Therapy Insiders Podcast

You may be asking yourself…..”self, what insider information could I possibly want or need regarding physical therapy, sports medicine, rehabilitation and medicine.” Well, very good question. There is a ton of information regarding treatment techniques, philosophies, and medicine. But how do you separate the fluff from useful relevant information? Our mission is to gain inside(r) input and perspective on all the information floating around from the experts and then dissect it…figuratively. We will present each of these topics and more in an objective way, and then pick them apart to get to the core of what is useful in the clinical setting. We have several prominent guests lined up for interviews to help shed light on various therapeutic topics ranging from joint manipulations, functional training, business ownership while being a clinician, sports rehab and much more. We cover Physical Therapy (PT), Manual therapy, rehab, sports medicine, business practice, and many more topics. Show hosted by Gene Shirokobrod PT, DPT, OMPT, Joe Palmer PT, DPT, OMPT, CSCS and Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FMT, FAAOMPT
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Aug 10, 2018

Stress is a natural part of life. It's neither good or bad. It simply is. Too much or too little stress can be veer into good or bad.

In particular, too much stress can become a serious health issue. We all experience stress and yet some of us are better than others at dealing with it.

Even more so, at channeling it into high productivity. How is that done? Through internal systems.

On this episode of Therapy Insiders podcast, we, along with Dr. John Rusin, go over our stress management systemization strategies. 

Tune in!

May 17, 2018

Being an entrepreneur is a series of violent collisions.

It's not like running a marathon. Entrepreneurship is a violent sport.

Welcome back to the latest episode of Therapy Insiders podcast LIVE. On this new format we answer your questions LIVE as well as cover some topics we see as relevant. On this episode we go over business, entrepreneurship and your questions on selling pain science to other medical professionals.

May 10, 2018

The only way to grow is by continuing to learn. 

How do you decide which is the best option for continued learning?

Continuing education (con-ed) is a necessity. You need to do it to maintain your license. You need to do it to maintain your skillset. You need to do it to simply keep up. How do you choose which con-ed courses to attend? They are often expensive, require travel and integration. Listen in for the answers. 

What do you do when a patient presents with cervicogenic dizziness? How do you go about addressing the problem? How do you keep the patient comfortable? Answers in the podcast. 

Is CashPT better than traditional PT? Is spending MORE time with someone equal to spending BETTER time with them? Is there any data to show that more time is better time? Discussion in the podcast. 


May 2, 2018

There are certain inevitabilities in business. The one that most (if not all) can agree upon is failure. 

At some point in your business you will fail. For most of us it happens daily. It's akin to baseball. If you hit .300 you are considered an All-star. That means failing 70% of the time puts you in an exclusively, highly successful group. 

We embrace failure for what it is, a critical learning experience. We hope you do as well. Some lessons are tougher than others. In this episode, we share a couple stories that exemplify these concepts.

Then we discuss a dangerous tunnel visioned dilemma that experts run in to. It's dangerous because you may not even know it's happening until too late. Find out what the dilemma is and how to avoid it!


Apr 23, 2018

Physical therapy continues to grow and evolve. So must Therapy Insiders podcast. We've recorded over 120 episodes over 5 years. We've had amazing conversations and discussions. It's time to switch things up! 

Welcome to a new season of Therapy Insiders podcast from UpDoc Media. Tune in to hear what this season has in-store!


Feb 20, 2018

It's been a 40 year process for physical therapy and FINALLY the Therapy Cap is NO MORE.

What is the history of the Therapy Cap?

More importantly what is the future of physical therapy now that the cap is repealed?

What will we focus our collective resources on in order to grow?

Listen to APTA CEO Justin Moore:
  • breakdown the history of the therapy cap
  • explain the timeline
  • discuss a vision for future physical therapy lobbying


Feb 1, 2018

You wake up. Get out of bed. Get dressed. Brush your teeth. Maybe eat some breakfast. Maybe drink some coffee. Then off to work. How much of your day is optimized vs reacted to? 

