At Transitions Physical Therapy, we help athletes and active people of all ages become stronger, more mobile and free of injury. We get you back to doing what you love most while avoiding medications, injections and surgery.
We pride ourselves on these core values:
- Serve with Passion and Commitment
- Build Lasting Relationships
- Deliver a “Wow” experience
- Bring Optimism and Excitement
- Commit to making a difference
- Listen and Learn Continuously
- Work Together Win Together
- Be exceptional Everyday/Everyway
- provide empowerment through knowledge
- Earn trust through accountability
B.S., MSPT, CMT, Certified Post Injury Running Coach, and Pose Method Running Technique Specialist
Dana is a 2002 graduate from the University of North Florida. Receiving highest honors, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Degree and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degree. Dana was also her class recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for her Undergraduate Physical Therapy Program and for the Outstanding Achievement in Physical Therapy Graduate Scholarship Award.
Dana Also has a Bachelor of Science Degree from her home state of New York from the University of New York College at Cortland, 1996. Cortland State is where Dana competed on the Woman’s College Gymnastics team, earning National Qualification on Beam and Floor for her individual performance at Nationals in 1994 and 1995.
After two seasons of collegiate gymnastics, Dana hung up her grips to train and compete in the 1995 NPC Northeast Classic Bodybuilding Championship in Buffalo, New York. Her one and only show, competing in the lightweight division, she won the Woman’s Overall Title.
Shortly after, Dana relocated to Tampa, Florida to enroll in classes to pursue her dream of being a Physical Therapist. While in school, Dana worked as a Personal Trainer. As a Personal Trainer she took special interest in sports-specific training and post rehabilitative exercise management..
In 1999 Dana entered the Ironwomen Pro-am Tri-Fitness World Championships in Tampa, Florida. As a tri-fitness competitor she trained on an obstacle course team and worked on fitness and physique. Dana qualified for Nationals but declined to move to Jacksonville, for Physical Therapy School.
While in Physical Therapy school she took up running to relieve stress. During the rest of her time in school she ran and competed in local races. After passing her boards she relocated to Westin, Florida where she worked as a Physical Therapist at HealthSouth. Located above a surgery center, she was grateful for her firsthand experience to treat patients after observing their orthopedic surgeries. This collaborative team approach gave her the experience to develop first hand knowledge to develop therapy skills necessary for the treatment of complicated joint surgeries and reconstructions.
During her time spent in South Florida, Dana returned to the classroom to complete a Clinical Certification Program in 2005 to become a Manually Trained Physical Therapist. Her training was through the Ola Grimsby Institute. With her new skill set she continued to practice in Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Outpatient.
Dana eventually moved to Orlando Florida and worked at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Florida as a Physical Therapist for Florida Hospital. Here she was again able to work alongside Orthopedic Physicians and learn more skills associated with the treatment of sports related injuries. It was here that she was introduced to her now husband John, who was a local triathlete who trained at the RDV.
Dana and John eventually relocated to Lake Mary where she returned to her former company, now known as Select Medical Corporation. Dana worked several years there. Again with an opportunity for additional learning, as her office was located in the MedPlex. With a Podiatrist located below, she was able to treat many different foot and ankle injuries.
During this time, John introduced her to the sport of Triathlon. Her passion for Triathlon was immediate. Moving up from the sprint distance to the Half Ironman (70.3) distance, Dana often placed in the top of her age group. To include an Overall Female Finisher at the Outer Banks 70.3 Distance Race.
Together John and Dana went on to compete in their first Full Ironman in Panama City Beach Florida in November of 2013. Racing 140.6 miles for the first time, Dana was 3rd in her age group, nearly missing World Championship placing.
During this time Dana moved into the field of Home Health Care. Working several years for Nurse on Call she learned new skills as her patient demographics included the geriatric population. With increased flexibility for training and family time, Dana decided to try something different than swimming, biking and running. In 2014 she started the sport of CrossFit at CrossFit Lake Mary. She instantly loved it! Similar to Triathlon and different than gymnastics, she was able to participate in a sport that encourages athletes of all different ages and skill levels to work towards individualized goals in a group setting.
With the encouragement of friends and family, Dana decided to pursue her love for sports and her passion for helping others as a Physical Therapist. In January 2015 Dana founded Transitions Physical Therapy. Focusing on preventative care and rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports related injuries. Dana is now able to provide individualized care to meet the unique needs of those she works with.