Hispanic Heritage Month: A walk of purpose

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SAYRE, Pa. (WETM) -Some say life experiences have a way of pushing you to your destiny. Well, nothing could be more true for one Guthrie physician who used growing up with a disability as a way to fuel his walk with purpose.

We’re all born with a purpose. What exactly for? Well, that’s a journey to figure out yourself and one that Dr. Jose Traverso found out a long time ago.

Dr. Traverso has been a physical therapist for 31 years, 2 months and 3 days. But he was patient way before that.

Born and raised in southern Spain, Dr. Traverso was born with something different. When he was a kid, his parents realized that he wasn’t walking normally.

For years he met with neurologist, pediatricians, and orthopedic surgeons to try and figure out what was wrong with his legs. Of all the doctors he encountered, Traverso says Physical Therapist left an impact on his life.

“Physical Therapist looked at me like as a person, and that made an impression on me,” said Traverso. “So as I continued my life and I continued being a patient when it was time to go to college, and I decided I would be a Physical Therapist. I am convinced, that is what I was supposed to do.”

Dr. Traverso graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Valencia and moved to America in 1995 where then got his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Now he is a physician at Guthrie in Sayre, Pennsylvania, where he lives by the motto, “treat others how you’d wanted to be treated.”

“I mean we are people. I don’t treat back pain, I treat who have back pain, and if you treat people like that, they respond like that. It had an impact on why I became a therapist, and what kind of therapist, I want to be.”

Like any other medical profession, physical therapy is a blend of science and art and for Dr. traverso, what made him different, is what makes him different.

They say things happen for a reason, and being born with a limp, is his.

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