Meet Danny Pettry

Founder of Rec Therapy Today and Rec Therapy CEUs

Danny is and award winning recreational therapist and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading authorities in recreational therapy. In 2007 he founded Rec Therapy Today as the first online continuing education resource creating specifically for recreational therapists, and has been providing newsletters for recreational therapists since 2004.

Danny Pettry has worked as a full-time practitioner at a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for children with behavioral health needs since 2002.

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in West Virginia
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) since 2003
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2007




Danny Pettry maintained full time work while completing two graduate degrees, including: M.Ed., in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, Kentucky) in 2012 and a M.S. in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indian) in 2006. His undergraduate degree is in Therapeutic Recreation from Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia) in 2002.

Award Winning

Danny is a lifetime member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. and winner of the 2004 Peg Connolly Scholarship Award and 2005 Recreational Therapy Advocate of the Year Award. He was awarded Clinical Staff of the Year by the West Virginia Child Care Association in 2014.


Danny is the author of “Discover Hidden Secret Wisdom: A Recreational Therapists’ System on How You Can Become Great at Anything.” He has written several children’s books, and has written newsletter articles for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and several branches of ATRA.