Get to know one of our owners, David Barlow, on the DailyUV!
Tell us about yourself and why did you choose to go into a health field?
My early childhood years were spent growing up Hanover. This was a fabulous area to grow up in and I feel extremely fortunate to be raising my kids here. One of the greatest influences on my career was probably my father, Peter Barlow. He spent the majority of his career as a Physician with DHMC and taught at the Medical School. I always thought that I would do something in Medicine. The tipping point came when I suffered my own ACL/ MCL injury while playing rugby that required surgery and extensive rehab and PT. The process had a profound effect on me and my desire to help others.
What is your favorite area of wellness to practice, Dave?
“Running is one of my favorite activities. Mostly short distances and 1/2 marathon distances. The covered bridges is one of my favorite races in the Upper Valley. Much of this is centered on staying healthy and keeping up the conditioning so I can still play soccer, ski, and play paddle tennis.”⚽️🎿🎾
What makes you unique in your field?
Experience: Having spent the past 20 years as a therapist I have had the opportunity to treat not only a variety of injuries and conditions, but to see these injuries over and over and see how they present differently. Working in Outpatient PT and treating the same types of injuries has helped me to learn what works and what doesn’t as so many injuries often have very subtle nuances that are unique to each individual.
Empathy/Caring: I have had many injuries myself over the years. This has helped immensely in understanding the recovery process, both mentally and physically. My focus has always been on the individual as a whole and not just the injury. Because of this I love what I do and that makes all the difference.
Do you have a success story of redeemed health you’d like to share?
After 20 years of working as a therapist I am still rewarded and amazed at how resilient people can be. I am not sure that picking one story can adequately sum up all the great patient experiences, but helping individuals overcome serious injury or recover from a surgery is extremely gratifying experience. A few years ago I recall a young field hockey player from Dartmouth who suffered two severe episodes of LBP related to multiple herniated discs. I worked with her for months and months, guiding her on exercises and her approach to self-care with her back, hoping to avoid surgery. Six months after working with her, I ran into her running thru the pine park trails off the golf course. She stated that she stayed dedicated to all the activities she had learned in PT and over time she was able to return to a normal pain free routine and exercise. The smile on her face told me all I needed to know.