When I turned 19 I went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Talk about an amazing experience, for two years I called home four times. I lived in a place where I didn't understand the language or the culture but after two years I learned both pretty well. On this religious mission, I lived in the Philippines. While in some poor regions of the Philippines I learned I have a love for serving people.
After returning from a mission I attended Utah Valley University. While at UVU I explored service-oriented careers and found physical therapy in the process. While in my undergrad I got married to an amazing woman and we had two kids during undergrad and we added one more while in PT school. Now as a practicing PT my wife and I had another kiddo bringing our kid count to four.
Creating a PT is currently what consumes most of my time (not the blog but I'm trying to create a good PT out of myself). In August of 2016 I graduated with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine-Austin (USA-ATX).
I'm now a DPT and you might think the process of creating a PT in me is over but it is far from it. As of right now (Feb 2022) I've been a practicing PT for over 5 years. I have learned so many lessons but I have many more to come.
After working in a corporate physical therapy clinic I started to feel like my job was about making money for the owner. Our clinic was busy and required me to see multiple patients at a time. I felt like I could not provide the care people deserved so this lead me back to Utah where I opened a clinic called Empower Utah Physical Therapy in American Fork, Utah.
After a 2 year run with my own clinic, the Covid-19 pandemic hit and pulled the rug out from under my business. After a lot of thinking and praying my wife and I decided to close up and move forward in a different direction. We closed up and within a few days were packed up and moved with our 5 kids to Corpus Christi, Tx for contract work. It's been a crazy transition but it's working out okay. Home health has been an interesting shift from spending my first several years of practice in outpatient.
Essentially my hope is to make a positive change in others lives. Physical therapy is a powerful tool to do this. I enjoy talking to others about PT and PT school. Trying to help others through their journey brings me so much satisfaction. Part of my trying to help others led me to create this blog which has created great networking opportunities. All in all, I'm here to try to help others.
If you have any questions about getting into PT school, being in PT school, or new grad life, find me on any of the following:
Facebook- Dalin Hansen
More about me
Received the Honor Council Professionalism Award at the U. of Saint Augustine- Spring 2015
Featured student physical therapist on the NAIOMT website- March 2015
Guest blog post featured on NewGradPhysicalTherapy.com
Graduated Cum Laud from Utah Valley University
Professionalism Award for the graduating class of Aug 2016 at the University of St. Augustine
Served 6 months for the Utah Suicide Crisis Hotline
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