Second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students Austen Turner, Arvind Devgan and Kenny Luc received a surprise gift when they met the subject of their “”Patient Evaluation”” practical.

Chino resident Marsha Gall gave them each purple beanie caps knitted by her cousin.

“”They’re worth it because they work so hard,”” Gall said. “”They set a goal and they accomplish it.””

These students helped her in recovering from multiple strokes and a broken hip. She also worked with DPT students last year.

“”They’re so polite and sweet and they want to help,”” Gall said. “”They’re just so caring.””

The practical exam was part of Dr. Mary Hudson-McKinney’s “”Examination and Management of Neurological Disorders”” class. The students were required to conduct a full physical therapy evaluation. The DPT program is part of the College of Allied Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences.

Luc said they responded to her kind gesture by wearing the beanies throughout the examination.

“”We thought it was our duty to do this as a gesture to thank her,”” he said. “”We received a warm welcome and plenty of smiles and laughs while conducting our patient evaluation. We poked fun at each other because we thought it was goofy and awesome at the same time.””

“”Personally, I was grateful and felt she got as much joy and satisfaction giving it to us, as we did receiving these,”” Turner said. “”It reminds me that all patients should be treated as a whole, not just by their condition.””