Get To Know Your PT: Deanna Marinucci

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Therapydia SF physical therapist Deanna Marinucci takes some time to talk about her love of group fitness classes, her experience as a physical therapy patient, and the importance of consistency.

“Being a good listener in order to truly understand your patients on both an emotional and physical level.”

When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?

As a former competitive swimmer and soccer player, I had multiple injuries that landed me in physical therapy. I worked with the same therapist from when I was nine years old until I was volunteering for hours to get into PT school. I was inspired to pursue the profession because of their knowledge of the human body and the level of impact they had on people’s lives

What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?

Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?

One of the biggest challenges as a PT can be managing your time wisely. When seeing patients full time, we have to manage to finish all of our documentation and still mange to take good care of ourselves.

How do you like to stay active?

I enjoy running, swimming, lifting and yoga. I also love taking group fitness classes so I’ve tried everything from orange theory to CrossFit.

What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?

I was amazed by how broad the profession of physical therapy. There are therapists working in hospitals, clinics, schools, etc. with specialties in ortho, pediatrics, geriatrics, neuro. Each subset of PT has different skill sets that make them unique and valuable to their respective setting.

Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?

I’m currently working on continuing education to treat pelvic floor dysfunction and women’s health

What’s your go-to breakfast?

Smoothie with protein powder, almond milk and fruit.

What do you wish everyone knew about PT?

That you can now come directly to a physical therapist for an evaluation due to direct access laws. I would love to continue to share with everyone the knowledge that PTs have in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions.

What is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?

Being a good listener in order to truly understand your patients on both an emotional and physical level. That way we can work together to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

What do you do to de-stress/unwind?

Exercise, hang out with friends, listen to music, meditate

Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…

Exploring the bay area. I just moved to San Francisco a few months ago so I’ve been enjoying all the outdoor activities and trying new restaurants.

What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?

Start small and find something that works for you. Find something that you enjoy and find sustainable. Whether that’s enjoying a hike with friends, taking a yoga class or going for a bike ride. Consistency is key.

Get To Know Your PT: Greg Ohanessian

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Therapydia SF physical therapist Greg Ohanessian takes some time to talk about his love of smoked meats, completing his OMPT residency, and the importance of compassion in the PT profession.

“Everything in moderation. Too much or too little of one thing can be detrimental and this applies to all areas of life!”

When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?

I knew I wanted to be a PT while laying on a treatment table getting my own shoulder therapy back when I was 16 years old. As I gradually felt my shoulder feel better after a football injury, I saw the power of improving mobility and movement to improve life!

What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?

Outside the Fire -Garth Brooks

What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?

The biggest challenge as a PT was completing my Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Residency through the Ola Grimsby Institute. It included 1 year of deep learning of all anatomy, joint function, pathophysiology, examination procedures and manual therapy techniques. It concluded with a practical test in front of judges. The extra post doctorate year of study has helped me improve my evaluation skills to accurately diagnose musculoskeletal issues and optimally treat my patients.

How do you like to stay active?

I like to take urban hikes with my family, golf and jump on my Peleton!

What surprised you the most about the physical therapist profession?

How under utilized we are as a profession. PT’s unique skill sets to diagnose and provide optimal solutions to musculoskeletal problems are an asset to our communities. I plan to change the publics’ perception of PT and improve access to PT.

Are you currently pursuing any further education/certifications?

I am planning on completing my Titliest Performance Institute certifications to become a level 3 Medical profession for Golfers.

What’s your go-to breakfast?

I start my day early so……Coffee!

What do you wish everyone knew about PT? / What is the biggest misconception you hear from new patients?

Patient’s never know that they can come and see us before there is an injury to keep injuries away.

What is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?

Compassion

What do you do to de-stress/unwind?

I like to BBQ and smoke meats and enjoy a nice glass of wine!

Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…

Pushing strollers around San Francisco or at sporting events.

What is your favorite piece of wellness advice to offer?

A man’s worth is measured with intellectual dexterity and physical vitality.

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