The National Exercise Safety Association recently recognized member Patty Goldammer in its newsletter.
From 1987 to 2007, Goldammer co-owned the Alpena Health & Racquet Club with her husband. During that time she dreamed of becoming a licensed physical therapist assistant.
As the club's co-owner, Goldammer was in charge of normal daily health club operations and directed the personal fitness training programming and aerobics program. In addition, as an avid racquetball player, she became sponsored by HEAD sports and earned the title of number one in the state of Michigan. She also became a certified golf conditioning specialist.
According to the newsletter recognition, Goldammer's accomplishments have far surpassed her dream, but it wasn't always easy. While owning the club, she took classes and little by little "whittled away" at the required coursework. Currently a licensed physical therapist assistant, she graduated from Macomb Community College summa cum laude and as a Phi Theta Kappa member.
After passing the State of Michigan licensure exam, she began working at Tendercare Alpena and was soon promoted to the therapy department's assistant facility rehabilitation coordinator.
With her dream now in motion, Goldammer said her "LPTA degree has enhanced my fitness personal training career not only by strengthening how my clients, peers and colleagues see me as a fitness professional, but how I see myself. As a therapist, I give my patients/clients an even better understanding of the how's and why's of fitness."
Goldammer also lectures on fitness, aerobics and physical therapy related topics. In May, she spoke at Luther Manor and Alpena Senior Citizens Center on "Balance Safety and Fall Recovery Issues."
In addition to teaching group fitness classes and personal training sessions, she makes time for her own fitness program, which she said is important so that she can keep everyone else fit.
"Education has always been very important to me as well as exercise safety, and this helped me really dig my heels in and finish as an LPTA," Goldammer said. "So now, I have the best career I could have ever imagined and continue to keep people healthy, fit and safe."