Donald Anderson is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Aligned Modern Health. Originally from Wisconsin, he is a graduate of the College of DuPage Massage Therapy Program.
Before becoming a massage therapist, Donald worked as an Engineer for 28 years. During that time, he worked in the plastic recycling, contract manufacturing and consumer electronics industries.
Donald specializes in Deep-Tissue Massage and Myofascial release modalities and also incorporates Thai massage and passive stretching into his sessions. He also is enthusiastic about Sports massage and low-pain foam rolling.
In his free time, Donald is an avid fan of running, auto racing, animals, football, baseball and is an incorrigible foodie.
Q&A WITH DONALD
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Solving problems for people.
What three traits define you?
Logical, Process-driven, Good humored
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
What are you surprisingly good at?
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Still to be determined…
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Disc Jockey at an all-polka music radio station.
How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personal experiences?
My engineering education and experiences connect to how I approach the problems my patients present. A logical, evidence-based and process-driven approach is what I follow.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
Upper back, neck and shoulder movement issues.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
People compliment me on how comfortable they feel working with me. They also say they have never worked with a massage therapist who puts so much emphasis on patient education.
Who is your ideal client and why should they connect with you?
An engaged client is the best client by far. When a client is an active participant in their care, great things can be accomplished.
In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
Making sure the client feel safe and secure during the massage process is sacred to me.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I love food. Cooking and going to restaurants are great fun for me. I also love auto racing and attend the Indy 500 each year. I am a White Sox fan, and am a football fan of the team a grew up rooting for growing up in Wisconsin.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I am actually not surprisingly good at Free-style rap.