Advanced Medical's New Grad Program
The First Step In Your Travel Therapy Adventure
If you’ve just graduated from college and you’re unsure of what your next steps should be, then our industry-leading New Grad program is just the thing to kickstart your travel therapy career! We take talented graduates (like you) and place them into exciting travel therapy positions, all while providing amazing support and clinical mentorship. It’s called the Travel Therapy New Grad Program.
Where do you picture yourself after college? Our New Grad network is nationwide, meaning you can work anywhere: From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the snow to the desert — work wherever your sense of adventure takes you.
13-week assignments give you the flexibility to work where you want, when you want. Get a feeling for different practices and places with assignments that work within whatever schedule you choose.
There’s a reason travel therapy is so popular — free private housing, completion bonuses and tax-free living expenses on top of competitive wages makes your career choice a lucrative one.
Broaden your skill set by working in diverse communities and multiple facilities. From large hospitals in busy cities to smaller clinics in sleepy towns, you can choose your challenge and sharpen your skills.
$5,000 Tuition Reimbursement
What’s better than working in the career you love while getting paid to travel to exciting new places? Honestly, not much. But we may have found something: $5,000 in tax-free money to help defray your education costs. Just complete a set number of assignments in two years and the check is in the mail! Your recruiter will give you the details!
Free Continued Education Courses
Learning never ends, especially in the therapy world. That’s why we offer over 1000 continued education courses (with new courses added daily) for the first two years of your New Grad program, available 24/7, free. We should probably put that in bold: Free.
Never Travel Alone
Our Advanced Mentors are highly qualified and experienced travelers who are there to help you with invaluable clinical insight and all-around travel support. Every Advanced Mentor has been right where you are, so you'll never feel alone.
Meet the Advanced Mentors
Kelsey Besler, Speech-Language Pathologist
Kelsey is a long time Advanced Medical traveler, having completed assignments in NC, FL, and TX. Her entire life, she knew she wanted to be a speech therapist, having dealt with speech impediments first hand as a child. Kelsey travels for the adventure and enjoys meeting many new people with every placement. While on the road, she has gained clinical experience as well as life experience, and plans on traveling until she finds the perfect place to settle down. There are many aspects of travel that Kelsey loves, but mostly she enjoys the rewarding experience of helping others all over the country. As a mentor, Kelsey hopes to expand her her reach by helping new grads have the best first travel experience possible. Kelsey’s sister is a new grad SLP, so Kelsey will enjoy mentoring her as well!
Neil Patel, Physical Therapist
Neil was born in New Jersey and moved to Haines City, FL when he was young. A proud Gator, Neil earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and an M.S. in Clinical Physiology from the University of Florida. From there, it was off to Boston to attend the prestigious MGH Institute of Health Professions, where Neil was able to sharpen his abilities in an Inpatient Neurological setting. Neil combined his love of travel with a desire to be closer to his family by focusing his travel therapy efforts in the tri-state area (NY,NJ, and PA). Neil currently lives in Philadelphia and has PT licenses in MA, NJ, NY, and PA. His high evaluations, clinical diversity, and desire to help new grad therapists make him an ideal fit for the Advanced Medical Mentoring Team. When Neil is not practicing, you can find him cheering on his beloved Florida Gators, reading, attending live concerts, and always finding time for his friends and family.
Lynann Pfister, Physical Therapist
Lynann Pfister is talented physical therapist that hails from Franklin, WI. Split in half by the Root River, Franklin sits just outside Milwaukee and has been named as a “top place to live”, by Money Magazine. At age 14, Lynann suffered a sprained ankle. The ensuing rehabilitation process was overwhelmingly positive and lit a fuse that eventually resulted in a career as a physical therapist. For her educational career Lynann decided to stay in the badger state, earning her DPT from Carroll University. Carroll is a small Presbyterian school that used to be known as Carroll College until it was incorporated as a university in 2009. Famous alumni include Fred MacMurray of My Three Sons fame. Lynann originally was drawn into travel therapy with a preferred role in outpatient settings, but quickly craved the opportunity to diversify her experiences. Since then, Lynann has become a true “jack of all trades”, working in outpatient ortho, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, and acute settings. Her Advanced Medical recruiter states: “Lynann came to us as a new grad PT, watching her grow over the past 3 years has been so much fun. I love working with her because she is sincere and dedicated to her profession and to me, displays what a real leader is!”
Janet Shannon, Speech Language Pathologist
Hailing from Central Illinois, SLP mentor Janet Shannon lives with her husband in Bloomington-Normal. She gained her Master’s Degree from Illinois State in an SLP program offering diverse instruction in both medical and educational settings. With her daughter leaving for college and her son shipping off for Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, this 15-year veteran serving as a public school SLP was ready for a change. Being someone who loves to travel, Advanced Medical offered Janet an opportunity to see some new places and transition her skillset into skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Janet looks forward to sharing her wealth of experiences in multiple settings to our rookie SLP’s. Her career with Advanced Medical has shown her the importance of finding a company that matches up her talent with the right facility. Janet also loves her recruiter who she says acts as her “business manager”, allowing her to concentrate on what she loves…therapy! Janet shares a variety of interests with her husband, including cooking, attending sporting events, and occasionally a little ballroom dancing. Her love of travel consists of mostly warm and sunny locales including a recent cruise and a California getaway with her daughter.
Melissa Jones, MS, CCC-SLP
Melissa Jones received her BA from Baylor University and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master’s of Science, Communication disorders. She has experience with pediatrics through geriatrics, with more concentrated experience in the treatment of dysphagia, cognition, and autism. She is also involved with a nonprofit hippotherapy clinic, where she works with children on developing their speech and language skills. She is a speech language pathologist from Texas and have been a long time traveler with Advanced Medical. In her travels, she has been to every state on the western half of the United States with her husband and their dog. She loves her job as a SLP, and loves being able to share her experiences and everything she’s learned along the way.
Kristi Schellenburg, Occupational Therapist
Licensed in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, (and working on Virginia and Colorado) Kristi is an OT constantly looking to challenge herself by embracing fresh faces and places. As someone who was very much a creature of habit, Kristi has used travel therapy to step outside her comfort zone and learn how to adapt quickly to new clinical situations. She grew up in the Baltimore, MD area where she excelled at Lacrosse and attended nearby Towson University. At Towson, Kristi was a graduate of the first dual BS/MS program, which gave her a comprehensive liberal arts education with a professional competence emphasis. Kristi prefers to work in the acute care rehab arena, where she thrives on unpredictable circumstances and the ability to help someone regain the basic necessities of returning back to normal. She has loved traveling with Advanced Medical due to her comfort level with the recruiting team that always makes her “feel safe and well taken care of”. A self-described “goofy person”, Kristi is easy to engage and bakes some seriously good chocolate chip cookies. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who finds entertainment through kickball, snowboarding, and rock climbing, while channeling her competitive side with a love of the Denver Broncos and Washington Capitals. With an upcoming trip to Switzerland and Germany, Kristi will break in her first passport on her way to conquer the world.
Learn More About Our New Grad Program
- An amazing start to your lifelong career in exciting travel destinations.
- Mentorship from travel therapists that have been in your shoes.
- Free Continued Education courses to keep you on top of your game.
- Oh yeah, and $5,000 to defray your education costs.
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