Saturday, September 29, 2018

PHS Alumni Honor Roll Profile: Therese Rinaldi

Therese Rinaldi
Blogger's Note: On Friday Oct.19, 2018, the Pottstown School District Alumni Honor Roll Committee will induct four alumni in to the District’s Alumni Honor Roll at the 33rd annual event. In preparation, The Digital Notebook will present profiles of all four inductees as provided and prepared by the Foundation for Pottstown Education.

Today we present 
Dr. Therese Rinaldi, DPM, Class of 1979.

After high school, Therese earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Widener University. In 1989 she earned her Degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine.

Therese began her medical career as a Staff Registered Nurse at Pennsylvania Hospital before moving to the Skilled Nursing Inc. as a Critical Care Nursing Contractor. After earning her Doctorate, she became a Podiatric Surgical Resident at what is now known as Washington Hospital Center. In 1990, she returned to Pottstown as a Director and Surgeon for the Pottstown Foot and Ankle Center before becoming a Partner and Practitioner at the Foot and Ankle Health Group, PC in Pottstown, Royersford and Boyertown.

When asked what graduating from Pottstown High School means to her, Therese responded “Graduating from the same high school as both of my parents was a grand tribute to their faith in the quality of the education they received. I know Pottstown High School equipped me with the necessary knowledge, experience, confidence and skills to go anywhere and do anything I dreamed- for that I am thankful.”

Therese responded that Proud to be from Pottstown means that “ I am proud to have grown up in Pottstown, a diverse community of art, industry, beauty and history. Nestled along the Schuylkill River in the corner of three counties, we locals have easy access to both rural and urban experiences. After podiatric medical school and surgery residency, there was no question as to where I wanted to set up my practice and raise a family. Some of my first patients came because they either knew me or my family, and that continues to this day, 28 years later.”

Being named to PHS Alumni Honor Roll is a wonderful distinction. To be recognized, as many others before me, for my accomplishments helps current PHS students realize that they have all the tools and opportunities here, one just needs to find what makes them happy then work hard to pursue it. Success will surely follow.

My advice to Pottstown High School students is simple. Get out there, experience life, find your passion and do not stop until you achieve your goals--and enjoy life along the way.

The four honorees will be recognized at the Annual Alumni Honor Roll event on Friday October 19, 2018. The event will begin with a continental breakfast at the Pottstown High School followed by a tour of the Alumni Gallery. The recognition ceremony will be held during an assembly in the High School’s Stanley Davenport Auditorium. The induction ceremony will be followed by a luncheon at the Brookside Country Club. Members of the community as well as all Pottstown High School Alumni are welcome to the event and can purchase tickets for $50 per person which includes admission to all of the events listed above. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Tickets for the luncheon are on sale and can be reserved by contacting Diane Nash in the Superintendent’s Office 610-970-6601.

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