Welcome to R2P4 Tim!
Why did you want to become involved in physical therapy?
I wanted to become involved in physical therapy to help others reduce the time they spent away from what they love doing most. My interests began as a youth and high school athlete when I realized how sad and disconnected my friends and teammates felt when they were unable to play alongside us. I didn't realize just how profound an effect missing out on time doing something one enjoys can have on someone's mentality and well being until my undergraduate studies in health sciences and psychology classes As I continued to mature in both age and experiences, I realized that through my involvement in physical therapy I could limit the time people spend away from what they love be it sports, their profession, or general family life and daily activities.
What is your background?
IMy physical therapy background began through my own athletic career and being able to work alongside athletes across multiple sports as a sport manager and later supervisor during both undergraduate and graduate studies. I realized the importance of wellness in regards to all activities towards the end of my time at James Madison University which later lead to my pursuit of becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and doing personal training in graduate school. I had the opportunity to work with a regional health corporation in my first job after graduating with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at a sports specalized clinic in Washington D.C. It was there that I was fortunate enough to work in partnership with the team physicians for the Washington Wizards and Capitals while treating a wide array of collegiate and high school athletes as well as a diverse group of active adults.
What is your specialty or niche when it comes to physical therapy?
Two specialties and populations that I especially enjoy working with are rotational sport athletes (primarily golf and baseball) as well concussion management in the active adult and athlete (primarily soccer players). The niches are influenced from my own experiences in dealing with concussions as a soccer player, and my affinity for the game of golf and the amazing balance of power and coordination required for the baseball hitting and throwing motion.
What are you most looking forward to in joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I'm most looking forward to re-joining a team at Rehab 2 Perform who is so devoutly dedicated to helping people be the best versions of themselves. I was fortunate enough to have a clinical rotation as a student under Dr. Zach Baker, and during that time the overwhelmingly genuine, positive, and motivated mood I was exposed to at R2P was infectious. It was that feeling that fueled my continued growth and learning in my studies and work while away from R2P, and made saying yes to an opportunity to join the team in a professional role so easy.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Bethesda community?
I hope to further my connection in the Bethesda community through my continued participation with a group that initially introduced me to the area: Just Tryan It. I also look forward to establishing a golf wellness and performance enhancement program with some of the wonderful courses and clubs I've had the opportunity to play in the area, as well as sharing my knowledge regarding concussion management with youth sports teams in the area.