SGH physical therapist chosen as professional of the week

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On Feb. 11 Socorro General Hospital’s doctor of physical therapy Dan Lanari was recognized and chosen by the American Physical Therapy Association as professional of the week.

Lindsey Padilla/El Defensor Chieftain: Doctor of Physical Therapy Dan Lanari was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as physical therapist of the week.

Lanari was chosen to be featured on their Facebook page when APTA was doing a profile of a physical therapist. On the Facebook page, APTA gives a biography of Lanari. The profile was something they started and he was one of the first selected, he said, adding that it was honor.

Each week someone is nominated and profiled on the page. It is about promoting the profession and giving people a perspective of a physical therapist in different areas.

“I had an interest in health care in general,” Lanari said. “Being able to work with people, there was a lot of one-on-one interaction with physical therapy. I spent a lot of time with these people. It was a personal kind of experience as far as health care, so that is why I chose to go that route.”

Lanari is from Minnesota and has been in Socorro for a year and a half. He attended school at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., where he earned his undergraduate degree in health science and received his doctorate in physical therapy. Lanari came to Socorro because there was an opening for a physical therapist. He grew up in a small town and wanted to work in a small community, he said.

“Working in a rural setting, there is a large variety as far as what you have to do as a physical therapist,” Lanari said. “Probably more responsibility because you have to see a lot of different conditions, different types of injuries.

“In larger settings, things become a little more specialized with physical therapy, but in a rural setting you got to be able to do a little bit of everything, so that’s what kind of attracted me to it.”

Lanari said keeping up constantly changing insurance and health care regulations is one of the challenges of the physical therapist. There are coverage and rules and regulations that change with each individual, he said.

Lanari will be traveling to Albuquerque later this month to see how the cardiac preliminary program works and see how he can translate this program into the smaller hospital setting, he said.

“I get to work with people of all different ages and different types of diagnosis,” he says.

Lanari continues to learn many skills as a physical therapist by taking continuing education courses. He goes to Denver, Colo., and is taking orthopedic manual physical therapy courses through the University of St. Augustine.

 

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