Get to Know Your Physical Therapist, John Nunez!May 31, 2020
How We Are Failing Our Female AthletesJune 13, 2020
Wow, thank you to everyone who has spent their time reading about all of us these last 3 weeks. I am the least comfortable with this week’s since it is about me. I would like to take a second before you start to say that when I first started Feldman PT & Performance, I didn’t know where the business would go, but I am so glad that it has given me the opportunity to work with such amazing teammates as John and Ashley!
Justin Feldman, PT, DPT
Where Did You Grow Up – Lagrangeville, NY
First Injury You Can Remember – Well the first injury I remember was when I was 13 and had some vague stomach pain. Man, we tried everything to get that to go away, and eventually when they took out my appendix it did. The first sports-related injury I can remember was in middle school and had really bad knee pain while running. Looking back I’m not quite sure what was going on, but I can’t tell you how many times when working with young athletes I cringe when I think about the exercises I was told to do. Straight leg raises, with ankle weights, and all sorts of stuff that we now know are not that helpful. The really crazy thing is that at that time, they were thought to be very helpful. The other crazy part is that it got better!
What Made You Want To Become a PT – I have a few stories for this, first my mother had a few knee surgeries when I was growing up and I remember going with her to PT and thinking it seemed like a great way to spend the day. They all seemed happy, and they got to tell my mom what to do, what could be better. As I got older and got more into sports, it was clear that I was never going to be a professional athlete, but PT seemed like a great way to stay involved with sports forever.
Other Professions You Would Choose If Not PT – I really love technology, I know nothing about computer programming, but would love to be able to do that and learn to write code. I also really wish I was more creative, I love creating video and digital content for Feldman PT. I would enjoy being able to do that for other businesses, but with both of those, I would lose my mind being at a desk all day. Beyond that, I’m sure no one would be surprised to know that I’d love to spend my days working on the ski patrol if PT wasn’t an option.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you- I have webbed toes on my right foot
Actor You Would Like To Play You On SNL – I feel like I have to go with Will Farrell, he’s a classic, and John stole my other choices last week.
Favorite Sport To Watch On TV That You Never Played- I really enjoy watching the biathlon in the winter Olympics. To be able to x-country ski and then shoot that accurately is amazing! Ice hockey is another sport that is a lot of fun to watch that I never got to play.
Guilty Pleasure- I’m a big fan of silly police drama TV shows.
Sport You Think Would Give You The Best Chance Of Making The Olympics- Cross Country Skiing
What Is Your Favorite Way To Exercise- Swimming! Swimming was really the first sport I ever competed in. I played soccer and baseball as a kid, but to be honest, I wasn’t really helping either of my teams much by being there. Swimming was the first sport I excelled in, and to this day, I love just getting into a pool and swimming laps.
Least Favorite Food – I have an odd disdain for cucumbers. The funniest part about this is that Hayden and Madison love them.
Favorite Breakfast Food – Pancakes!
Place You Want To Visit That You Have Never Been To – Patagonia
Hardest Class You Took In PT School – Pulmonary
Highest Altitude You Have Ever Been To – I had to look back at all the places I’ve gone skiing, I think it was 12,060 in Winter Park, Colorado.
First Job – Lifeguard
Favorite Part About Being a PT – I think that my favorite part of being a PT is working with people who thought they couldn’t be helped, and seeing them make gains and achieve stuff they didn’t think was possible. Seeing people regain a belief in themselves is really powerful.