Growing up in Nebraska I was very active recreationally, although not in organized sports (I’m one of the rare PTs that wasn’t graced with athleticism….). In high school, I started working out at the local military gym, and began reading as much as I could about anatomy, physiology, and exercise to understand the many aspects of fitness. I learned about Physical Therapy via friends who were hurt in sports and had to go through PT themselves. It sounded like a great career, and I decided that was what I had to do.

I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I earned my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. After graduation, I attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in 1999 earned my Masters of Physical Therapy. After 2 years of practice, I went back to school part time at Creighton University and earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2004. During the course of my career, I have worked in several clinics, always with a focus on orthopedic injures. This led me to study and pass the examination to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2006. Two of my previous jobs were at spine centers, and I have frequently treated patients with neck and back injuries throughout my career. That led me in 2015 to become a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through the International Spine and Pain Institute.

My wife and I moved to Idaho in 2014 to be closer to the mountains, as we are avid hikers. I have been with STARS since that time, which has been a tremendous experience for me. I currently treat patients out of our Talus location in Meridian, where I treat a variety of patients with neck and back injuries, various shoulder and knee injuries, and provide general orthopedic care.

> Jason’s Bio