Have you considered--What is an optimal day for YOU?

What if you could take breaks to drastically improve performance at work?

What if you knew when to do creative work vs drudge work?

What if you had a better handle of how to maximize your day?

Timing is everything. 

Learn why!

That's precisely what Daniel Pink breaks down in his new book 

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

On this podcast Dan explains the background of his research for the book as well as some details on what makes an effective day. 

Want to read the book? Grab it on amazon NOW!

Jan 22, 2018

This may be the most important episode of Therapy Insiders podcast we've ever recorded. 


You are young, healthy and hitting your professional stride.

Everything is going great. 

Then you start to get tired. A little too often. 

It's probably normal, you've been working a lot. Maybe you need a break.

You take a break, and nothing changes. In fact it get's worse. Then you start having some stomach issues.

Ok, time to go see a doctor. It's just a precaution.

The phone rings. 

Everything changes. 


This is what Ben Sergeant is going through. 

Listen to his story now on Therapy Insiders Podcast. 

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Dec 30, 2017

Physical Therapy Podcast Worlds Collide

4 people. 2 podcasts. Many, many tangents. 

When you have a long running podcast, such as Therapy Insiders, we often get asked about other podcasts in the physical therapy space. While we keep a pulse on the entire industry (see: top 40 influencers), we don't necessarily listen to every podcast in the industry. One of the podcasts we do keep regular in our podcast playlist is PT Pintcast. So it only made sense to get the host and founder, Jimmy McKay, on Therapy Insiders to talk about...well...everything.

Jimmy has an interesting career origin story. A unique perspective as a podcast host, new grad physical therapist and an advocate for doing good. 

Let's jump right in with the last 2017 episode of Therapy Insiders podcast from UpDoc Media

Special thank you to WebPT for their continued support of Therapy Insiders podcast. They have been an incredible resource and friends from the very start. 

Dec 22, 2017

What is the relationship really like between someone in pain and the clinician that helps them? 

As with any relationship, it takes time to find the right one. Sometimes.

In the case of Brian Carroll, it took almost stepping away from his career and passion of powerlifting to finally find the right clinician to help him. 

The result? A story that goes from near despair to path of happiness. 

In the end, it was a gift of injury that brought two people together that ultimately changed both their lives. For the better. 

Oct 9, 2017

The business of physical therapy is ripe with opportunity.

The most successful people under the nuance of thoughts.

It's ok to be in the grey area.

You have to go into business for the right reasons!

what is your fear?

Therapy Insiders Podcast is proud to be sponsored by WebPT!

WebPT recently conducted an industry survey of thousands of rehab therapy professionals across a wide variety of settings, specialties, and geographic regions. This data is eye opening and very telling. We discussed some critical points on a previous episode of Therapy Insiders with Heidi Jannenga. For the full data set click the image below!

About Steve from: 

Steve Anderson is the former CEO of Therapeutic Associates, a physical therapy practice with more than 80 outpatient clinics in Washington, Oregon and Idaho that also serves as a major hospital contract in Southern California. Therapeutic Associates was formed in 1952, and Steve was only the 3rd CEO and held that position for 19 years, beginning in 1998 after 16 years with the company.

As a physical therapist, Steve started his career in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. In 1983 he opened the first Therapeutic Associates clinic in the state of Washington in West Seattle. As the owner and director of West Seattle Physical Therapy for 16 years, Steve was elected by his peers to become the CEO of Therapeutic Associates in 1998. 

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Steve is also active in national organizations related to physical therapy, including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and as a Board of Trustee for The Foundation for Physical Therapy. He also served as the President of The Private Practice Section of APTA for 6 years between 2002 and 2008. He received his section’s most prestigious award, the Robert G. Dicus Service Award, in 2010.

Steve received the APTA Leadership Advocacy Award in 2006 for his efforts in Washington D.C. and Washington State in the legislative arena. In 2012 Steve received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Northwestern University Physical Therapy School. In 2016 Steve was awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by PTWA, the APTA chapter for the state of Washington.

Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University. He went onto physical therapy school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has been a physical therapist for 37 years and worked for Therapeutic Associates until the end of 2016. In addition to his duties with Orange Dot Consulting, he also serves as a Senior Healthcare Advisor for VGM Advantage. He resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sharon.

Sep 22, 2017

Is a physical therapist destined to reactively help people? Or, is there a way for physical therapists to use their skill set to do more. Go bigger? In a word, yes. In more words? Listen to this episode with Jeff Moore and Mike Eisenhart.

Sep 6, 2017

WebPT is leading the way in using data to progress physical therapy forward.

It’s time to use data to better connect physical therapists with their communities at scale.

Therapy Insiders Podcast Episode Summary:

Dr. Heidi Jannenga returns to Therapy Insiders podcast to discuss the results of a comprehensive survey conducted by WebPT. We break down a few interesting results which may or may not be surprising to you. Tune in!

Aug 21, 2017

Richard Morris saw a huge opportunity. Richard was at his friends physical therapy practice receiving treatment, when he realized how many patients were overweight. Now, this was not shocking news to Richard, who along with is partner and friend Chris Powell (star of ABC's popular Extreme Weight Loss Tv show), were already helping people in Arizona. No, the opportunity was in the fact that physical therapists spend significantly more time with their patients than other healthcare professionals. How did Richard and team proceed? Listen to find out. 

Aug 7, 2017

Dr. Ryan Smith is the COO of Recharge|HoCo CrossFit in Ellicott City Maryland. Recharge integrates physical therapy, CrossFit and Mindfulness coaching. How did Ryan go from being a physical therapy student to a solo small business owner to a COO of a investor backed company in less that 14 months? Find out on this episode of Therapy Insiders podcast from UpDoc Media!

Jun 29, 2017

"We need to start working together."

"There is enough growth for everyone by helping others."

"You are your own client"


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About Dr. John Rusin from

Dr. John Rusin on Therapy Insiders podcastDr. John Rusin is one of the leading pioneers in the development and implementation of the hybrid model of strength and conditioning based physical therapists in the fitness industry and rehabilitative based medical communities worldwide.

His innovative vision for the future of elite level sports performance physical therapy and injury prevention based training protocols are highlighted by the synergy of high-performance strength and hypertrophy programming with a cutting-edge, pain-free training methodologies, are revolutionizing the way his athletes and clients look, feel, function and perform.

With more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, Dr. Rusin has developed performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world’s best strength, power, and endurance athletes. Dr. Rusin’s present and past client list include MLB All-Stars, NFL All-Pros, Olympic Gold, Bronze and Silver Medalists, World-Record-Holding Powerlifters, Elite Bodybuilders and Figure Competitors, All-World IronMan Triathletes, and top professional athletes from eight of the major American professional sports leagues.

Dr. Rusin is an internationally recognized strength coach, speaker, and writer, whose work has been popularized throughout the sports performance and fitness industries in some of the most prestigious media outlets in our industry such as Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Stack Magazine, and Muscle&Strength, to name a few. In the last two years, Dr. Rusin’s most innovative work has been published in the online magazine Testosterone Nation, which has generated more than a million readers to Dr. Rusin’s hybrid physical therapy based articles in the process. In 2015, Dr. Rusin authored and published over 140 articles in the industry, focused on injury prevention and hybrid training methodologies.

Through the course of his career, Dr. Rusin has been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Active Release Techniques, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Dry Needling and the Functional Movement Systems, where he has worked directly with the special populations unit and consulted as a movement specialist to aid in the programming and recruitment of hybrid strength coaches and physical therapists who believe and thrive in a multi-discilinary model.

 Dr. Rusin is the owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems, an online fitness platform geared toward synergizing the best of high-performance training and intelligently designed physiotherapy and regeneration programming to athletes and clients across the world. Dr. Rusin’s website,, was named Breaking Muscle’s 2015 Fitness Website of the Year, and continues to grow and gain traction in the fitness industry as a go-to resource for strength coaches, personal trainers, and rehabilitation professionals with it’s science backed and gym tested articles and media.

