Employee Spotlight: Martin Dolphino

Physical therapy manager Martin Dolphino.

Martin Dolphino: Physical Therapy Program Manager

Martin Dolphino oversees the physical therapy program at The University of Kansas Health System’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He joined the physical therapy team in 2003 and has played an important role in expanding the program.

The program now offers 3  physical therapy locations. One is on the main hospital campus in Kansas City, Kansas, another at KU MedWest in Shawnee and one is in Lawrence, Kansas. The physical therapy team supports more than 2,000 visits per month.

Dolphino specializes in orthopedic and sports performance physical therapy, as well as manual therapy for patients with post-concussion syndrome, specifically in the neck. He works closely with orthopedic physicians and other providers, including neurologists, rehabilitation doctors and athletic trainers. Together, they manage the comprehensive care of athletes and active adults at all levels.

"I can’t think of a better way to spend my day than helping people who are hurt or in pain," says Dolphino. "It is so rewarding to see how much of an impact our work can have on someone’s life and well-being."

On top of his day-to-day work, Dolphino is also passionate about teaching new students. He participates as a year-round clinical instructor for The University of Kansas Health System and Rockhurst University. In 2013, he was awarded the Kathy Johnson Clinical Instructor of the Year Award for his excellence in teaching.

"I love being able to teach and see students learn and grow," says Dolphino. "I was fortunate to have great teachers and mentors in my life, and I think it’s important to help pass on my experience and knowledge to others."

He serves on the Sports Operations Committee, Research and Education Committee, Center for Concussion Management Committee and the Sports Medicine Planning & Faculty Committee at The University of Kansas Health System. He is also a lab assistant for the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Dolphino grew up in London, England, and has always had an interest in sports. He played soccer and rugby and received his black belt in martial arts. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Brunel University London before moving to the U.S., where he met his wife while working at a summer camp. He then went on to get his doctorate in physical therapy from Des Moines University.

Dolphino is a board-certified orthopedic specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a certified manual physical therapist by the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, photography, working out and spending time with his wife and 2 sons.

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