Lucy Dahl, a Physical Therapist based at Columbia Basin Care, recently earned a rare distinction: Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. She’s one of just 1,000 physical therapists in the nation to earn this credential from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
The process to attain the credential required completion of intensive and interactive education, participation in supervised and mentored skills development, three written exams, and one practical exam.
Dahl holds undergraduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hope College in Michigan, and a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in Pennsylvania. She is employed by Consonus Healthcare, which partners with Columbia Basin Care to offer a team of highly skilled and licensed Physical, Speech and Occupational therapists.
Dahl blends patience with persistence.
“When patients say ‘I’m too old to exercise,’ that’s not true,” she says. “Whether it’s aerobic, balance or resistance training, it’s important to understand how to find a balance in how much you can push while still be safe. In reality, at any age you will get some gains if you train at an appropriate level.”