In addition to Dr. Rusin’s work in sports performance and physical training, he is also is the owner of Dr. John Rusin Physical Therapy, a hybrid sports performance physical therapy practice, located in Madison, Wisconsin. In office, Dr. Rusin has been able to develop and perfect his game-changing coaching and training methodologies and assessment protocols that he teaches to coaches and therapists in seminars and mentorships throughout North America. Dr. Rusin has battle tested his techniques over the years in office and in the gym with impressively diverse athletic population whose focus is training and performing at a world class level while minimizing risks of injuries and creating career longevity to any sport or activity.

For more about Dr. John Rusin and his work, check out his website, and stay current with Dr. Rusin on social media: Facebook PageTwitterYouTube, and Instagram

Jun 15, 2017

Do you know how to connect with your audience? Do you know how to grow an audience? Learn how to scale your message with Dr. Jen Esquer or better know to some as @docjenfit on Instagram. Jen joined us on Therapy Insiders Podcast to discuss her story. 

Apr 24, 2017

“We hark on evidence based and we hark on following data and data has shown that women are as good and in most cases better leaders than men but we are still entrenched in more traditional mindset of leadership.”

In this episode, we discuss:

-Why are women not thought of as leaders in the physical therapy profession?

-Creative solutions for hiring the best fit for your company's culture

-Enhancing the female voice through amplification

-How to grow an audience with solid content and consistency

-Strategies to overcome imposter syndrome and how to foster an environment for vulnerability

-And so much more!

Therapy Insiders Podcast is proud to be sponsored by WebPT!

Have you had the deductible talk with a patient yet? Yea, chances are you have. It’s a difficult conversation to navigate. Would you like to learn how to tackle it head on and improve the persons understanding in such a way that it helps everyone? Have you had issues collecting payments from patients with high-deductibles? Obviously, there are many issues with high-deductible insurance plans. Check out this FREE webinar, Suppressing Sticker Shock by Heidi Jannenga, President of WebPT and Nancy Ham, CEO of WebPT! Heidi and Nancy address the aforementioned questions and help explain strategies to handle patients with high-deductible plans. You don’t want to miss it!


Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, MS from 

Karen Litzy on Therapy Insiders podcastDr. Litzy is currently the owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC, a concierge physical therapy practice in New York City, where she sees clients in their home, gym or office. Aside from
physical therapy clients she also sees clients for wellness training, surgical packages and golf fitness evaluations. She is on the board of directors for the non-profit Physical Therapy Business Alliance and part of the PT Day of Service team. Dr. Litzy consults with physical therapy colleagues on how to start and maintain a successful out of network physical therapy practice.

Physical therapy is an ever evolving practice and for me, a personal journey. That’s why I’m committed to staying at the forefront of the industry. Through continuing education and my practice, I work to enrich myself so I can impart to others the true value of physical therapy. My mission is to show people how physical therapy can improve their lives. This is what drives me to help my clients attain their own goals and for myself to build upon the work of those who have helped lead the way.

Apr 17, 2017

"We have an opportunity, we need to embrace it."

"That was slap in the face Jackass moment."

"It's about collaborative care, not silo'd care."

"We can set a new normal."

Article referenced: What I Learned at HIMSS: PTs Are Health Care’s Forgotten Provider

Therapy Insiders Podcast is proud to be sponsored by WebPT!

Have you had the deductible talk with a patient yet? Yea, chances are you have. It’s a difficult conversation to navigate. Would you like to learn how to tackle it head on and improve the persons understanding in such a way that it helps everyone? Have you had issues collecting payments from patients with high-deductibles? Obviously, there are many issues with high-deductible insurance plans. Check out this FREE webinar, Suppressing Sticker Shock by Heidi Jannenga, President of WebPT and Nancy Ham, CEO of WebPT! Heidi and Nancy address the aforementioned questions and help explain strategies to handle patients with high-deductible plans. You don’t want to miss it!


