ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University
- Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the US Army Baylor’s Program
- Chronic Pain Management
- Stress Resiliency Techniques (amitsood.com) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
- Board Certified in Orthopaedics
Like many physical therapists, my first introduction to the career came after I sustained an injury. I was serving in the Army at the time and broke my leg. I was very fortunate at that time to receive outstanding physical therapy and recovered completely. Actually, due to the expertise of my physical therapist, I was faster competing in triathlons than before this serious injury. This experience provided the inspiration to combine two of my passions – giving back to the community and sports – into a career.
My favorite part of physical therapy is helping people get back to what they love to do, whether it is running marathons, competing in the swimming pool, or simply performing every day activities, pain-free. My sports medicine and physical therapy background combined have given me the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients, from professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes, to working mothers concerned with aging more gracefully. My approach to therapy is to treat the body as a whole – not just the individual injury – to determine the underlying cause. Continuing education is a life-long pursuit of mine that I am blessed to have been exposed to since 2000.
I pursued learning the science and application of Postural Restoration to help patients find solutions for self-empowered healing. This approach has guided me to help my clients achieve improved neuromuscular balance resulting in decreased pain and a return to pre-injury activities. My ultimate goal as a physical therapist/health educator is to empower my patients to restore their body’s own effective movement patterns. By restoring optimal movement patterns, individuals are then able to move in a more efficient and pain-free manner. This is a collaborative process between myself and the patient to achieve this outcome of restored health.
On a personal note, I have been married to my incredible wife, Leslie for 20 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters, Caroline (18) and Meredith (16), who keep us busy traveling to swim meets and soccer tournaments.
Although my high school athletic days have come to a close, I enjoy volunteering as an official with youth swimming through the USA Swim Association.
I serve as well on the Iowa Lupus Association Wellness Board.