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Mark, DPT Student Nazareth

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

It started off with my grandfather going to physical therapy when I was younger, he would always tell me about it and I was always super interested in what went on there.  Then, when I was 15 years old I broke my ankle and had to go to physical therapy for rehab, and that is when I fell in love with it.  I have always wanted to be in the medical field in some way, but I wanted to be able to spend time with my patients and form a relationship that fostered trust and showed them I care about them as a person too, not just an injury.  So, that is when I decided physical therapy was the profession for me, plus it allows me to mesh two things that interest me. Those things being finding a way to help people rehab from an injury, while incorporating strength and conditioning principles into treatment.

What is your background?

I am currently a third year student in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.  I have my B.S. in Health Sciences from Nazareth College, which I completed in 3-years.  I grew up in Buffalo, New York where I started to play sports as soon as I could walk.  Growing up I played baseball, basketball, and soccer.  In high school, I played four years of varsity volleyball, and varsity lacrosse.  I did not play any sports in college, but my freshman year in college is when my interest in strength and conditioning peaked.  In my free time you can usually find me in either the weight room, or outside enjoying the sunshine. 

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

My future specialty/niche on physical therapy will hopefully be in the realm of meshing physical therapy and sports performance.  I have such an interest in learning as much as I can about the principles of strength and conditioning that I am currently studying to become a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  I have a special interest in the area of injury prevention, so part of my goal in being a best physical therapist is working with young athletes and teaching them proper lifting, running, and landing techniques in hopes of them avoiding injuries all together.       

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

When joining the Rehab 2 Perform team the things I am most looking forward to are learning from the young professionals who really embody the evidence based approach.  The Doctors of Physical Therapy do an excellent job of providing patients with an extremely high level of care, while also keeping up with current literature to make sure they are keeping the quality of care very high.  Another thing I look forward to learning about is how Rehab 2 Perform has so seamlessly combined the worlds of physical therapy and performance training.  I have been interested in both of these topics for a long time, but have never been able to find a facility that combines them as well as Rehab 2 Perform does, so I am looking forward to learning about how they did that.

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

My plans for engaging the community are using my social media platforms to post about Rehab 2 Perform, and talk about how they do things that are different than any other outpatient physical therapy facility.  Prior to starting my clinical rotation I have been talking with my fellow physical therapy classmates about Rehab 2 Perform and how excited I was to go there and learn from the people there.  A number of classmates I talked to want to talk to me after I finish my rotation there about my experiences there, and a number of them are in physical therapy classes below me, so these are people who may want to pursue doing a clinical rotation there when the times comes.