About Heidi from

  • Picture of Heidi JannengaHeidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/LPresident and Co-Founder As president and co-founder, Heidi leads WebPT’s product vision, company culture, and branding efforts, while advocating for the physical therapy profession on a national scale. She co-founded WebPT after recognizing the need for a more sophisticated industry-specific EMR platform and has since guided the company through exponential growth, while garnering national recognition. Heidi brings with her more than 15 years of experience as a physical therapist and multi-clinic site director as well as a passion for healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.An active member of the sports and private practice sections of the APTA, Heidi advocates for independent rehab therapy businesses, speaks as a subject-matter expert at industry conferences and events, and participates in local and national technology, entrepreneurship, and women-in-leadership seminars. In 2014, Heidi was appointed to the PT-PAC Board of Trustees. She also serves as a mentor to physical therapy students and local entrepreneurs and leverages her platform to promote the importance of diversity, company culture, and overall business acumen for private practice rehab therapy professionals. In 2015, Heidi was named the AzPTA's Physical Therapist of the Year.

    Heidi was a collegiate basketball player at the University of California, Davis, and remains a lifelong fan of the Aggies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and exercise physiology, went on to earn her master’s degree in physical therapy at the Institute of Physical Therapy in St. Augustine, Florida, and obtained her doctorate of physical therapy through Evidence in Motion. When she’s not enjoying time with her daughter Ava, Heidi is perfecting her Spanish, practicing yoga, or hiking one of her favorite Phoenix trails.

Apr 6, 2017

"Exercise is one of the only evidence based things thats good for everything."

"End of the day the clients success is the most important thing."

"This isn't a massage parlor."

"We are all here to help people."

Therapy Insiders Podcast is proud to be sponsored by WebPT!

Have you had the deductible talk with a patient yet? Yea, chances are you have. It's a difficult conversation to navigate. Would you like to learn how to tackle it head on and improve the persons understanding in such a way that it helps everyone? Have you had issues collecting payments from patients with high-deductibles? Obviously, there are many issues with high-deductible insurance plans. Check out this FREE webinar, Suppressing Sticker Shock by Heidi Jannenga, President of WebPT and Nancy Ham, CEO of WebPT! Heidi and Nancy address the aforementioned questions and help explain strategies to handle patients with high-deductible plans. You don't want to miss it!




About Matthew from


I consider myself a lifelong student of the field. In my decade of experience, I've had the privilege of working with thousands of clients and athletes in the private sector and in the team atmosphere. It has become my personal mission to help the fields of strength and conditioning and sports rehabilitation grow as much as possible through my coaching, my voice, and my content.

 My ultimate goal is to consistently provide simple information that is digestible to the masses. Intelligent movement, strength, and performance should be no secret—this information should be shared through the proper avenues to help promote physical strength development in training and to help reduce the rate of injury in performance. This is what drives me.


Throughout my career, I've worked with members from professional organizations in the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB. Additionally, I've had the pleasure of working with the general population from all walks of life, including the likes of powerlifters, Olympic weightlifters, CrossFit athletes, marathon runners, and triathletes.

Working with healthy and injured athletes alike in both training and treatment, I've also been utilized regularly as a consultant with sports teams, collegiate athletic programs, and corporate companies. Most importantly, I view human connection, effective communication, and complete individualization as the most powerful coaching tools, regardless of service.


I place a strong emphasis on personal growth and continued education, in order to better serve the individuals I work with. Primarily, I focus on a movement-based approach through progressive strength development and technical skill acquisition. I am a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston where I obtained my Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise and Health Sciences, and the Cortiva Institute where I obtained my License in Manual Therapy.

As someone who stresses the value of walking the walk alongside my athletes and clients, it's important for me to consistently work on my own physical preparation as well. My most recent athletic endeavors have taken place on the powerlifting platform with competition bests of 385 squat, 285 bench press, and 465 deadlift.


