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Darrien Cantelo

Apr 4, 2022

Darrien Cantelo with arms raised above her head, sitting cross-legged in a swing in her physical therapy studio.

VCSU graduate Darrien Cantelo felt right at home in the Kinesiology and Human Performance Department. Through labs and field experiences she was ready for her career by graduation day. 

What are you doing now?

I am working as a pediatric physical therapist in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. I treat ages 0-18, in a wide variety of conditions from musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and gross motor development.

What is your favorite memory from your time as a Kinesiology and Human Performance student?

I can’t pick just one. Every minute I spent learning, every minute in labs, every minute in the AT room, every minute on the field, every interaction with professors, every interaction with student-athletes, every minute walking the VCSU campus—they all stand out to me.

My experience at VCSU in the Kinesiology and Human Performance Department was made amazing by faculty and staff who made me feel like VCSU was my home.

Advice to a current KHP student?


Take advantage of EVERY opportunity! Join that committee, volunteer, ask for any opportunity you can. Ultimately all of these things will make you a stronger student, will help you with your time management, and your clinical experiences. Get out of your comfort zone with your learning!


Take the time to get to know your professors in the KHP Department. Email your professor and ask for a time to meet, get to know them, let them get to know you. VCSU has an amazing culture of small class sizes and incredible professors, and the KHP Department may be the best of all!