A "local boy," Doug Van Dusen had a life changing experience
as an engineering student in Eureka. "I played sports in college,
and my coach got me a job working with disabled students," he explains.
"After that, I changed majors to physical therapy at Sacramento State."
Today, as Rideout's Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation, Doug finds
his job therapeutic - for himself and his patients. "It's rewarding
to work with people who have physical or neurological injuries and restore
their ability to walk or lead a normal life," he says. "We spend
more quality time with patients than other facilities, developing close
relationships that result in better patient care."
The outpatient clinic is part of Rideout's Rehabilitation Department,
which provides comprehensive physical, occupational, speech and hand therapy
services at Fremont Medical Center and Rideout Hospital. At the clinic,
an interdisciplinary team provides "one-stop care" so patients
don't have to travel all over town.
In his spare time, Doug assists local sports teams, providing physical
therapy for their athletes. "Community involvement is important to
me," he says, "and my work at Fremont Rideout is a key part
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