My first exposure to physical therapy and athletic training was as a small boy following my older brothers during their sporting events. I was always interested in the athletic trainers running on the field to take care of the injured athletes. As I got older and started to play my own sports, my own interest in athletic training and physical therapy only grew. So I initially received my Bachelor degree in Athletic Training from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota followed by receiving my Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota.

I have been practicing outpatient, orthopedic physical therapy for approximately 5 years here in the Treasure Valley. I also volunteer my time with a local hockey team, the Idaho Icecats, providing sports medicine. My personal treatment strategy would be the blend of both manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to regain mobility, increase strength and allow return to prior level of function. My belief is that physical therapy should not be a painful experience but through exercises focused on body mechanics and correct movement patterns we should be able to perform pain-free activities. Physical therapy should also be patient-centric and take into consideration everyone’s specific needs and goals to develop an individualized treatment plan. The greatest rewarding part of physical therapy for me is providing each patient with the knowledge to understand their current condition, education on how to get rid of pain and the ability to return to the activities they love.

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