Was there an experience that led you to become a PT?
Growing up, I have always had aspirations to work in sports medicine in some capacity because I enjoyed anatomy, physiology, and fixing broken things and assumed I would become an orthopedic physician because I didn’t even know physical therapy existed until after I strained my hamstring as a freshman in college. After having the good fortune to be treated by one of the physical therapists for the UNC Men’s basketball team, I knew physical therapy was the right fit for me because I enjoyed the emphasis of manual treatments, exercise, and coaching as the solution to getting patients back to doing what they enjoy.
What is your favorite thing to treat and why?
It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that I like to treat because there’s a lot of variety in orthopedics and because everything in the body is so dependent on other areas and oftentimes injuries occur because of dysfunctions and deficiencies in other body regions. For this reason, I enjoy working with functional fitness athletes, barbell athletes, tactical athletes, and veterans who often have multiple interrelated injuries and impairments that require a specific and comprehensive treatment plan to optimize their recovery and overall ability.
Where are you from and what sports did you play growing up?
I’m from Waxhaw, North Carolina, a small (but growing) town outside of Charlotte, and I grew up with a soccer ball on my foot. Between playing year-round outdoor and indoor soccer across the state for club and school teams and refereeing soccer, you could say I was slightly obsessed.
What are some of your favorite Hobbies/Activities?
I don’t always have time for activities, but when I do, I prefer to maintain an active lifestyle. Whether it’s weightlifting in my garage or running with my dog around my neighborhood, I genuinely enjoy pushing my fitness in a variety of ways. My current fitness goals are to be able to lift a combined 1000 pounds of the “big three” barbell lifts – back squat, bench press, deadlift – and run a sub six-minute mile.
I also continue to referee the “beautiful game” at the youth, high school, and college-level. But, mostly, I stay active by chasing my two-year-old daughter around the house, doing yard work, and going on walks around the neighborhood with my family. I know the importance of having a healthy, active lifestyle and I am excited to help my patients return to theirs!