Physical Therapist Assistant
Mike was born in Newport News, Virginia. Growing up he played baseball, soccer, and wrestled. During his first year in high school, he developed knee pain and went to physical therapy. It was at this time he thought the physical therapy profession seemed like a fun way to make a living. The care he received from his physical therapist helped him get better and return to the field of play. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University in 2005. While at James Madison, he worked as a Student Assistant with the Strength and Conditioning Department from 2004-2005 earning the Student Assistant of the Year Award in 2005. Following his graduation from James Madison, he served as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Christopher Newport University from 2005-2006. From there, Mike moved on to work for the local government sector serving as the Senior Fitness Trainer for James City County from 2006-2016 and Parks Supervisor for Warhill Sports Complex from 2016-2017.
During the time he worked with James City County, his father underwent two hip replacements, which sparked his interest in physical therapy once again. He saw that with physical therapy his father was able to regain a normal lifestyle and he felt the calling to help others do the same. At this point in his life, he decided to go back to school at the Medical Careers Institute for an Associates Degree of Applied Science, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2018. During his school affiliations, he realized that he enjoyed working with all types of patient populations.
Mike is a competitive person by nature, but his philosophy is to keep things light and fun when treating patients. He feels that humor can go a long way on the road to recovery, while focusing on educating patients and getting them to feel better.
In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with friends, reading, hiking, and working out.