We all have those “small world” moments. More often than not, they are unexpected. That was the case for All-America Honorable Mention Running Back, Jeffrey Dubose. After tearing his ACL in a football drill, his “small world” moment happened when he met physical therapist, Adam Meierbachtol who happened to also be a Gustavus Adolphus College graduate.
“I see patients with many different diagnoses, and I randomly, saw Jeffrey for his first post op physical therapy appointment after surgery,” Adam Meierbachtol, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC said. “For consistency, we encourage patients to continue with one therapist throughout their rehab, and we figured out fairly quickly during a subsequent follow up that we were both Gusties.”
His ACL injury required surgery. Dubose’s surgeon was Dr. Gary Fetzer, who also happens to be the Gustavus Adolphus Team Physician. In almost every aspect of Dubose’s care there was a Gustavus Adolphus College connection.
“It was the feeling of exclusiveness or the feeling of having “an inside guy” is how I can describe the sense of working with a Gustie,” Dubose said. “It’s always good to be able to relate with anyone you’re working with in some manner. I felt, even though we had never met, with us both being Gusties, we already knew a significant piece about each other. Whether it was the feeling of being on the hill, or the special activities that Gusties have experienced and can understand, we were able to gain a bigger sense of what it truly means to be Gustie outside of Gustavus which is working together for a cause.”
Thanks to the collaboration of Adam Meierbachtol and Dr. Fetzer, Dubose had a smooth recovery process. Dubose is now part of TRIA L.E.A.P. and anxious to get back on the field and running drills.
“They redirected the anxiousness I had into an ideal plan to make steps towards a full recovery with the realism of the process my knee was going through,” Dubose said. “I never felt confusion, like ‘What do I do next?’, in the process, which was important to me because it took away the stress of worrying. The consistency of them being knowledgeable in their profession, to not only inform me, but also empathize to an extent with me was powerful not only in strengthening the doctor patient relationship but also in the Gustie Family connection we held previously.”