As we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know our therapists here at THRIVE.
This week, we sit down with Brandon Alkire, Thrive’s newest Doctor of Physical Therapy. Brandon has an extensive background in Strength & Conditioning as well as Nutrition and Exercise Science before earning his Doctorate. He lives in the Tallahassee area with his beautiful wife and three adorable daughters. Read on for our "interview" with Dr. Brandon:
Why did you become a PT?
As a strength coach and personal trainer, I had the pleasure of working with clients that had complex medical histories. I noticed that many of them were getting better through the exercises programs, but something was missing. My path to being a PT was for them, in order to better understand and serve my clients.
What steps did you take to make your PT career happen?
After my Bachelors in Nutrition and Exercises Science, I became a Strength Coach and Personal trainer for roughly 8 years before I went back to school for my DPT.
What were some of the jobs you had before you started your physical therapy career?
Supplements Department Manager at New Leaf Market, Personal Trainer, Strength Coach, Martial Arts Instructor
What is your favorite part about being a PT?
Giving people hope that there are better days ahead.
What are some of the job’s biggest challenges?
Knowing that I can’t fix everything despite my best efforts.
How do you make certain that you are kept up-to-date on new research for PT practices?
Subscription to Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy; Continuing Education courses from some of the leading researchers in the Physical Therapy World
What were/are some of your favorite continuing education courses?
Explain Pain, Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment
What is one interesting fact most of our readers/patients may not know about you?
I teach the Brazilian Martial Art Capoeira.
Favorite Color: black
Favorite Drink: Old Chub
Favorite Food: Ceviche or sushi and anything on a Pretzel Roll
Favorite Exercise/Activity: Snowboarding/Skurfing and running Tough Mudders
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere in the mountain west
Favorite Time Of Year: Winter
Morning Person or Night Owl? Night Owl
“No matter how good you are, you will always have at least one weakness that must be consistently confronted, trained, polished and reevaluated. The true champion will spend more time working on weaknesses than showing off strength.” Gray Cook
“Ad astra per aspera” – Latin Phrase meaning “through hardships to the stars”