Member Spotlight: Dori Maxon PT, MEd


About Dori Maxon PT, MEd

Dori Maxon PT, MEd has been providing aquatic services to a variety of populations since 1978, first as a swimming instructor and later as a physical therapist. In 1991 she founded and continues to direct SNAPkids (Special Needs Aquatic Program). SNAPkids gives children with special needs a place to exercise, have fun and let their lights shine brightly while partnering with caring volunteers to create a more respectful, inclusive, and welcoming community.

She loves the joy on her clients' faces when they're in the water and they can do something they couldn't before. Dori also loves the creative out-of-the-box thinking that comes with knowing how water works and figuring out how best to use water to assist a client.

Dori joined the Academy because she believes working in the water can benefit so many people, and wanted to help raise awareness and shine a spotlight on the profession. Having a group that represents this specialty is important to her, and she thanks the therapists who made it happen.

When she began her career, specialty groups like the academy didn't exist and she feels it's so important for both practitioners and the field to have colleagues on their journey.

Dori has been recognized with numerous awards including Aquatic Professional of the Year, the John Williams Adapted Aquatics Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and the Jefferson Award for Community Service. In addition to her work in aquatics, Dori owned and directed Pediatric Contracting Services from 1994-2011 providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to children in schools, homes, and clinics. Dori has presented professional courses in the U.S. and abroad on the topic of pediatric aquatic therapy and adapted aquatics.

Dori resides in Richmond, California, and when she's not in the pool, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing pickleball.



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