Like some, I didn’t know what physical therapy was until I was in my teens. At the young age of 15, I injured my ankle. This injury led to years of chronic ankle injuries due to the lack of proper rehabilitation. Due to the constant ankle injuries, my ability to lead an active lifestyle and play sports was affected. I did not know that physical therapy could have helped me regain my strength and return to playing basketball at a high level. Instead, I went on with chronic injuries hoping it would all eventually heal on its own.
It wasn’t until college that I first learned about physical therapy. It was in my years in college that I developed a passion for a career in helping others that would afford them the opportunity to live pain-free and not experience chronic injuries like myself. Physical therapy has proven through the years to promote physical function and daily physical activities specific to a patient’s needs. Through my eight years of school I am proud to say that I have become a musculoskeletal expert, a movement specialist and a cost-effective way to help people get better. My education has taught me how to tailor my plan of care to specific needs of my patients and better help them return to their prior activity levels.
The Cultural Experience
Growing up as a student athlete, as a son and a brother I strived to never disappoint. I remember once questioning my abilities on the basketball court so much that I approached my coach in an attempt to quit the team. He said to me “you quit now, you’re a quitter your whole life.” To this day, I never realized how much these words would guide my life. Everything I have ever started from that day forward, I have finished and never quit. In an effort to continue growing, I attended college and physical therapy school. Through those eight years I faced adversity many times, but never quit. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I learned more about soccer athletes and the sport itself; I participated in a medical mission trip to Guatemala City; attended a clinical rotation in Memphis, Tennessee, and had another clinical rotation at a hospital in Umbertide, Italy. I sought out these different opportunities away from home in order to become more diverse with treatment options and become more culturally competent in the process. This has allowed me to better understand people and their needs in order to provide the best possible care. I am a lifelong learner and will continue to learn more about physical therapy by pursuing a manual therapy certification, a dry needling certification and much more. I have strived to be a great student, a great brother, a great son and will continue to be a great therapist.
Serving My Community
I have lived in San Antonio since 2009 and have always sought out opportunities to serve in the community. I have helped different non-profit organizations such as Haven for Hope, Habitat for Humanity and St. Peter St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.
Not only do I look for opportunities to serve my local community as a citizen of San Antonio, but as a citizen of the world. Physical therapy is a service that should be available to all people; therefore I have made it my mission to help out locally and in the underserved areas of the world.
- Licensure in Physical: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
- DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
- BS: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX
- Member: American Physical Therapy Association