This Valley Stream physical therapy student marks career milestone


Gregory Mensch, a Valley Stream native, joined 24 other graduating physical therapists at the New York Institute of Technology’s Riland auditorium earlier this year. A white coat — a symbol of the health profession — was handed to them to signal the end of their wide-eyed time of schooling in the classroom and the start of their clinical rotations as newly certified professionals. Mensch, draped with his new coat, stood beaming alongside his New York Tech Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2025.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome the students of the New York Tech D.P.T. Class of 2025,” said Cheryl Hall, associate professor and chair of the D.P.T. Program in a press release. “Most often, students receive their white coats when they’ve completed all of their didactic work. But since our students begin their clinical work following their first full academic year, we wanted to send them out into the world with this reminder of the important work they will do and the profession they will represent.

“This is a very exciting first step for these future professionals, and we are so happy to be able to share in their special moment,” said Hall.