David is a physical therapist with a background in nutrition and behavior change research. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics (RD) as well as his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. David is the author of Body in Balance and is working on his second book, a “chicken soup” type book about stroke survivor stories, and advocacy efforts to provide more community and technology enabled solutions for survivorship.
A few of David’s career highlights as a physical therapist include owning a multi-site rehabilitation clinic, a corporate fitness center and private practice, as well as consulting with the motion picture industry on set, and with pro athletes on tour as part of his hybrid care and performance coaching delivery model. David currently serves as clinical lead in research within the University of Rhode Island’s biosensing lab as an expert in telehealth. He is involved with initiatives to improve access and remote care delivery through development of next-gen rehabilitation and digital first enabled care technologies.
On the patient advocacy side, as as stroke survivor at age 39, David became a co-founding member and vice president of the patient led PFO Research Foundation. David is also currently the co-host of the Know Stroke Podcast.
As part of this stroke advocacy journey David serves at the national level as a stroke spokesperson for the American Heart / Stroke Association and is a PCORI Ambassador and a Stroke Patient Stakeholder in clinical research trials at Tuft’s Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has also provided patient testimony before the FDA helping to shape future clinical trials to include the patient perspective and improve the patient voice in healthcare outcomes after stroke.
Professionally, David serves as an expert guest presenter for the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe). He has been a contributor to their common methodologies working group, has led the representation for the rehabilitation perspective and forum with BioHacking Village on telehealth during the pandemic as well as represented DiMe as content expert for telehealth rehabilitation during the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) BioHacking Telemedicine Course. In addition he recently presented at the IMPACCT mHealth in Clinical Trials 2020 Conference on Wearables in Physical Therapy. David was a contributor to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) tele-diagnosis project and recently completed publication for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Saturday March 5, 2022
LIVE - Tackling Digital Transformation in Rehabilitation: Building a Case for a Team Coaching Approach
The rise of digital health has seen an increase in wellness models for populations of patients, including individuals with neuro related illnesses. This session will explore health coaching and community building through digital platforms as an adjunct to direct clinical practice for therapists looking to support their patients using virtual and digital modalities.