I began my career as a physical therapist in 1996 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and later completed my transitional doctorate in physical therapy. I am fellowship-trained by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, with a focus on the spine, and hold a master's degree in business administration.
In addition to being a physical therapist, I am also a certified orthopedic manual therapist and certified athletic trainer. The focus of my work includes young and experienced athletes, from the amateur to professional level in a variety of sports.
A key to success in physical therapy is getting to the source of the patient's issue. This requires a strong partnership with the patient, as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills on my part. This is often like solving a puzzle. With the skills and experience that I have gained over the years, I can often make an immediate impact on how someone feels. This is what keeps me interested in physical therapy: helping people to feel better.
The other way I grow and develop in my field is through continuing my education. Over the years, I've completed course work in manual/manipulative therapy, trigger point dry needling, functional movement assessment and corrective exercise. I also guest lecture at Vanderbilt University and serve an adjunct instructor at Winston-Salem State University.
In my spare time, I enjoy home improvement, woodworking, riding my bike and staying fit.