What's your role at Beatty Harris Sports Medicine and how do you help support our clients and patients?
I am a physician with Beatty Harris Sports Medicine. I see patients in our Cherry Hill and Newtown Square locations. I provide care for patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. I am experienced in musculoskeletal ultrasound and US-guided joint injections. Some of my areas of interest within sports medicine include running medicine, throwing athletes, and lifestyle medicine.
What’s your greatest moment — whether in work, school, business — so far?
I am going to go with a recent moment: finishing my sports medicine fellowship. The road to becoming a sports medicine doctor is long and challenging. Between college, medical school, internship, residency, and fellowship, it is a 12-13 year journey. I’m proud of what I have accomplished and excited to be starting a career in sports medicine.
What's your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is helping patients get back to the sports and activities that they love. As an athlete myself, I know how frustrating it can be when an injury is preventing someone from participating or performing up to their capabilities. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a patient return to or exceed their level of function after an injury.
What was the moment when you decided being a sports medicine physician was your calling?
It’s a little cliché, but there was an "aha" moment that I remember distinctly. I attended a lecture, during my first year of medical school, given by a sports medicine physician who had worked with the Phillies and USA Olympic wrestling.
I always had a love for musculoskeletal medicine and for sports/active lifestyles, but prior to that lecture, I didn’t know that non-surgical sports medicine doctors existed or that I could make it my career. I left that lecture knowing that non-surgical sports medicine was exactly what I was going to do.
How is this experience different from any other sports medicine physician experience you have had?
I feel beyond lucky to be a part of the Beatty Harris Sports Medicine team for so many reasons. The main reason is that we are dedicated to practicing medicine with dignity and compassion. We are able to spend time with our patients. The patient isn’t going to have the typical experience of a doctor rushing in and out of the room in less than 5 minutes. At BHSM we take the time to get to know our patients on a personal level and truly provide holistic and individualized care. It is not uncommon for a patient to spend 30-60 minutes face to face with a physician.
What motivates you in life?
One of my favorite quotes is by Nick Offerman:
“Always maintain the attitude of a student. If you think you’ve done learning, bitterness sets in, but if you have more to achieve every day, in any arena, that makes each morning’s awakening full of potential and cheery portent.”
I always strive to, every day, learn something new, improve, and be a better doctor and person.
Who do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram and why?
Some of my favorite accounts follow on Instagram are The Rock, Rich Roll, and lots of local dog rescues (the puppy pictures always make my day).
Where can someone find you on a day you're not at the clinic?
My family would definitely describe me as a man with many hobbies. But a perfect day off would involve some sort of physical activity (running, cycling, golf) and time spent with family. The thing that people would be most surprised by is that I do woodworking and have a fully functioning woodshop.
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
Tough to pick the best but the two books on my nightstand currently are Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty and The Plant-Based Athlete by Matt Frazier & Robert Cheeke.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
My dog Jackson. I rescued him two years ago. He is my best friend. We enjoy runs/walks around town, playing fetch, and snuggling up on the couch watching Netflix or sporting events. Meet Jackson below!