Meet Faleri Muthoni, an Occupational Therapist in the U.S., and proud KMTC alumni
I thought I was destined to work in the agricultural sector, little did I know, it was not meant to be.
After high school I took up a course in Agriculture and completed it.
Armed with my certificates, I knew it was time to embark on a job search.
Not until my uncle introduced me to an Occupational Therapist friend for a lengthy discussion on the profession.
Since then, a new passion was born in me and, as a result, kindled my desire to join KMTC to undertake an Occupational Therapy course in 2013.
To crown my good fortune, I was elected the class representative, and later, in 2015, I was elected the Secretary General of the Students’ Representative Council.
My hard work, commitment and focus landed me an exchange programme at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
This experience opened my eyes and expanded my thinking as I had a first-hand experience of how IT is practised outside Kenya.
I also had an opportunity to meet and interact with student therapists from all over the world.
Immediately after my graduation in 2016, I embarked on a job search, this time with the certainty that I had found my calling and there would be no turning back.
In 2017, I engaged in volunteerism where I offered my services to various centres before landing a job at Montessori School in Lavington – Hermitage Therapy Center and School.
A few months into the job, I decided to venture in private practice specializing in home-based care.
My star continued to rise, and barely a year later, I got a chance to relocate to the United States of America, which has been my home since then.
My insatiable thirst for knowledge led me to have my credits from KMTC transferred to a college in the U.S.
However, I soon realized that in addition to being a practising OT, I could go a step further to sensitize people on OTs through films.
Halfway into my studies, therefore, I changed my specialization to film.
Looking back, KMTC birthed the professional I am today.
The knowledge and skills that I harvested, the commitment of the lecturers, and the hands-on experience ensured that I am the best at what I do.
I remember the proud moment at KMTC. That experience inspired my first book (From Grass to Grace), scheduled for launching in August this year.
My dream is to one day open a therapy clinic in Kenya (both OT and Physical Therapy) to increase access to OT services in Kenya.
During a recent visit to Kenya, I had a chance to witness the strides the College has made in mounting need-based courses, in addition to leveraging technology in teaching.
I was also pleased to have an opportunity to give back to the OT students in knowledge sharing.
To anybody looking to join KMTC, I can confirm that the College is simply the best choice that you can ever make.
Parting shot: When you discover who you are, the rest will fall into place. So, discover you!