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Meet Dana Dambrauskas of Transitions Physical Therapy, Inc.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Dambrauskas

Hi Dana, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
As I was approaching my 40s I was in a professional rut. I was working for a home healthcare company as a staff physical therapist. I had left my previous sports medicine job 4 years prior for a position that offered more money for less hours and would have been perfect for a working mom. As the years rolled by, I trained for a few Ironman triathlons and spent most my free time swimming, biking and running. As time reveled, having children was not God’s plan for us. We were ok with being dog parents 🙂 However I could then no longer spend time in a position that did not inspire me or create passion. I needed something to nurture, grow, and love and I wanted to look forward to going to work on Mondays! With the constant provoking by my friend Greg, I decide to take the chance of starting my own sports medicine practice. My husband, John, was very supportive of my decision to leave a stable position and attempt to be a private practice owner. I spent countless hours researching the details. On January 15, 2015 I started Transitions Physical Therapy, Inc. My vision was to stand apart from the big corporate clinics by establishing a practice that could allow me to see my patients one on one and utilize all my skills and experience gained since graduating from Physical Therapy school in 2002. As a former college gymnast, Ironman Triathlete, and Marathon runner I have a niche for barefoot athletes and runners. My clinic attracts dancers, gymnasts, runners, and triathletes, but I love working with post operative patients as well. Shoulders are my favorite! As a manually trained physical therapist I have my hands on all my patients. Stretching, mobilizing, massaging, activating, inhibiting muscles, and the list goes on. I am a certified running technique specialist and triathlon coach as well spending part of my time writing coaching plans as well as teaching people how to run. The year 2020 has had its unique set of challenges as we have learned how to operate during a global pandemic. With our private practice, low volume clinic approach to patient care, we have been successful so far. We have even expanded our services this year by joining forces with Body Concepts and Wellness located in Altamonte Springs, FL. We are their new satellite clinic offering Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapies and Testosterone Programs. For me, this meant learning about hormones, the influence they have on my clientele as we age, and what can be done to make our health more optimal. I even learned how to draw blood! My husband and I are still training for Ironman triathlons. We race for a team called Wattie Ink. based out of California. Due to Covid, most of our races have been canceled this season. On December 5, 2020 we competed in our one and only 70.3 triathlon, swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles in Daytona. Not only did I reach my goal of breaking 5 hours, I won my age group! When I am not working or racing you can find me spending time with our dog Porter, he is a German Shorthair Pointer (GSP). We rescued him in October 2015 and he has been the best little buddy ever since. He goes to work with me and he is even my running partner. He can run 12 miles no problem, as long as he gets a treat when we get in.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, I am a Physical Therapist at heart, not a business major! Learning to be organized and having systems in place to keep the business running smooth has been a learning process as well as hiring help. The best thing I ever did is say “yes” to help. Now I have 2 girls that work for me in my front office.

We’ve been impressed with Transitions Physical Therapy, Inc., but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My vision was to stand apart from the big corporate clinics by establishing a practice that could allow me to see my patients one on one and utilize all my skills and experience gained since graduating from Physical Therapy school in 2002. As a former college gymnast, Ironman Triathlete, and Marathon runner I have a niche for barefoot athletes and runners. My clinic attracts dancers, gymnasts, runners, and triathletes but I love working with post operative patients as well. Shoulders are my favorite! As a manually trained physical therapist I have my hands on all my patients. Stretching, mobilizing, massaging, activating, inhibiting muscles, and the list goes on. I am a certified running technique specialist and triathlon coach as well spending part of my time writing coaching plans as well as teaching people how to run.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Relationship development, We get know the community we serve and that goes a long way. Our previous clients come back when they are having issues and refer us to their family and friends. Word of mouth is wonderful advertising!

Contact Info:

  • Email: dana@transitionsportspt.com
  • Website: www.transitionsphysicaltherapy.com
  • Instagram: @transitionsportspt
  • Facebook: @transitionspt
  • Youtube: Transitions Physical Therapy

Image Credits
Brian Hearn, Alessandra Kutz

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