Danielle Sartori ’04, ’06 always had a passion for improving athletic performance, including her own in swimming and water polo. This passion pushed Sartori forward through her academic career at Pacific. She graduated from Pacific with her bachelor of arts in sports medicine in 2004 and then went on to receive her doctorate in physical therapy in 2006. After graduating, she was a trainer at Lodi Physical Therapy and Lodi’s Pursue Ultimate Muscle Performance (PUMP) Institute since 2010, while continuing to volunteer as an assistant coach with the water polo team at Pacific.
Sartori’s passion and competitiveness continued to drive her, as she started to train for the 14th Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) Masters World Championships in Riccione, Italy. She participated in July, with the Olympic Club of San Francisco in the 30+ women’s division and helped them take first place. “I usually practice by playing with the University of the Pacific’s women’s water polo team at their weekend practices. I stay involved with water polo by coaching and have been the volunteer assistant coach at Pacific for the last five seasons. In addition, I try to stay fit by running, riding my road bike, and lifting weights two to three times per week,” said Sartori.
Receiving the gold at this competition made everything worthwhile for Sartori. “It was the best 30th birthday present ever. I was also lucky enough to have my mom and a family friend there with me which made it even better. After the game my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I told her that nothing compares to receiving a gold medal and representing the USA, California, San Francisco, and University of the Pacific,” she said.
Sartori is currently a Senior Staff Therapist, Sports Performance Director, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at the PUMP Institute. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been the secretary for the Pacific Physical Therapy Alumni Association since 2011. Sartori won’t be slowing down anytime soon, as she continues to strive for higher goals going forward. “Professionally I have been looking into becoming an APTA Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and continuing to build the health and wellness side of physical therapy at PUMP. As for polo I plan to continue training hard, playing with the Olympic Club of San Francisco, and coaching. We plan to go to Montreal, Canada to defend our world champion title in 2014,” says Sartori.
By Ben Herrera '10, '13