl Pabalinas graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Because of the Rio Grande Valley and the borderland culture, he grew more passionate about giving back to others and uplifting the community. His goals and purpose in physical therapy are to empower the idea that Exercise is Medicine®, give back to his family, and pay it forward by helping other students. In his free time, he enjoys taking dance classes, hanging out with friends, and lifting weights.

Shawntel Freeman


Shawntel is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University with a degree in Kinesiology. Her goal is to inspire other low gpa, pre-physical therapy students looking for guidance. Outside of preparing to become a strong applicant her hobbies include reading , traveling and weightlifting.

Sarieni Vasquez

Sarieni is nontraditional PRE OT student. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in health sciences. She is extremely blessed for having the PRE- PT Grind and Accepted System family for helping with being a low gpa student and the GRE. She would not be the student she is today if was not for Joses and Casey because they taught her the ability to educate, inspire and advocate for future students. In her free you can catch her playing soccer with her friends, hanging with family, and listening to podcasts.

Erik Montoya

Originally from the Boston area, Erik is a Pre-Pt student at the university of New Hampshire. Erik is passionate about helping inspire pre-pt students along their journey.His goal as a future physical therapist include owning his own outpatient clinic and teaching others the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In his free time he enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Morgan Goldsmith-Capps

Morgan graduated from West Chester University in 2017 with a bachelors in Exercise Science. She works a Fitness Specialist and enjoys working with all populations from young to wise. She wants to encourage people to move in the best way possible. Her favorite things are dancing and spending time with her family.

Melissa Scheetz

Melissa is a non-traditional pre-PT with an eclectic background. She danced with a semi professional ballet company for 5 years, and post injury switched to a career in retail. While working in store and later at corporate she completed a Bachelors in Finance at the University of South Florida. Realizing how much she missed dance and wanting to help dancers, Melissa completed a Masters in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah. Ultimately her goal is to work with dancers so they can enjoy their careers by helping feeling stronger and more confident in class, rehearsals, & performances and not only as they need help when recovering from injury.

Natalie Prisco

Natalie graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in kinesiology in May 2020 and is a pre-PT student. She is a now a Rehab Aide at an outpatient physical therapy clinic. She was apart of season 5 Accepted System as well as the podcast interns. She enjoyed podcast editing and created the new segment, Faculty Highlights. In her free time she enjoys going for walks, playing with her dogs and spending time with her family and friends.



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