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Meet The Physical Therapy Intern: Andrew Hackney


Please welcome Andrey Hackney, SPT to the Rehab 2 Perform Community! Andrew is a 3rd year physical therapy student at the University of Dayton and will be spending 12 weeks with us as he prepared for graduation from physical therapy school in Spring of 2018. We are fortunate to have him with us and look forward to enriching his experience and expertise as a young physical therapist!

1) Why did you decide to enter the field of physical therapy?

On the surface, physical therapy is all about guiding someone through adversity and that is what originally attracted myself to this profession. I am also a complete nerd when it comes to biomechanics and how the human body functions so I knew this profession would be something that would 1) let me make an impact, 2) I would have fun doing it and 3) I never felt like I would be “working” a day in my life.

2) What is your background?

I studied Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Miami University in Ohio and before attending University of Dayton’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. I took two years off in between my undergraduate degree and attending graduate school and worked with high school and college aged athletes as a strength and conditioning specialist. Growing up, I played nearly every team sport with my fair share of injuries, which I think in some ways also fostered my desire to become a physical therapist.

3) What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a (future) physical therapist?

I have a good knowledge base and a knack of bridging the gap between rehabilitation and functional performance that is necessary to getting people back to doing what they love to do.

4) What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

I learned of Rehab 2 Perform from Anthony Iannarino, who was Rehab 2 Perform’s first DPT student and University of Dayton DPT grade, and he told me how awesome the learning experience, how he had great mentorship from the whole Rehab 2 Perform staff was and how great the Frederick community is and I knew I had to jump on the opportunity. So, I think I am really excited to learn, share knowledge and become a temporary Fredrickian!

5) What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?

I got a good sense of the community atmosphere when I visited Frederick in the summer of 2016 and would love to get immersed in that community atmosphere during my time at Rehab 2 Perform in any way possible.