Dale earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St Augustine for Health Sciences in San Mateo, California. He did his undergraduate work at Piedmont College in Georgia where he majored in Biology.
The Georgia native played baseball at Peidmont College (Georgia), where, through a series of unfortunate injuries, he gained insights to the deficiencies in healthcare and athletic treatments.
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Q & A
What led you into physical therapy?
I battled a few injuries throughout my baseball career and was able to continue playing with the help of a few great therapy and rehab specialists. This experience allowed me to recognize the enormous value I could provide people in a similar position.
How long is PT school these days?
Four years of undergrad, followed by 3 more years to receive a doctorate in Physical therapy.
How is training different than it was 10 or 20 years ago?
The field of physical medicine continues to progress year by year. I would say there is an increased emphasis on a multi modal approach to treatment that allows people to feel better, move better, and perform better.
How would you best describe what you do?
As a PT and healthcare professional my job is to diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems, pain , and movement dysfunctions that limits their abilities to move and perform functional and recreational activities. as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
What’s your favorite success story so far?
I'm fortunate to have many success stories helping patients return to doing what they love. One of my favorites was a patient who had been in a car accident and was told she would never be able to play volleyball again. After 4 months of extensive rehab and training she was able to get back on the court with no pain and earn a college scholarship!
We see you around the gym trying out different movements. What are you up to?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been into exercise and training. What I like most is getting out of my comfort zone and raying training methods and exercises I have never done before. I have a passion for learning so you never know what you might find me trying.
What do you like to do after a long day of fixing patients?
I’m most happy when I’m outdoors. I enjoy,hiking,fishing, camping, and watching sports of any kind. Good food with friends and family will always put a smile on my face,
The most under-appreciated part of the body?
Shoulders. You never realize how important your shoulders are until you van use them them.
Biggest life-changing moment?
Suffered a terrible car accident when I was 21. The experience really opened my eyes to how fast life can be taken away from us.
What words most inspire you?
“Get to the chopper.” -Arnold
Question you get asked most?
“So you’re a PT does that mean you do stretches and stuff? I have had extensive training to treat the entire body for musculoskeletal issues.
What’s one exercise or stretch everybody should do every day?
Meditation. When you practice mindfulness, you can carry it out to everyday life. Mindfulness helps you to savor life, change habits, live simply and slowly, be present in everything you do.
What’s one thing a good Physical Therapist never does?
A good PT always takes the time to hear the whole story. The attention to the minor details can make or break an outcome.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bartek, call (702) 558-2151.