Current Role Working With The Athletic Population
Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh's Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2019 I have had the opportunity to work with athletes from elementary school through the masters level, including college soccer and football players, high school wrestlers, runners, gymnasts, basketball players, CrossFitters, mountaineers, alpinists, and weekend warriors of various disciplines. I have had front-line experience providing medical care for a national qualifier ice hockey tournament alongside Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Sports Medicine physicians. My experience providing strength and conditioning training to the Mighty Penguins adaptive sled hockey team in Pittsburgh has provided me with valuable insights on the spectrum of function and the empowering effects that a good exercise program can have on ALL populations.
My role is to empower athletes and active individuals to take charge of their own well-being in times of physical and mental adversity. Injury and pain are an opportunity to reflect, adapt, and ultimately build resilience. I am simply here to facilitate that process.
Physical function is a spectrum. Physical therapy, strength & conditioning, yoga, etc. are tools for self-betterment to enable us as dynamic human beings to extract every last drop out of this life.
I am an avid fan of the sport of Wrestling and was a wrestler myself for 12 years. Wrestling has played a crucial role in my mental and philosophical framework as a person and clinician and I owe a lot of who I am to the struggles and successes that are intrinsic to the sport. After 4 shoulder surgeries put me out of Wrestling in 2012, my focus transitioned to strength training during my undergrad years. My approach to strength and conditioning has been largely influenced by my wrestling team's strength and conditioning coach, my past participation in the Hybrid Performance Method training program, my close friendships with powerlifters and strength & conditioning coaches during graduate school, and the pursuit of my DPT degree and CSCS certification. I have additionally been an avid hiker and backpacker my entire life and since moving to Washington have developed an obsession with mountain biking given the plethora of fantastic trails in the area. Movement motivates me, adventure inspires me, and the opportunity to listen to others' stories grounds me.
Academic Background and Professional Training
I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 and my bachelors in Rehabilitation Science in 2016 from the same program with a certificate in Pathokinesiology. In 2018 I chose to become a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) to further refine my exercise prescription and better serve my patients who are passionate about returning to their active pursuits. My next step is to become a board-certified sports specialist in order to further expand my toolbox and provide the highest quality care that I can.