Carol Domzalski, RN, CRRN

Where do you work?
Outpatient Neurorehabilitation at Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center - Allentown

In which areas of rehabilitation do you specialize?
Neurorehabilitation

What one word best describes you?
Energetic

What is one short-term goal that you have?
My short-term goal is to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

What is one long-term goal that you have?
After I complete my bachelor’s degree, I want to complete my Master of Science in Nursing.

What motivates you?
I am motivated by seeing people really enjoy their job and do it well.

What specialty certifications do you hold?
I have been a CRRN (certified rehabilitation registered nurse) since 2001, and I also am the past president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (NEPA).

Which rehabilitation technologies do you utilize in your work?
In outpatient the therapists get to use all the cool technology at Good Shepherd, and I do get to assist them with it. I often help with patients who use the ZeroG gait and balance training system or the Ekso Bionics™ exoskeleton.

What attracted you to a career in healthcare?
When I was in high school, I worked as a unit secretary at a local nursing home in the evenings. The summer of my senior year I took the CNA class they offered and worked there as an aide. It was at the nursing home that I realized I really loved nursing and that I could make a difference.

Why do you choose to work at Good Shepherd?  
I chose to work at Good Shepherd because I was first a patient here. When I was in my last year of nursing school, I had viral encephalitis and needed a lot of rehabilitation. Physically, I was okay but cognitively, I was not. I needed to learn how to read, write, speak and spell again. I had the best therapists, and they got me back to nursing school. My neurologist did not think I would ever be able to go back to school, but we proved him wrong!  If it were not for Good Shepherd, I would not have the life I have today.

What are your hobbies and special interests outside of Good Shepherd?
I love to sing and do karaoke. I also do a lot of volunteer work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

What does “Beyond Limits Rehab” mean to you?
Beyond Limits to me means taking a patient further than anyone expected and helping them push themselves harder to help achieve their goals. The staff at Good Shepherd is really good at “thinking outside the box” and being creative to make therapy fun and enjoyable.

Why should patients choose Good Shepherd?
The question should be why would any patient not choose Good Shepherd? No other provider in the area has the technology or experience that we hold. Neurorehabilitation is a specialty and not everyone understands or does it as well as we do. My recovery is a perfect example of why everyone should choose Good Shepherd.

Is there anything else you want to include in your #BeyondLimitsBio?
I feel very fortunate that I found such a great place to work when I was so young. I have been able to grow here at Good Shepherd and have had the opportunity to work in many different roles over the years.