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101: Rehab & Performance Specialist- Dr. Anthony Harrell (Full Transcript)



Jey (00:09.116)

And welcome in to another episode of the Young Dad podcast. I'm super excited for today's episode. It's been more than a month in the making, I think. Waiting for this guy's busy schedule to clear up. But when you're a doctor and a coach and a dad and a husband, you're kind of busy. So I totally understand it. I get it. Dr. Anthony Harrell, welcome on to the podcast today. Super excited to have you. You're a trained physical therapist, also a personal trainer.

Anthony (00:33.617)

Thank you.

Jey (00:38.62)

you deal with so many different issues, but you also no longer work in common practice, correct? You do your own thing, you do your own kind of ideas, which are definitely against the grain of the physical therapy world, where it's just to get people well enough, not for them to have sustained wellness. So I love what you do. I love how you do it. I love what you're doing. So go ahead and tell us a little bit about you.

Anthony (00:45.425)

Correct.

Jey (01:07.942)

uh your practices and just about you as a person in general.

Anthony (01:13.585)

Awesome, yeah, thank you. Glad to be here talking with you this morning. So my name's Anthony. I am a licensed physical therapist out in California. I was practicing physical therapy since about 2016. I've been involved in the health and wellness space though since about 2012, maybe a little bit before that as a trainer. So lots of experience.

I've gone everything from sports medicine to neurological rehabilitation on the physical therapy side, all the way to personal training for weight loss to performance for tactical athletes like firefighters, law enforcement, that type of thing. And it's been really fun. I'm excited to get in on the entrepreneurial journey, which I've been doing for a couple of years now. And just seeing where that takes me. I've chosen that mostly to initially was to get more time with my

my family. And as you as you probably understand and know the chasing entrepreneurial things actually can take a lot of time away from the family if you let it so it's been a it's been a juggling act but it's totally worth it. Everything's been worth it.

Jey (02:20.412)

Definitely.

Jey (02:24.828)

Definitely. No, I love that. So a little bit about what you do is you do health you fitness and health for athletic and motivated people You kind of have a special interest or I guess not kind of you have a special interest in mental health and men's health in general But you serve all populations you offer remote trainings and rehab consultation. So

How did you get on the path of sports therapy? Obviously, you did your undergrad probably in like biology or like exercise physiology. And then you went the PT route then after. So kind of how did you get into your practice of physical therapy? And then why did you get out of it to start an entrepreneurial journey?

Anthony (03:07.793)

Yeah, so yeah, I went and got my bachelor's in kinesiology and then went to, yeah, you were right there actually. And then I went to UC San Francisco for my physical therapy degree. Initially, I went into the rehab world because I had a background in sports, played baseball and football growing up. I was doing really well in baseball in high school and then I had a pretty big injury. I separated the ligaments in my shoulder.

Jey (03:12.764)

Okay. I was so close. I was so close.

Anthony (03:37.541)

had some concussions and that was kind of that. So big change of course for what I thought I was gonna do initially. Everybody has that dream of either being an astronaut or a sports star or something like that when you're young and that didn't happen.

Jey (03:49.18)

I had the same dream. I had the same dream. I damaged my elbow pretty badly. First year of college, I was playing D3 baseball and it was significant UCL injury and I didn't, it was like, well, you can stay here, but we're going to yank your ship and we're going to, you're not going to be able to really rehab here because you're not going to be on the team technically. And.

Anthony (04:03.793)

Yeah.

Anthony (04:15.505)

Man, that's tough.

Jey (04:16.06)

It was just like, well, then I'm just, I guess I'm done. I guess I'm done. Cause I don't, I don't, I don't really have another option right now, but no, I get that. It's could have gone pro, you know, I would have gone bro.

Anthony (04:20.561)

Yeah.

Anthony (04:27.057)

Yeah, yeah, absolutely. Absolutely, no, I feel you on that. And so you understand the love of the game and all that. And that's exactly what drove me to the rehab side. Like I wanted to help other people. And so I did become a physical therapist and I learned quickly though that things like insurance dictates plans of care. I learned quickly that, you know, when you might go to like a...

Jey (04:34.244)

Mm -hmm.

Anthony (04:52.945)

what calls itself like a sports medicine clinic that you probably are seeing 90 % of people that aren't actually involved in sports at all. And so it was a little bit of a wake up call, you know, like not that there's anything wrong with seeing people outside of the sports realm, but my impression going in was, you know, I'm going to be the next physical therapist for, you know, the San Francisco Giants at the time or the Dodgers, you know, and it's just, it doesn't work out quite that easy. And so I got a little impatient with life and I said, you know, I could use a little change.

And so I started exploring other options, something that was going on at the same time that I was working in these sports and orthopedic clinics. I was seeing like a lot of men coming in my age or at the time a little older than me. So early thirties at the time and they were having issues, you know, with like stress management, which was turning into like pain in their body. They were having issues with like performance, just operating day to day.

And I was like, wow, what's going on? And I started realizing like a lot of people by the time they got into the physical therapy clinic were just so deconditioned, so stressed out, so not feeling connected to the world around them that they were coming in and the pain usually was a sign of something else. And that being just overworked, under slept, drinking too much, not hydrated enough, going out too much.

And I was like, wow, all these health factors coming in. And I was like, maybe I should explore something up the line a little bit. And so I looked into that a little bit more and realized like, hey, I should pick up my personal training again, talk to people about, you know, prevention, if you will. And I've been kind of running with that ever since and figuring out the path that I've wanted to take with that, which also has a story in itself, if you want to hear it. Yeah.