Physical Education | Health Care
Living by the motto, “it's not about basking in the sun, but dancing in the rain,” Lana VanAuker believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be the best they can be, no matter how old they are. She became a recreational therapist at Trumbell Memorial Hospital with that in mind, and is currently working in the psychiatric unit with those suffering from depression and anxiety. There, she leads groups in activities like stress dancing and exercise yoga, and sits on the treatment team for patients. Ms. VanAuker’s goal is to reduce the effects of these conditions, and she feels validated by the letters she receives from people thanking her for being a part of their improvement. She has held this position since 1988.
Ms. VanAuker got her start in her field in grade school, where she fell in love with physical education and was inspired by teachers who encouraged students to move forward in positive ways. She combined her interests and opted to study psychology and physical education, first at Kent State University and then at Youngstown University. With a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in education and certifications as an activity consultant and as a teacher in Ohio, Ms. VanAuker was prepared for anything her career threw at her. She eventually found her passion in working with elderly people in physical education.