Northern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training; California University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science in Athletic Training
“The most rewarding aspect of being an athletic trainer is seeing an athlete return to the game and being successful at what they do and knowing you helped make it possible.”
- Ted VanderMeuse, LAT
The Portage community is fortunate to have Ted VanderMeuse practicing as an athletic trainer at Divine Savior Healthcare. His passion for the field truly benefits area athletes.
“I always knew I wanted to help people,” Ted explains. “I didn’t really plan on being in the health care field until my high school athletic coach introduced me to the field of athletic training.”
Ted first attended Northern Michigan University, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He then chose to pursue his Master of Science in Athletic Training, earning it in just one “intense” year at the California University of Pennsylvania.
“It was intense,” Ted shares. “I feel successful for getting through it. My grandpa had always told me ‘never say whoa in a mud hole,’ which I translate to ‘never give up regardless how dire the situation.’”
Ted is happy to be onboard Divine Savior Healthcare’s rehab team. His ability to see the positive in all situations even makes his daily commute a source of enjoyment.
“I love the countryside, rolling hills, fields, forests and lakes. It makes for such a refreshing drive to work every day,” he says.
Ted’s optimism is apparent when he works with his patients. His appreciation for Divine Savior Healthcare is also obvious to the community.
“Divine Savior Healthcare has that great small town, neighborly feel where you feel like staff truly cares about you and everyone is extremely friendly,” Ted says.
When Ted is not at Divine Savior Healthcare, he enjoys fishing, cross-country skiing, running and working out and watching or playing all sports.
“Especially soccer,” Ted adds.
Local fishermen can be grateful that Ted chose the medical field and that he is not out on Wisconsin’s Lakes more often.
“If I wasn’t in the medical field I’d be out on a lake fishing for a profession,” he tells us.