Craig O’Neil is Vice President of Clinical Excellence for Results Physiotherapy. Craig ensures that every patient at each of the Results clinics nationwide is provided with world-class physical therapy. A native of Middle Tennessee, Craig earned his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University in Southern California.
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What initially drew you toward the physical therapy profession?
Watching my grandmother go through multiple joint replacements initially exposed me to PT. Once I pursued it further, I saw the opportunity to combine medicine, teaching and working with my hands to make a meaningful difference in patients lives was clearly the path for me.
In 2004, you continued your education by becoming a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and five years later earned your Doctorate of Manual Therapy. What motivated you to further your education in the field?
I found that I did not have the high level skillset that I needed to most effectively treat the variety of patients that were entrusting me with their care. I have always believed that if you are going to do anything in life, do it to the top of your ability and surround yourself with people who are masters at what they do.
How does Results Physiotherapy differ from a traditional physical therapy practice?
We are dedicated to providing world-class care for every patient, every visit. Each PT that joins us goes through a structured three year manual therapy training and mentoring program to ensure their skills are at the highest level possible. Not only are we committed to training our new PT’s at such a high level, we also provide our senior PT’s with ongoing training from therapists, researchers and thought leaders from around the world. Our treatment approach is based around the needs and concerns of the patient allowing us to integrate both the physical and psychosocial aspects of best in class care.
In your experience, what sports/activities are the hardest on a person’s body?
Really, inactivity is harder on a person’s body than anything else. Our bodies begin to degenerate quickly with a sedentary lifestyle such as too much TV, computers or desk time. We are made to move, breathe hard and perform physical activity on a regular basis. We also know that simply doing any regular exercise 30 minutes a day drastically reduces the need for many medications and medical treatments.
What is your favorite way to stay in shape?
Almost anything outside, but mainly riding bicycles, both road and mountain bikes, and working in the yard.
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