TarrancewallaceTerrance Wallace knew during his freshman year in high school that he wanted to be a physical therapist. The Milwaukee, Wis. native researched colleges and then plotted a graph with the highest ranked PT schools along one side and the cost on another.

“I eventually applied to all of my top choices, but when I visited UAB during spring break of my junior year in high school I knew wanted to be a Blazer,” said Wallace. “The people were exceptionally friendly and I absolutely loved the weather.”

And he hasn’t looked back since. In 2005, Wallace received his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (now Healthcare Management) in the School of Health Professions at UAB. He graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008. Wallace remained in Birmingham and is the lead therapist in the falls prevention and mobility clinic at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. His particular focus is on preventing injuries related to falls and balance disorders.

“I enjoy the interaction with patients,” said Wallace. “Working with the geriatrics, you hear how they were drafted right out of high school and the experience of serving in World War II. At the same time, I feel like I’m having an impact on their lives getting them back to walking safely after a fall or surgery.”

Wallace isn’t done with school yet. He hopes to return to UAB next year to earn his master’s of business administration.

“I really enjoy working in healthcare,” said Wallace. “It’s such a complex and dynamic industry that there’s always something new to learn. I’m intrigued by the business side of healthcare in terms of healthcare strategy and exploring innovative ways to improve the healthcare industry.”

Wallace hopes he would still have the option to work with patients even after moving up in his career. He believes though that he’ll have more of an impact on the healthcare system working for everybody instead of one-on-one.