Meet Colby Twist

Omaha, NE
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Colby Twist

"The best advice I can provide for any current or future BCU student would be to find out what you are passionate about and to immerse yourself in every opportunity you can."


— Colby Twist
Omaha, NE
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Colby Twist ('19), a graduate student in Briar Cliff's Doctor of Physical Therapy program*, was inspired to pursue physical therapy after working with a physical therapist in high school following a snowboarding accident. After graduating, Colby plans to return to the Omaha-Lincoln area to begin his career.

Colby chose BCU's DPT program for many reasons, the most influential being the pro bono Clinic. The Briar Cliff Clinic provides physical therapy services to the underinsured and uninsured while allowing current physical therapy students to apply their clinical abilities during the didactic portion of the program.

"The combination of providing services to those in need and accelerating my clinical skills as a future physical therapist was an opportunity that I could not pass up," said Colby. 

Colby is also grateful to Dr. Patrick Cross, Dr. Heidi Nelson, and program assistant Meggen Lloyd for their support, guidance and commitment to his success during his journey through the program

"Dr. Cross was an excellent faculty research advisor and helped me understand the importance of proper documentation and the legal aspects of physical therapy. He was understanding of my aspirations and provided me with guidance on how to achieve these goals," Colby said. "Dr. Nelson was a phenomenal mentor while I served on the Briar Cliff Clinic's student board as a Clinic Co-Coordinator. She supported myself and all other board members while also challenging us to improve the clinic and ourselves."

He continued: "Mrs. Lloyd is the most supportive and caring women I have ever met. She cared about every single student that walked in the door and would lend an ear whether it was school related or if we just needed to vent about something going on in our personal lives. I would not have made it through this program without these three amazing role models."

While Colby still has a year until graduation, he's already well aware of the lessons he's learned during his time at The Cliff.

"I will take two vital lessons away from my time at Briar Cliff University. First, in order to provide the best care for my patients I need to commit myself to a life of continuing education, specifically evidence based research and interventions," he said. "Secondly and most importantly, I will always remember that it is my responsibility as a future healthcare provider and a child of god to provide holistic and altruistic care for anyone in need regardless of their financial situation, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics."

For current and future BCU students, Colby offered a few words of wisdom.

"The best advice I can provide for any current or future BCU student would be to find out what you are passionate about and to immerse yourself in every opportunity you can, even if you are not passionate about that specific opportunity," he said. "I found out that I was passionate about organizations and activities that I didn't even know existed prior to admittance into this program. To truly understand and love one another we have to undergo experiences that differ from our own in order to challenge our personal beliefs and previous conceptions."

*The Department of Physical Therapy at Briar Cliff University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. To contact the program directly, please call 712-279-5500 or email dpt@briarcliff.edu.

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