Rehab Rebels: Alternative Career Paths for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, & Speech Language Pathology Professionals
From Physical Therapist to Cornell MBA with Keith Liao DPT, MBA RR 030
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#030 Keith Liao shares his career journey from Physical Therapists to Cornell MBA & climbing gym business owner. Alternative career change to business owner.
Keith, a California native, pursued an economics degree at UCLA before attending PT school in Boston. He later obtained an MBA from Cornell University. With a business-oriented mindset, Keith became a traveling physical therapist, but after three years, he sought better opportunities and pursued an MBA. During his studies, he interned with the National Park Service and later joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a federal consultant. When the pandemic hit, Keith returned to Cornell and seized the chance to establish his own climbing gym, personally overseeing its construction. As the gym became self-sufficient, Keith found a consulting job at Potrero Group, aligning with his previous experience. Today, he owns the gym, works as a contract consultant, and founded an education startup called Aedify, using his physical therapy skills to excel in his new endeavors.
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