Doctor of Physical Therapy
My name is Veronica Velasquez and I am a proud Filipina DACAmented immigrant. I recently received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Currently, I work full time as a Licensed Physical Therapist in a hospital in South Los Angeles. I arrived to the US by plane using a tourist visa when I was 10 years old. I had no idea of the circumstances at the time. I was merely a child following her parents. Little did I know that my parent's decision to move to the United States would be one of the most surprising/longstanding challenges of my life. Despite all the difficulties of finding out I was undocumented in high school to being uncertain of how I was going to attain an education with my status, I knew I needed to forge through. My parents believed in the power of education; they instilled that same belief in me. My parents believed in the US and its ability to grant opportunities. It was my mission to honor my parent's sacrifice. So I went to community college for 4 years. I earned my Bachelors in Kinesiology at CSUSB with a minor in gender/sexuality studies. By pure grit/hard work and a DACA status, I was accepted into Western University of Health Sciences where I took 3 years to earn my Doctoral level degree to become the Physical Therapist I am today. Today, I believe that my status makes me a more caring and empathetic healthcare provider. In the workplace, my undocumented status is not my weakness; it is my superpower. I am thankful for these hardships. I have learned what a true sense of community is in the Immigrant/undocumented community. I have have become more grateful in the blessings of working and supporting my family because of it. I have learned what resilience is and what advocacy truly means as our community continues to fight for change. I hope that our undocumented stories show that we are an unstoppable community. We will forge our own paths and we indeed have.