Kinesiology alumnus Efosa Guobadia, ’07, embarks on trip around the world to promote physical therapy, health, and service

November 20, 2014

Efosa L. Guobadia, who received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007, will embark on an 8+-month trip around the world at the end of November. Guobadia, who earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Scranton, will focus on service work and international connections and relationship building as he attempts to capture a perspective of physical therapy, health and service from around the world. His journey will take him through 20 countries in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, before returning back to the U.S.

“I learned many things in the classroom and the lacrosse field that still affect how I practice my craft and live my life,” says Guobadia, a former member of the varsity lacrosse team under Coach Greg Cannella. “The Kinesiology department prepared me well for my studies at Scranton, and Coach Cannella prepared me for the challenges and opportunities that present themselves in life. UMass really helped to develop the foundation for many of my professional actions.”

After earning his doctorate in Physical Therapy, Guobadia took a job with ATI Physical Therapy, a company with over 400 physical therapy outpatient clinics in 12 states. Early in his career at ATI Physical Therapy, he developed, in collaboration with his colleagues, a mission trip and service program to send health clinicians to places that are under reached or underserved in different parts of the world.

“As program leader I have now led groups from my company on 8 mission trips,” says Guobadia. “We team up with other service organizations which help us prepare the ‘ground operations.’ The experiences have been wonderful.”

Guobadia is also the founder of Physical Therapy Haven, a website that contains rehabilitation resources geared towards rehab clinicians including videos, study guides, as well as links to other useful sites. #GlobalPTConnect is a hashtag that PT Haven is promoting to be used as a hub for Physical/Physio Therapy enthusiasts to share actions and interactions from around the world with a focus on networking or acts of service.

During his trip around the world, Guobadia plans to serve, treat, teach, learn, and attempt to create a “mosaic” view of health and service in different regions of the world. He will be sharing the story of his journey through his personal page on the Physical Therapy Haven website as well as on the ATI MissionWorks website. You can also follow him through the Physical Therapy Haven Facebook page.

Left: Efosa Guobadia instructs a class. Right: Efosa Guobadia in Guatemala.