Dr. Marcelo Del Rio, PT, DPT
What made you get into the field of Physical Therapy?
I played soccer since I was 6 years old all the way through college, so I have broken a few bones and sprained some ankles over the years. I've spent quite a bit of time in physical therapy offices and I was always fascinated by their work. I think having the ability to help someone heal is one of the greatest skills one can have. Also, I am fascinated by the human body and how it works as it pertains to movement and its ability to heal itself.
How long have you been practicing physical therapy?
I graduated from LIU-Brooklyn in 2015, so I have been practicing for 5 years now.
What’s your favorite part about being a physical therapist?
My favorite part of physical therapy is the interaction I get to have with all different kinds of people and of all of ages. It's amazing to see how people progress through their treatments. I consider myself a "hands-on PT" and I do a lot of manual work with patients. I even bought a portable table that I bring into my patient's home so I can continue doing hands-on treatments with my patients. And of course, the relationships you form with patients and their appreciation for my work is very gratifying.
What’s your favorite PT condition to treat?
I would say my favorite condition to treat would most likely be any type of neurological condition (i.e. Parkinsons, MS, etc.). I believe there is a lot more room for creativity as far as treatments are concerned and it's fascinating to see how different patients respond to different treatment techniques.
How can patients benefit from treatment?
Fortunately, most of us are now Doctors of Physical Therapy. We have the ability to diagnose, create a plan of care, and treat patients with all types of neurological and orthopedic conditions. I believe anyone can benefit from treatment due to our knowledge of the human body and how we can speed up the process of the body healing itself.
What do you love about being part of the Reddy Care team?
I always talk about how well we communicate with each other; whether it's with staff or other treating therapists. As a home care PT, I really don't have the opportunity to meet my co-workers but when we communicate with each other via email, text, or Gchat, it feels like I've known that person for years. The people at Reddy Care are so kind and extremely helpful.
What’s one fun fact about you?
I ran two NYC marathons.
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