Certification in Physical Therapy

Could you briefly list off your certifications in physical therapy and in strength and conditioning cause a lot of the students are trying to decide where they need to go with that type of credentialing.

I think it’s important that when you finish your bachelor’s degree then you have some sort of certification or license and you feel connected to a profession or a demographic. For me it was important to get my CSCS certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which I have since served as the chair of sports medicine special interest group. I have got my CSCS, which I think is one of the more challenging fitness designations to get as is requires a bachelor’s degree and it was also my passion, strength sports and weight training, then went to DPT school, got my license as a physical therapist and that’s really it as far as on paper, on the credential, clinical instructor for physical therapy, takes courses in manual therapy and dry needling. But in general, I still consider myself to be a generalist and although it’s not on paper. Finding a mentor was the best choice I could have ever made for my professional development and how I look at problem solving of clients and practicing physical therapy so finding a mentor, that was really important for me and I need to find someone that also respected strength and conditioning as much as I did and that I was willing to submit myself to and my mentor was a great mentor for that and he still is.