Employee Spotlight: Seth Torres

We are proud to feature Seth Torres in this month’s Employee Spotlight. He was honored with the Director of the Year award in 2016 and is well deserving of this recognition.

What is your job title?  Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?
I am the Director of Therapy Operations(DTO). I am responsible for coordinating services for the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology departments. I have worked at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock for 9 years. I started as a staff occupational therapists and transitioned into the role of DTO in 2008.

What events led you to where you are today at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock?
I completed a Clinical Affiliation in Inpatient Rehabilitation while completing my Master’s in Occupational Therapy and knew immediately that I wanted to work in this setting. I particularly like working with patients who have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries.

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock (an experience with a patient, a coworker going above and beyond for someone, an act of kindness)?
Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock is like family to me. I love to see how the entire hospital can come together to support each other when it is needed. This past year, I had a relative who sustained a Spinal Cord Injury. This put me in a position to experience Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock from the patient and family perspective. Everyone in the hospital worked so hard to make sure he had a positive outcome and was able to go home with his family.

What do you most love about the work you do?
I love my team. We have a tremendous group of therapists that work very hard to provide a high level of care for our patients.

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock?
At Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock, we often meet people at a low point in their lives. They typically have suffered a life changing event and are not able to live and function independently. I hope to provide a positive and encouraging environment where therapists are able work together with patients to help them achieve their goals and return home.

Can you tell us a little about your family?
My wife (Shannon) and I have been married for 10 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters Sophia (7) and Sienna (4).

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work?
I am a nerd. I enjoy reading, podcasts, music, playing golf, and spending time with my family.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to learn to play the guitar. I have tried and I am terrible.

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?
My parents, they have always been so patient and supportive.

What is your favorite thing about Lubbock: Your favorite place to eat, spend time with loved ones, etc?
I love anything related to Texas Tech: Football, Tailgating. The First Friday Art Trail is also fun,

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of Lubbock (and its surrounding areas)?
Lubbock and West Texas is a very friendly place. The people are always kind and courteous and it is a great place to raise a family.

If you could tell the people one thing about Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock, what would it be?
Not all jobs allow you to work in an environment where you get to have a positive impact on people every single day. We do that at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock and it is a very rewarding experience.