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Dr. Jimmy Dao


Dr. Jimmy Dao's journey into the field of physical therapy is deeply rooted in his background as an athlete, with a passion for sports such as basketball and football during high school, and a continued commitment to staying active today. His dedication to physical therapy is driven by a desire to help athletes and weekend warriors not only recover from injuries but also optimize their performance in their chosen sports or physical activities.

During his time in physical therapy school at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Dao experienced a significant personal setback when he tore his ACL while playing recreational basketball with classmates. Undergoing ACL reconstruction and medial meniscus repair, he had the unique opportunity to navigate the rehabilitation process while simultaneously learning from some of the leading experts in the field. This personal experience has endowed him with a profound understanding and empathy for his patients, having faced the physical, mental, and psychological challenges of a prolonged rehabilitation journey himself.

Dr. Dao's educational foundation is robust, having earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh, the top-ranked program in the country. His professional experience is equally impressive. While in PT school, he gained hands-on experience in the strength and conditioning room with the University of Pittsburgh Men's Basketball team. Additionally, he served as one of the directors for a strength and conditioning program for the Mighty Penguins Adaptive Sled Hockey Team, showcasing his ability to cater to a diverse range of athletes.

Furthermore, Dr. Dao has a rich background in coaching basketball teams ranging from ages 9 to 16, and he has worked extensively with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes dealing with sports-related injuries. His specialties include working with basketball players, ACL rehabilitation, as well as treating ankle and shoulder injuries.

Dr. Dao is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), highlighting his commitment to staying engaged with the broader physical therapy community and advancing his professional knowledge.

Dr. Jimmy Dao's career is marked by a blend of personal experience and professional expertise, making him a compassionate and skilled physical therapist. His journey from being an athlete overcoming injuries to a dedicated practitioner underscores his deep commitment to helping others achieve their physical goals and return to the activities they love.