2017 Tillman Scholar

Jessica Blake

Military Spouse
The George Washington University

“I want to help my patients achieve their goals through rehabilitation.”

As she has followed her husband’s Army career, Jessica has worked as a civilian for the military as well as a healthcare administrator for the Department of the Army. For three years, she served as a physical therapy technician in an Army health clinic and was honored to play a small role in the recovery of injured soldiers. Her patients’ drive, determination, positivity and commitment to service of others, sometimes after severe injury or a long road with chronic conditions, inspired her. Over time, she learned about many aspects of coping and recovery through her patients, and she discovered a passion for giving back through physical therapy.

With the support and encouragement of her husband and family, Jessica is pursuing her goal to support the military community and underserved communities as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist. Through her program, she has had the opportunity to work not only in military settings, but also with special needs childrens’ adaptive sports groups and with underserved populations in Washington, D.C. area as well as internationally. As a physical therapist, she hopes to work with many of these populations, guiding her patients through challenges, celebrating their successes in recovery, and inspiring them to achieve goals that may seem unreachable.