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Meet the Physical Therapy Intern: Mike!

Q: Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?

A: The human body’s ability to adapt and thrive in the face of incredible demands has fascinated me since I first touched a barbell my freshman year of high school. This desire to continually learn about human movement and performance led me down a path to earn my Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo. During my last few years of my undergraduate career, I realized I was spending much of my free time researching and experimenting with ways to enhance the results of my own coaching and training. I wanted to understand the body at a deeper level than was being offered in my courses. I had witnessed firsthand the immense physical changes associated with training, as well as the struggles of overcoming injuries. I reached the conclusion that the more I knew about rehabilitation and injury mechanisms, the more I could positively influence the health and performance of myself and others. Physical therapy revealed itself as the perfect blend of training, science, coaching, and understanding and influencing movement potential.

Man lifting with barebell overheadQ: What is your background?

A: I am a 3rd year Physical Therapy student at the University at Buffalo. I have been involved in personal training, group fitness, strength and conditioning, and Olympic style weightlifting throughout my collegiate career.  I have been blessed to have some brilliant mentors in the fields of both physical therapy and strength and conditioning. I completed an invaluable 16-week internship experience at Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST) as part of my undergraduate curriculum. I have also worked as a strength coach at Absolute Performance (AP) in Buffalo for the last two years. In my downtime, my passion is to train and compete in Olympic weightlifting. I have been involved in Team WNY Weightlifting for much of the last three years.

Q: What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?

A: My hope is to remain involved in the sports performance realm of physical therapy. I greatly enjoy the process and the challenge of working alongside highly motivated individuals to achieve a desired outcome. With my lifting background, I have a proclivity towards working somewhere within the strength-based sports community. The environment and culture of R2P depicts my ideal position: an athletic facility based atop the tenants of promoting and optimizing movement.

Q: What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

A: Being at R2P gives me the incredible opportunity to surround myself with a broad array of intelligent, hardworking, experienced, and passionate clinicians. Their drive and enthusiasm for rehabilitation and promoting health shine through in everything they do. I am excited to learn from and take part in this inspiring community.

Q: What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?

A: I would like to connect and contribute to the fitness community throughout Germantown. My early roots in Olympic lifting and strength and conditioning have formulated a diverse blend of physical therapy and sports performance knowledge. For this reason, I want to encourage and facilitate others with like-minded interests and goals. I hope to share my passion for movement in order to promote lifelong changes in an intelligent, responsible, and sustainable manner.