Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute (ATRI) 20th Anniversary Symposium

Joey Zucchelli and Debra May, co-owners of Nekdoodle®, received the Aquatic Therapy Dolphin Award in recognition for Nekdoodle® support and contribution to the Aquatic Therapy industry.

The Aquatic Therapy Dolphin Award recognizes individuals who have made a difference or been an inspiration to others by creating harmony in the field of aquatic therapy and rehabilitation. Dolphins have always had a special place in our hearts – from the well-known TV character, Flipper, who was friendly and playful to the latest research being conducted on the benefits of dolphin therapy. This giving animal used in therapy has the ability to trigger the healing process in people. Current programs have shown great results in patients with autism, Down’s Syndrome and chronic depression. Dolphins are the original aquatic therapists!

Like the dolphins who make a difference in so many lives, there are individuals who do the same. Examples of the Dolphin Award include going beyond the call of duty; fostering kindness for other participants at aquatic therapy events; sponsoring or subsidizing an event or action in aquatic therapy; guiding others into aquatic therapy and rehab; volunteering time and resources to further aquatic therapy and rehab; displaying grace and gentility in dealing with problems; cooperating in gathering information to promote aquatic therapy or assist others in the industry and guiding the aquatic therapy industry or individuals in it with affinity, amity and devotion.