Mark Traffas, PT, GTCCS, FSOAE, has practiced clinically as a physical therapist in acute, subacute, skilled nursing, acute rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health care. These unique opportunities have allowed him to work with and develop exercise programs for geriatric clients in all phases of recovery. He has exclusively worked in the geriatric setting for 10 years.
In addition, he has worked as a physical therapist in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa. While in Africa, he had to rely primarily on therapeutic exercises and improvisation for treatment interventions, as few modalities, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound were available. Since his return he has focused his career on the geriatric population in both the outpatient and skilled nursing settings.
He was in the first group of physical therapists to take and pass the Geriatric Training Certification and now works as the Director of Physical Therapy in a skilled nursing facility in San Jose, California. He actively promotes exercise for older persons as the best cure for most conditions and believes the sharing of ideas will only add to our profession and, more importantly, to the quality of life of our aged population.