Updated: Apr 20, 2019
The team is small, but growing! This is a bio about Hanna, the founder of OTB Physical Therapy. You can also read the bios under the Team OTB page on the website.
Hi Everyone!! Hanna here! I wanted to make a blog post to give you a small look into my background, and why I created Out of the Box. Out of the Box is driven by my passion to help others create the best versions of themselves. Whether that is improving performance in a sport, building up the confidence to try a new activity, recovering and rehabilitating from all types of surgeries and injuries, or maintaining a certain level of health to be able to do what you love!
I strive to provide the most up to date and supported clinical treatment to my patients through continuing education and research. Being able to combine my two loves of sports & fitness and the human body, inside of an awesome training facility has been the greatest gift!
I define Out of the Box as involving a variety of aspects leading to novel ideas and solutions. I believe each person is unique, therefore requiring a personalized treatment plan developed from the broad spectrum within the physical therapy scope of practice, along with the knowledge of other healthcare and fitness professionals.
My bio on the website gives you some more information about my athletic background. In short, being a club swimmer year-round, on top of playing seasonal sports, gave me my fare share of injuries and set backs. In fact, it cut my college swimming career short, and it took me years of recovery and soul searching to finally get back to just moving, and eventually back into the world of fitness and athletics. I not only attribute my "come back" to physical therapy, but found other outlets of mental and physical recovery through yoga, hiking, and meditation. While this route worked for me and will work for some of you, it won't for others. I am dedicated to help each of you find your own path that will lead you to your goals.
I received my doctorate from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. On top of holding my physical therapy license, I also am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Since graduating, I have taken continuing education courses in:
- Graston Technique
- Active Release Techniques
- McKenze Method
- RockTape FMT
- Functional Movement Screen
- Y Balance Test
- mobility|WOD movement & mobility
- & more!!
Currently, most of my fitness is focused through CrossFit, and I just dipped my toes into the triathlon world last year. I got into CrossFit while in graduate school, thanks to one of my best friends. It satiates my competitive personality and keeps my interest as the workouts are ever changing and a lot fun! (It's also awesome to feel strong by performing empowering movements!!)
As an athlete, I still experience aches and pains, which are normal to have, but should not be ignored! Don't wait for a blowout that sidelines you from doing what you love. Get to the mechanic when your check engine light goes on, not when your engine blows, leaving you stranding on the side of the highway.
So come by and say hi! I'd love to get to know you.