Frank Spano joins Catalyst serving as a Sports Recovery Specialist, bringing his skill sets to the table and promoting the NormaTec Rapid Recovery system.
As a board certified athletic trainer, Frank has extensive schooling, experience and expertise in managing various sport-related acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries across many work settings, competitive sports, and patient populations. He also holds certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Y-Balance testing (YBT) and Functional Movement Taping (FMT) to complement his clinical practice. What he enjoys most about his profession has always been helping his patients manage, overcome, and return to activity from debilitating injuries through thoughtful clinical assessment and diverse functional rehab approaches. With that said, he is very grateful and excited to join the team and contribute Catalyst’s excellent vision of patient care and wellness.
Frank completed his Bachelor of Science in athletic training at Northeastern University in 2009, during which time he experienced extensive clinical rotations and work opportunities in outpatient physical therapy, and high school, division 1 and division 3 college sports medicine settings. After graduating, he worked at Fairfield University in the Sports Medicine Department for five years as an athletic trainer while completing his MBA. He was assigned primary medical coverage and oversight of the women’s volleyball, men and women’s crew, and baseball teams, and also provided collaborative care and medical coverage of all other division 1 sports teams as needed. After finishing his Master’s Degree, he was hired by Physical Synergy, a sports chiropractic clinic where he served as the practice’s Rehab Floor Manager for 4 years, overseeing and implementing patient physical therapy protocols.
Frank is a native of Fairfield, Connecticut, and just recently moved to San Diego with his fiancée, Melanie, back in September. So far they love San Diego, which has nicely suited their active lifestyles. They’ve really enjoyed the weather, beautiful beaches, and local farmers markets. Among a variety of interests, Frank enjoys sports, movies, the beach, playing guitar, exercise, and martial arts. He’s trained Karate, boxing, and Muay Thai, and actively trains and competes in Brazilian Jiujitsu.