PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO
Ryan’s story begins when he was eight years old and he went golfing with his dad for the first time. He quickly fell in love with this strange, new activity while hitting old, beat-up golf balls into the outfield of an unused baseball field. From then on, he considered himself a golfer. He went on to play on his middle and high school teams and competed in several regional and state tournaments.
Always one for trying new activities, Ryan decided in high school that he would join the cross-country team with some friends of his. This quickly became his second passion, and Ryan soon was found either on the golf course or deep in the woods on a trail run. His passion for these two sports continued during his college career at the University of Florida.
One summer, as Ryan was attempting to ramp up his training volume, he began to experience debilitating knee pain. When he went to the family orthopedist, he was told he needed surgery on his 19-year-old knee and would never run the same again. Crushed, Ryan returned to school that fall not knowing what to do, for it seemed like his running days were over. Eventually, he decided to see a running specialist orthopedist back in Gainesville, FL, was diagnosed with a very treatable knee condition and was referred to physical therapy. This is when his life course changed for good. Upon meeting his physical therapist, Scott, who just happened to be the running expert at the clinic, Ryan decided that this was the career for him. He changed his major to exercise physiology and never looked back.
Ryan then received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Florida, and took an interest in both the golfing and running populations. He also received a certification in strength and conditioning from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Now, Ryan is still an avid golfer, runner and weightlifter. Ryan has played nearly every sport he can access and has competed in adventure races, golf, cycling, spikeball, disc golf, marathon, half marathon, 5ks and 10ks.
Ryan loves blending strength and conditioning into both the golfing and running realms and believes there is much to be gained from both sides with this combination. He believes that in order to treat an injured body part, one must treat the person as a whole. Injuries do not exist in a vacuum, and humans are complex beings.
Ryan brings a diverse portfolio of experience and leadership to every client. He has been treating as an outpatient physical therapist in Atlanta since 2015 and has worked with a variety of people from all walks of life. He has had extensive leadership training and has served as a clinic director as well. He has learned from some of the best minds in running and endurance athlete treatment and is continually updating his trade. He has training in dry needling and advanced spinal manipulation techniques from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Additionally, he has taken and passed Titleist Performance Institute’s Level 1 certification course, which investigates the body-swing connection and how physical limitations or abilities directly impact one’s golf swing. He uses his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist training daily for his own programming and that of his clients. He has trained in CrossFit, Olympic lifting, running and cycling throughout the past 10 years.
Ryan lives with his wife Erika in Atlanta and is looking to continue adventuring and trying new things while bringing true healing to those in his community.
Ryan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-Orthopedic Section