Joel Ortiz

Peer Support Volunteer

Age: 23

Disability: C4-C5 complete spinal cord injury

Age of onset: 18

Work experience (post injury): Architectural design, cinematography, travel agent

Education: Some college; Palomar Community College, Grossmont College, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

Primary language: English

Languages spoken: Fair Spanish

Life goals: Become a motivational and religious speaker. Travel the world. Affect people's lives in a positive way. 

Hobbies: Remote-controlled airplane and cars, desert, dune buggy, river, poker

Interests: Christianity, graphic design, computers, poker, travel destinations

Anything you would like to share about yourself that might be helpful to someone newly injured?
Since being injured, I have traveled around the U.S. and have a good understanding of how to travel. In addition to the U.S., I have also been to Israel. I've been married for three years. I have my own house and business. I am currently starting a wedding video business in addition to my architectural business. I use a computer that is equipped with voice activated software to do all my work. I attended a nondenominational Christian church.

For More Information
To learn more about the Sharp Rehabilitation Peer Support Advisor Program, please call 858-939-6709 or send us an email. To contact Joel Ortiz, be sure to include Joel's name in your message.

To learn more about Sharp's rehabilitation services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician who can refer you to a physical therapist, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about rehabilitation, visit Rehabilitation in Adult Health or read the Rehabilitation News archive.