I was born and raised in Southern California. I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where I was also a member of the intercollegiate soccer team. After graduating from CSUN, I moved to Colorado to enjoy the great outdoors while completing the prerequisite courses for physical therapy school. Two years later, I moved to Boston, where I completed my master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1999.
In 1999, I moved back to Colorado, where I developed my clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics specializing in pain management and rehabilitation of the spine. While in Colorado, I owned a successful outpatient clinic for eight years. In 2013, I sold the clinic and moved to Upstate New York with my wife and twin children to be closer to family. Upon arrival in New York, I worked as the Director of Rehabilitation at an integrated sports medicine and orthopedics clinic.
In 2017, I fulfilled a long-term goal of transitioning to teaching the next generation of leaders in the physical therapy profession at Ithaca College. At the same time, I enrolled in a Doctor of Education Program with a teaching and learning specialization. My mission is to teach in a way that goes beyond memorizing facts so that students will be able to apply what they learn and become expert physical therapists.
I have continued to remain active in the clinic by working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic during the summer, Cayuga Medical Center on the weekends, and the OT/PT Clinic on the Ithaca College campus. I also serve as a mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and Spine Fellowship Program at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.