Geno Dogans shows the camera his “E.T.” finger as he stands behind the counter at Thrive Community Fitness. He uses his amiable personality to make customers feel welcome as they walk in; he got his job there through the county’s work program for adults with developmental disabilities. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
If Geno Dogans is behind the counter, anyone who walks into Oak Harbor’s Thrive Community Fitness on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon is greeted with a wave, a warm “hello” and a thumb’s up.
He knows almost everyone’s name who walks through the door.
As a result of a traumatic brain injury sustained when he was 6, Dogans, 29, can’t use much of the exercise equipment himself. He received the injury from his father, who went to jail for child abuse. Dogans was in a coma for two months and had to use a wheelchair when he first came home.
Dogans can …
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