- Category: Profiles
- Issue: Apr 2014
PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION (PM&R)
Med School/Year Graduated: Mercer University School of Medicine, 2000
Years in Practice: 10
What inspired you to go into physical medicine?
I wanted a specialty where I could truly feel that I make a difference. PM&R allows me to help people regain function and be more active, thus enjoying the activities that make them happy.
Do you have a particular specialty within the field of PM&R?
I specialize in non-operative sports injuries and interventional spinal procedures. Most injuries do not require surgery, which makes proper early treatment and intervention so important.
The field of physiatry grew after World War II with the treatment of wounded soldiers. Is a big part of your practice treating war veterans?
My practice has a share of veterans, though not necessarily due to new injuries. Physiatry continues to be at the forefront, though, in the treatment of our soldiers.
What can people do in their everyday lives to keep their spines healthy?
One thing people should do is be proactive. Staying active, eating right and proper stretching are key to any healthy lifestyle. People should not ignore their injuries or try and treat themselves. I encourage people to seek expert advice and get a proper exam.
What are some of the most common injuries you treat and what can people do to prevent them?
Given the number of golfers, tennis players and just active people in Arizona, shoulder injuries are very common. Proper stretching and strengthening are important. The rotator cuff muscles should not be ignored. Postural training and scapular stabilization are key.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...”
A sports talk radio host. I have a strong interest in all sports, to the point where I feel that I could talk about them all day.