ANDREW PHYSICAL THERAPY • McMINNVILLE, OREGON • SUCCESS STORIES

SUCCESS STORIES

This section is dedicated to you! Physical Therapist John Andrew loves his job because each day he is inspired by people who work so hard to get back to doing the things that they love. This ranges from work to recreational activities. It is John's hope that this section helps to motivate and inspire you to get back to the activities you love, too!



BACK ON THE WATER

This local dentist does more than work on teeth! During the week he can help keep his patients smiling, but on the weekends this Doctor of Dentistry can be found slicing and dicing the water behind a ski boat!

Due to a shoulder injury, the doctor was unable to water ski. With a properly stuctured rehabilation program and a lot of hard work, he was able to return to his passion on the water.

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RETURN TO THE MAT

Alec Ortiz underwent ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee surgery which could have slowed him down. But with the proper rehab program and a lot of hard work, he made a great recovery.

Today Alec is consistently ranked in the top wrestling standings in Oregon and also at a national level. Alec is achieving greater success now than before his injury! Way to go Alec!

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FULLBACK IS BACK

You would never know by looking at the photo (at right) that the young man carrying the ball, mowing over his opponents, had to recover from a shoulder injury to play in his remaining championship games.

A commitment by the player along with help from the staff at Andrew Physical Therapy got this fullback back where he belongs: on the field!

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THE COURT IS CALLING

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THERAPIST WALKS THE TALK

My intention here is not to brag but merely to encourage you along your journey of exercise, fitness, weight loss and health.

About 6 years ago I lost around 80 lbs. Like many significantly overweight people, I started out at a normal weight. While I was in college, however, the years crept by and unfortunately so did the pounds around my abdomen. Unlike high school when I was active in football, wrestling and track each I didn't fully understand how all this activity helped to burn those calories and keep my weight down. Throughout my years of college I slowly put on weight until I reached my highest weight of 230 lbs (picture at left). Ouch! At this weight I was tired, frustrated and a bit desperate. Often I would come home from work and be so tired that it was hard to get much done unless it was on a weekend. Like many of my other family members I was on my way to Type II diabetes and I could feel it.

So I decided to make a LIFESTYLE change. This change included a balanced diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, non-fat and low-fat dairy products and lean protein (chicken, fish and occasionally lean beef). I steered clear of pre-made and boxed foods ("heat and eats") and moved towards whole foods as much as possible (like having an apple instead of apple pie). My efforts also included weight training and aerobic exercise. Through these simple yet profound changes I was able to reduce myself from 230 pounds down to a lean 150 pounds. Even better than the weight loss was the increased energy that I now had for my family, patients and friends. It truly transformed my life and gave me back the confidence that I needed to move ahead with dreams that I had placed on the back burner for years. It is almost amazing how success breeds more success!

To help reach my weight loss goal I set a goal of entering a bodybuilding contest. Although I have no professional aspirations as a bodybuilder, picking that goal did help to motivate the process. It was nice to get an unexpected first place in the 2005 Oregon IronMan BodyBuilding Contest but it was even better to finally be healthy and happy again!

Know that if I can do it, so can you! I hope my story also gives you confidence in me-- that if I know how to make the process work, I can point you in the right direction, too! I am here to help!



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