Meet Mike Hynson DPT Student
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
I really didn’t know what direction I wanted to go with my career until junior year in my undergraduate program at Appalachian State University. I was an exercise science major and we had the opportunity to go out and shadow a professional in a field we were interested in. I chose an outpatient physical therapy clinic and got my first real exposure to the field. After graduating, I took a year off and worked as a physical therapy tech assisting two excellent therapists with patient care at a Life Fitness physical therapy clinic. Here I was able to gain experience working directly with patients and really enjoyed assisting them recover from injury and return to their prior level of function. I was able to witness the great impact physical therapists can make in their patients’ lives, and the gratitude each patient expressed for their PT. Following this experience, I knew I had found a career I would enjoy and enrolled in the DPT program at University of Maryland, Baltimore.
What is your background?
I was born and raised in Marriottsville, MD where I live today. I graduated from Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County and studied at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where I received a B.S. degree in Exercise Science. I am currently a third year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at University of Maryland, Baltimore in the second of three full time clinical rotations. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, disc golfing, watching Baltimore/DC sports teams, playing pretty much any pick up sport, and attending concerts.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
As a young professional in the field, I would not venture to say that I have formed a specialty as a physical therapist just yet. That being said, I do believe that I have received a pretty strong foundation in manual therapy from my school’s program and enjoy being able to utilize those skills as a catalyst to patient recovery. Also as an active individual and former high school athlete, I enjoy working with the active patient population and thus see myself working in an outpatient orthopedic setting as a future physical therapist.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I look forward to working with the local athletes and active community in order to help them reach their goals and return to an active lifestyle. Nothing is more frustrating than being held out from the sport or activity you love to do because of circumstances you can’t control, and I look forward to being able to provide patients with the tools to get them back on track to high level performance. I am also excited to learn from the excellent clinicians at Rehab 2 Perform and grow as a physical therapist.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?
I believe that one of the most important qualities of a good physical therapist is being an active listener. Understanding why the patient is in front of you today and what their goals and values are will be paramount to developing a successful plan of care. I plan to foster this type of relationship by getting to know each patient on a personal level and understanding what makes them tick. I believe that forming this type of connection with each patient will allow me to engage with the community.