About David Dansereau
Creator of Know-Stroke.org
Every stroke survivor has a story. My story involves a hole in my heart, a marathon ( actually now 2 ), and overcoming many obstacles to eventually return to private practice as a physical therapist. Along the way, I discovered that bridging the knowledge gap for stroke awareness and obtaining resources for home stroke rehabilitation are not an easy endeavor. My journey included trying to set effective and creative rehab goals after my stroke at age 39, all the while balancing real life as a husband and father of three young children (ages 3-6 at the time of my stroke).
My goal in sharing my story here is to help explain my journey and how those experiences have impacted my return to practice as a physical therapist. These life lessons and my stroke recovery motivated me to become a public health advocate for stroke awareness, better recovery options and prevention.
My Professional Bio
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My proactive background in healthcare and wellness includes over 18 years of experience as a physical therapist in a variety of practice settings including private practice, home care as well as with industry consulting with mobile health and rehabilitation technology companies. I am currently using my nutrition and rehabilitation expertise to expand a new role as Wellness and Sports Services Director at PT Cumberland. In addition, I’m working on improving rehab outcomes using digital tools and smart technology solutions with my project at SmartMovesPT.
I received both my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island as well as my Master of Science in Physical Therapy. I am also an Amazon best selling author in preventive medicine with my book, Body in Balance.
I am involved locally in health initiatives at the school level as a member of the school health and wellness committee in my community. I serve at the national level as a volunteer stroke spokesperson for the American Heart / Stroke Association / Tedy’s Team, and am a PCORI Ambassador and a Stroke Patient Stakeholder in clinical research trials at Tuft’s Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. I have 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. I was honored to be one of the keynote presenters featured at the 22nd Annual Southern New England Rehabilitation Conference-Advances in Stroke Rehabilitation. My presentation entitled, “The Future of Home Stroke Recovery and Prevention: Where will Connected Health Tools Fit?” is available here.