Caring for a family at home while balancing school can be difficult, but Dallan Valle has become a pro at it.
Valle, a second-year student in the Touro University Nevada School of Physical Therapy, is excelling in the classroom and also helps his wife take care of their three children at home. He and his wife are expecting their fourth child next April.
“If I didn’t have my wife, it would make things a lot more difficult for me here,” he said. “She supports me and our family so that I’m able to do all of the studying that I need to do.”
Before arriving at Touro, the Nampa, Idaho native graduated with a degree in exercise science from BYU. He contemplated medical school, but a shoulder injury when he was 19 helped steer him on a new path.
“They sent me to physical therapy for my shoulder, and I just loved the environment,” he said. “I liked that you can work in a much more relaxed setting while still helping people and really getting to know them.”
With a growing family at home, Valle knew he wanted to work in healthcare while still getting to spend enough time with his loved ones.
“I love helping people, but my family is my priority,” Valle said. “My cohort actually calls me ‘Daddy Dal.’”
Valle said he comes to Touro from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday. After spending a few hours at home and putting the kids to sleep, he returns to campus for a few more hours to study. In total, Valle said he dedicates more than 60 hours each week toward his education.
“You have to organize your time and prioritize a lot,” he said. “I come from a big family, and it’s something my wife and I discussed beforehand. It’s hard, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”
Valle is contemplating working in different specialties after he graduates, though he’s excited to focus on pediatrics in next semester, a subject he has a little experience in at home.
He said Touro’s open-door policy, combined with the support he’s garnered from his classmates and faculty, has helped alleviate some of the stress that comes with going to PT school while helping to raise a family.
“It’s all about perspective,” Valle said. “For me, I had to look at the long-term picture. I’m sacrificing family time now so I can have more later.”