Thomas Dostal, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Tom Dostal has been a Physical Therapist Assistant at Core PT since 2017. He earned an Associate of Occupational Science Degree with Highest Academic Achievement from Pima Medical Institute in 2016, and has been working in outpatient rehabilitation ever since. Tom is trained in many facets of physical therapy: he has successfully completed courses in manual joint mobilization for the P.T.A. from NAIOMT, has begun matriculation through the STOTT Pilates Rehab program, and is RockTape Certified in Functional Movement Training, specifically utilizing kinesiology taping, cupping, and other instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques. He has been a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM since 2012. Tom’s goal is to work with patients in the shared facilitation of their rehabilitation, resulting in the achievement of each patient’s personal goals.
Prior to his career in physical therapy, Tom earned a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors Program) and State of Iowa Teaching Credential from The University of Iowa. From there he went on to a twenty-year career teaching and performing as a percussionist in venues worldwide. The discipline and meticulous attention to movement required in performance, ability to instruct others via cultivated analysis of function, and a passion for human anatomy inherited from Tom’s father (a PT, PhD, and instructor at university) set the table for his eventual transition to working in PT.
In his free time, Tom enjoys weight lifting, cycling, running, hiking, cooking, watching films of all sorts, as well as reading and the continued study of all things in the realm of health and fitness. He still “gigs” as a professional drummer and percussionist when the opportunity arises.