Photo taken at Half Dome, Yosemite
Stanley, who hails from Southern California, received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco and his Bachelor of Arts in Human Development at the University of California, San Diego.
He utilizes evidence-based treatment and manual therapy techniques to help patients achieve optimal movement and recovery.
▪ Sports Injury Rehabilitation
▪ Geriatric Neurological Rehab
▪ Movement & Body Mechanics
▪ Balance, Gait & Posture Training
Getting to Know Stanley
1) How did you get interested in Physical Therapy? I wanted to have career where I could help people get better and also build relationships with them. I also knew that I didn’t want to be behind a desk all day. One of my friends at church interned at a P.T. clinic and suggested that I start interning there. I enjoyed spending time with patients and teaching them exercises to improve their mobility. I liked how the physical therapists created a positive environment for the patients and helped them get back to physical activities they loved.
2) What do you enjoy the most about being a PT? I enjoy educating my patients about their diagnoses and working with them to rehabilitate and resolve their physical impairments. I like being able to spend an extended amount of time with each patient and see them regularly, which is not common in the healthcare field.
3) Is there a patient that sticks out in your mind? One older man always felt like he could not get better, but week after week, he would consistently come to P.T. with his son. His son has been very patient to help him at home as well. He would take his father out walking in the grocery store, even though it can be difficult to get around with him. In the clinic, he has been improving in his balance and ambulation, even though he felt like he could not get better. When a patient has a good support system, such as the family and supportive healthcare providers, it makes a world of difference.
4) What have you learned while working at Progressive PT? I have learned so much here! I’ve learned the importance of taking the time to educate my patients on their condition, listening and responding to patients positively, and looking at the whole body, not just one body part. I have been challenged to learn more through continuing education classes and learned how to rehabilitate vestibular dysfunctions.
5) What is your philosophy when working with patients? Treat all my patients like I would be treating my own family.
6) Do you have any pets? I do not have pets, but my parents got a dog after I went to college to “replace” me.
7) What do you like to do for fun? I like to hang out with my wife, family, and church, serve at my church youth group, swim, bike, surf, ski, and snowboard.
11 Quick Questions
1) Favorite saying: If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
2) Personal mantra: Do all to the glory of God.
3) What did you want to be growing up? An astronaut. But I found out that it was more practical to stay here on earth.
4) Best vacation spot: Maui.
5) If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Korean BBQ
6) First concert you attended: Grace Community Church Christmas Concert
7) Favorite Movie Line? “Whatever it takes.” – Avengers
8) Something that might surprise us about you? I was a swim instructor & lifeguard.
9) Something you would like to learn to do: I would like to learn how to play basketball better; my wife and I started playing for fun, even though we are not very good.
10) What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Car maintenance, but I am thankful for cars.
11) Favorite sports team: LA Lakers! I grew up watching Kobe.