Dan graduated from South Dakota State University in 1997 with a degree in Athletic Training, and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1997. He graduated from Des Moines University in 1999 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy degree.
His interest in Postural Restoration was initially piqued in 1998 by Ron Hruska while Dan was a PT student on his first orthopedic clinical affiliation. Ron had not yet established the Postural Restoration Institute as we know it today, and Dan met Ron while at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, NE. Ron introduced Dan to several PRI concepts, and was kind enough to help a student understand that there was more to the human body than what was being taught in PT school.
Dan started taking courses through PRI in 2004, and began focusing on Postural Restoration as his primary treatment approach in 2006. He is a member of the 2012 class to earn the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns, and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.
While working for a large physical therapy chain afforded Dan the opportunity to take and host a number of PRI courses, he understood that to improve his knowledge and clinical application of Postural Restoration concepts, he would need to work with other like-minded clinicians. In January 2016, he began working with Donna Byrne, PRC class of 2012, at Pilates Central in Wilmette, IL. This change has allowed Dan to progress his understanding and utilization of Postural Restoration concepts, and helped facilitate an opportunity to join the exceptional teaching faculty at the Postural Restoration Institute.
Dan was honored as a Five Star Professional Top Physical Therapist in Chicago for 2014 and 2015. His 17 years of clinical expertise has led to invitations to speak at the Northwestern University Sports Medicine Symposium, National Athletic Training Association National Convention, and the Postural Restoration Institute, as well as consult with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Northwestern University, and DePaul University.