Meet the Team: Dr. Caleb Fatzinger
Question: Why did you decided to become a physical therapist?
Answer: I’d say my original fascination with like physical therapy was with the human body, and just movement in general. And then I also got into the athletic side of things. I wanted to get my athletic training degree first. So that kind of drove me to help people reach their goals, whether if it was sports performance based, or daily living. So really, just fascination of the human body, and how capable we are of doing so many different things. And getting people to do what they want to do, pain-free and whatever level they want to be able to do it at.
Q: What is your background?
A: I started out as a college soccer athlete in junior college, and my goal was to play soccer at a Division II or Division III level. And then I sustained a couple of pretty significant injuries, and kind of rerouted to go into the athletic training realm. I went to Towson to get my bachelor’s degree and receive my certification in athletic training. Then from there, I was originally going to go into the athletic training field. Felt like there was more out there, in terms of total practitioner approach, just more in-depth movement analysis. There’s more than just the athletic sports stuff. There’s more out there. So I went forward to physical therapy school immediately after graduating. So from Towson to University of Maryland-Baltimore. I just finished up my last year at University of Maryland-Baltimore. This is going to be my first job out of school.
Q: What is your specialty or niche when it comes to being a physical therapist?
A: Coming right out of school, I wouldn’t say I have a niche just yet. I’m still exploring what I find enjoyable to work with. But probably shoulders, back, upper back and lower back, and the spine in general. Shoulders, spine and soft tissue injuries, like your basic muscle strains, over-use injuries of muscles. But like I said, that’ll probably expand. Soccer and lacrosse are my favorite sports to work with, but again, coming right out of school, I’ll probably reorient myself.
Q: What are you most looking forward to joining the R2P team?
A: I’m excited to be a part of a clinic that really values education and overall community wellness. They have a very unique approach to physical therapy, and it’s not like your typical physical therapy clinics. Going throughout physical therapy school, I was afraid to get caught in a rut of going into a clinic where I wasn’t treating the way I wanted to treat, or I wasn’t treating to get people better. Maybe I was doing short-term relief, or just getting by or going through the motions. At Rehab 2 Perform, I’m excited to be somewhere that values getting people back to performance goals, every day goals and being a part of that atmosphere they have during the clinic. Their atmosphere, it’s positive. People want to be there, people want to come back. And that’s what I’m forward to being a part of the team.
Q: What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?
A: I love working with high school athletes. As an athletic trainer, I originally was certified in athletic training, I feel like I can connect better with some populations like kids in high school. Or even athletic trainers in the area. Sometimes there’s a conflict between athletic trainers and physical therapy. So I feel like I can see both sides of that. I look forward to getting out there, getting involved in community screens, or anything like that. Where I can put my face out there to build a report with the high school athletes in the area, the Frederick area and most areas in Maryland. They really value their high school athletics. That’s something I look forward to, whether if it’s with the teams, weekends of tournaments or coaches, parents, kids. Whatever I can do to get my name out there and get more awareness about different things kids are going to go through, as far as injuries, sport performance and preventing injuries.