Local therapist elected

Dr. Danny Smith selected from a national slate of three candidates

By Jennifer Lassiter
star staff

  Debra Woods stretches out while Dr. Danny Smith, a physical therapist and athletic trainer, describes the problem with her knee, and the heat treatment he will be using to help her recuperate from her injury.
  Woods recently tore a lateral ligament in her right knee and began her physical therapy treatment sessions at Smith's office located on Elk Avenue.
  Smith, after 32 years of physical therapy work, has established an extensive patient contact list. "My best asset is patient contact. It's the thing I enjoy the most."
  Smith, an Elizabethton native, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  The Sports Physical Therapy Section represents approximately 9000 sports physical therapists nationally and internationally. The Section is responsible for the provision of a common forum for members of the Association with a common interest in sports physical therapy. By providing this forum, the Section serves to broaden the field of physical therapy.
  Smith is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in both Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and is a Certified Athletic Trainer. He has served in the Elizabethton School System as a volunteer physical therapist and athletic trainer since 1978.
  Smith has made numerous presentations on both national and international levels. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Doctoral Program of Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah.
  Smith is also an adjunct professor at Milligan College in the department of Exercise Science. He is a clinical instructor for a number of physical therapy programs across the southeast.
  Smith serves on the Board of Directors for the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club.
  "I am very happy to be selected by my peers to serve the membership in this capacity."
  Smith previously served three-year terms on the Executive Committee of Sports from 1986 until 1984.
  "I work just as many hours as when I was 23 years old and I never ever regretted coming to work," said Smith.