Doug Frankel

Member Testimonials

My Limitations Are Now My History

I was pruning the beautiful crepe myrtle in my front yard on February 13, 2000, and fell from the ladder, nearly severing my right foot.  Fourteen surgeries later, including painful recoveries in two different external fixators, I was unable to walk without a cane, and faced limited mobility for the rest of my life.  Water therapy got me back on my feet, but the leg length difference and a fused right ankle still created huge limitations.  There was so much that I couldn’t do.  Although I could swim, play water volleyball, and scuba dive, my life on land presented obstacles.  Even hauling myself back in the dive boat was difficult.

I turned 55 in June, and I decided it was time to start taking care of myself.  I didn’t know where to start and always thought of a health club as intimidating.  I also knew that I would need a specialized trainer who could deal with my unique challenges. My water therapist referred me to TELOS, which is (“no excuses”) conveniently located near my Galleria office.

From the moment I walked in the door the weekend of July 4, Kari assured me that I
was in the right place.  Matt did my Assessment, giving me a glimpse of the way forward, which would include a lot of hard work and trainer-talk like, “I know you can bend your elbow.  Let’s see some scapula!!”  Matt is just the right mix of skill and entertainment to make every session something I look forward to.
Since the second week of July, I have dropped significant BMI (and clothing sizes). I feel better than I have felt in more years than I can imagine.  I am optimistic that my limitations will be manageable.  For me, this has become a journey to find what is possible vs. handling ever-present obstacles.
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the encouragement and support of Kari,
Matt, Wes, Glenn, and the entire TELOS team.  I have found a place where my limitations are now just part of my history.  I know I will never be completely back to normal, but good nutrition and strength will give me the best chance to make the most of life.