- Physical Therapist
- UF Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute
- 3450 Hull Rd
- Gainesville, FL 32607
I have a B.S. in biochemistry from Clemson University which I used to work as a genetic engineer, making e. coli that could produce ethanol from corn cellulose. After realizing bench work wasn't for me I went back to the University of Florida where I obtained my DPT. Afterwards, I completed an orthopedic fellowship at UF Health.
Athletic & Training Background
In high school I played football, basketball, and ran track with some small scholarship opportunities to run the 800m and 400m in college. Once at college I was a sweep rower for three years and boxed for one. Post college I have primarily been a beach volleyball player and powerlifter which is hilarious to type as a combination. I run a gym out of my house for the last five years that is primarily comprised of PTs and orthopedic surgery residents which makes for a great lifting and academic learning experience.
Current Role Working With Athletes
As a clinician I am heavily involved with the athletic population seeing post operative knees, shoulders, and hips. I wrote the current post operative hip labral repair protocol and often teach the hip to the graduate level athletic training students. I work heavily with the UF gymnastics team and less frequently with other sports when spine issues present themselves. I am a part of the running medicine team here as the specialist in tendinopathy and muscle strains.
This is a great question as I do not know anyone has ever made me articulate it before. The crux would have to be we don't know nearly as much as we claim and I am comfortable saying that to patients. My treatment involves getting really good at ruling out the problems that are out of my scope of practice then offering the best, science based treatment I can. Pain is a subjective experience for each patient so if I can change their subjective, I have changed their pain. It's knowing how to address fear avoidance beliefs and change them to hedge towards a positive outcome. I need to make confronters remove the stimulus causing them pain and avoiders realize they are capable of more than what they think they are. At the same time it is not getting hung up on the actual diagnosis if it does not change the treatment as all that does is perpetuate anxiety in the patient.
I believe noncontact injuries are training injuries and a thorough review of the training history is an integral part of the solution. Our primary job is to educate patients and help them better define and achieve their goals.
From a movement dysfunction perspective we have to first define normal which often is a huge range. I do not think the FMS can predict injuries but I do think it can be a common vernacular for different fields to discuss what is going on. I try and refrain from constructing too much of a narrative on the problem as I see it to a patient but realize that, with time, they can become better at whatever sport they participate in. Lately, I've been inclined to pull out the story of Lamar Gant with my athletes with low back pain. With that said, my biochemistry background has afforded me the ability to tear in to the literature on tissue healing and realize that time is an integral variable in the development of a treatment plan. We have not found any method to make collagen produce faster but we do no how to stress tissue to allow itself to heal while creating the most optimum environment.
I tell my patients early on that I am extremely boring therapist because they need to get good at the basics before we are going to go on to anything crazy. We will do drills and lift heavy weights until the drills are natural and the weights are still heavy but there's a lot more on the bar. I also do my best to work around their problem while they heal to allow them to be in a better position as an athlete after working with me than before they were injured.