Justin Avila, PT Student
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
In the Navy, I experience a major injury that resulted in medical retirement. In my two years of rehab, I got to work with some outstanding rehab professionals. I was truly touched by their knowledge and compassion and they ended up changing the course of my life. I decided that after I retired, I would to try to go back and help active duty personnel in the special operations community as a physical therapist.
What is your background?
Fitness has always been a big part of my life. Growing up I wrestled and I spent over ten years in the Navy as a Special Warfare Boat Operator. In Naval special warfare, fitness is a major part of the culture of the community. After medically retiring from the Navy, I moved to Nashville, TN and attended Lipscomb University, majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology. I am currently a third year PT student at Belmont University in Nashville.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
Following school, I would like to go back to the special operations community as a civilian PT and rehab active duty military personnel. Rehab in the military is sports medicine based, so interning at Rehab 2 Perform will provide me a great foundation to build on.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
While at Rehab 2 Perform I looking forward to developing confidence with return to performance protocols and progressions for athletic individuals. I hope to develop a clear understanding of return to performance testing procedures and continue to develop my understanding and application of exercise progression for rehabilitation.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?
I’m looking forward to getting to know my patients and helping them get back to the activities they enjoy.