Linda Bollinger, CTRS, ATRIC
Where do you work?
Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center
In what areas of rehabilitation do you specialize?
I am a recreational therapist in Good Shepherd’s Fitness and Aquatic Wellness Programs.
What one word best describes you?
Name one long-term goal:
Conduct research to determine if specific exercises used in an aquatics class can improve functional abilities in patients with Parkinson's disease.
What specialty certifications do you hold?
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
- Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute Certified
- American Council on Exercise – Aerobics (Pilates)
- American Fitness and Aerobics Association (Aerobics, Weight Training, Water Safety Instructor)
What rehabilitation technologies do you utilize in your work?
I use a variety of aquatic equipment, including a specialized underwater treadmill and a pool lift that allows individuals who cannot walk to enter and exit the pool safely.
What attracted you to a career in healthcare?
I've always been motivated to help people in some way.
Why do you choose to work at Good Shepherd?
I believe in the mission of this organization. Good Shepherd means “family” to me with a caring and compassionate staff. It is a privilege to work here.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of Good Shepherd?
I enjoy traveling, swimming and running. I have completed four marathons and more than 20 half marathons. I also enjoy crocheting and am learning the new skill of knitting. We have two Siamese rescue cats at home, and I enjoy spending time with them.
What does “Beyond Limits Rehab” mean to you?
I feel that Good Shepherd is an excellent organization and that miracles happen here. In 30 years working here, I have seen many instances where patients have gone above and beyond their goals and exceed what they thought they would be able to accomplish in rehab.
Why should patients INSIST on Good Shepherd?
The caring and compassionate staff at Good Shepherd make healthcare special and different for our patients. Staff routinely go above and “beyond limits” to care for their patients.