I’ve worked with thousands of patients over the past 20 years as a Physical Therapist and acupuncturist to help people understand and heal the root cause so they can live the life they want to live.
My mission is to help people get through their physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual barriers so they can get back to living the life they were meant or want to live.
I knew since high school that I wanted to help people get back to doing what they love to do. I remember being in the Physical Therapist’s office and watching my friend take his first steps after an ACL repair. I remember seeing the look of elation on his face as he took his first steps after surgery. I knew right then that was what I wanted to do for people. I also spent enough time in the training room with my own injuries being a three sport athlete in high school. As I look back on it, many of the injuries were related but were never put together.
During my senior year of high school, I had my second concussion playing football. I saw my grades go from “A’s” to “C’s” and even a “D” on a midterm. Math and science problems that used to be easy for me before the concussions now perplexed me, I had no idea how to start them. It slowly got better over the weeks but then during diving season I had another concussion. The tissue around my brain was tight from the previous injuries and then with the twisting and flipping during diving, the tissue kept getting tighter and tighter until one day I was standing on the diving board and I was very dizzy. I went to a neurologist and he said that I shouldn’t do any sports for 6 months and if I were his child, no sports for the rest of my life. My dad and I left that appointment looking for a different opinion since baseball was starting in two months and that was my favorite and best sport! I went to a cranial sacral therapist and within two and a half weeks I was back to diving without any problems. They helped decrease the tissue tension on the brain. That was when I realized there was more than just traditional physical therapy.
I went to school at the University of Vermont and earned my Physical Therapy degree. While in school I had and observed more injuries that seemed like they were taking too much time to heal. I suffered from plantar fasciitis, shin splints, pulled hamstrings, strained back, and a partial tear in the labrum of my shoulder. These experiences increased my desire to find faster and more effective ways to treat these injuries then just hot and cold contrast baths. During my senior year, my uncle was suffering from a neck injury he had sustained during the Vietnam war. He had a neck fusion at the time of the injury and had broken through it. He then had a second neck fusion but his neck was still pulling forward so strongly that the screws in the bone were pulling out. This goes to show you that the body will do whatever it has to do to keep you safe. Basically the strain in the carotid arteries in his neck were so severe that his body pulled the neck forward to take some strain off of them. The only problem was the neck fusion was trying to keep the neck straight. It is a great example of how the medical field thought they were doing the right thing by keeping the neck straight but it was actually creating more problems for the body! Anyway, my uncle was in extreme pain and the traditional Physical Therapy he was doing was not helping. He could barely get out of bed. He then went to the manual therapy clinic that eventually trained me. It took some time, but eventually he got his life back and did the carpentry work at his home and returned to hunting. He told me I had to come see what these therapist were doing so I went to visit him during a therapy session. During that session, I was showed one technique to release the hamstring tension. I held the technique for about 2 minutes. His straight leg raise (where you lie on your back and lift one leg up towards the ceiling) improved from about 40 degrees of movement or not quite half way up, to just about 90 degrees or straight up and down. The therapist asked me how long it would have taken me to stretch him that far, and I told him I never would have increased the range of motion that much. The therapist then asked me, “Then why do you stretch people?” I didn’t have a good answer for him and I was hooked. I took three classes during my senior year of college and started working for that company right out of school.
I trained very hard with the developers of Integrative Manual Therapy to learn as much of the manual therapy techniques as I could. I took about 30 classes each of the first two years out of college to get up to speed. I earned my Certification of Integrative Manual Therapy and opened a clinic for CenterIMT in New Jersey which I ran for 5 years.
I loved the work I was doing and had fantastic results, but I felt there was still a piece missing that would help some people get better faster. I started researching other disciplines and came across Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I moved out to California to start Acupuncture school. I learned about balance in life, how real healing comes from your lifestyle, not a short term diet or exercise. I learned how to use herbs to help the body function better so you don’t have to take medicine or herbs for the rest of your life.
Since getting my Master’s in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I opened up my business called Physiopuncture where I have been combining my knowledge of Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Acupuncture. I have also cofounded the seminar company “Coastal Seminar” to teach the manual therapy work to others.