My work has been published and featured in Men's Fitness, STACK, The Personal Trainer Development Center, The CrossFit Journal, Juggernaut Training Systems, UpDoc Media, Sports Rehab Expert, Boston Magazine, and Breaking Muscle.

 As a public speaker, I have been provided with opportunities to present at EXOS at Google Headquarters, The Micheli Center, NEHRSA, along with several Strength & Conditioning facilities and Exercise Physiology/Doctor of Physical Therapy academic programs. The Hip Hinge 101 Workshop, which I co-teach alongside Dr. Zak Gabor, has been presented in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, and Vermont.

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach, Boston Underground Strength Training

  • Licensed Manual Therapist, Boston Physical Therapy & Wellness

  • Provider, Clinical Athlete


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

—Theodore Roosevelt


  • April 9, 2017 — Hip Hinge 101 Workshop — Spartan Fitness 360-CrossFit Thermopylae, Middletown, RI

  • April 29, 2017 — Hip Hinge 101 Workshop — Next Level Strength and Conditioning, Fairport, NY

  • May 27, 2017 — Hip Hinge 101 Workshop — Active Lab / Active Performance Chiropractic, Broomfield, CO

  • October 15, 2017 — Clinical Athlete Boston Workshop — Springfield College, Springfield, MA

  • October 22, 2017 — Hip Hinge 101 Workshop — CrossFit Threshold Training, Burlington, VT

Mar 21, 2017

"Don't ever try to convince somebody."

"It's not pain science. It's just science."

"I don't care if my patients don't get better."

"Some disorders don't respond to physical therapy."
"We often forget these people we accuse of secondary gain have primary loses."

Therapy Insiders Podcast is proudly sponsored by:

WEBPT sponsoring Therapy Insiders Podcast

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Mar 14, 2017

"You need to embrace the process."

"When you don't know what you're doing you end up over selling."

"There's a difference between apprenticeship and mentorship."

"I was ready to leave the profession all together after my first year."
"There is an optimal process to becoming good in anything."

Therapy Insiders Podcast is proudly sponsored by:

WEBPT sponsoring Therapy Insiders Podcast


From ACA reform to MIPS, health care is changing fast. Make sure you're prepared for every regulatory storm. Watch our free webinar, Cloudy with a Chance of Reform: 2017 Trends That Will Impact Your Rehab Therapy Practice. In this presentation, expert hosts Dr. Heidi Jannenga and Nancy Ham outline impending healthcare changes and explain how they'll impact rehab therapists. Check it out now at



About Don from:

Dr. Reagan graduated magna cum laude with his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree with an emphasis in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine where he was awarded the “Professional Promise Award”. Previously, he graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Liberty University. He interned with the Naval Medical Center of San Diego specializing in vestibular rehabilitation of the tactical athlete as well as Duke Sports Medicine while assisting with the athletic development of collegiate athletes.

Don he has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2008 from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He is currently an instructor for Functional Movement Systems (FMS) and was most recently an Adjunct Professor of Strength and Conditioning at Liberty University and Master Instructor for Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI). He has presented at the state and national levels on the synthesis of movement based rehabilitation and performance enhancement. He has competed in Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting.

Don volunteers with the SPORT Foundation assisting with sports medicine coverage to local high school athletic events within Pittsylvania County as an Emergency Responder.

Don and his family are delighted to join the community of Chatham VA!

Feb 14, 2017

"You have to speak the language."

"Many physical therapists put up their guard."

"Most people are in dire need of enhancement of their physical fitness."

"We have to battle test this stuff. We have to see if its warranted with the research."
"It's infotainment"

About John from


My name is Dr. John Rusin, and I’m not your run of the mill physical therapist.

 After first mastering my craft as a traditional and hardcore strength & conditioning coach, I have transitioned my practice into the field of sports performance physical therapy. I now live and breathe all aspects of human performance, creating life-altering programs for an impressive and diverse clientele. My single-minded goal is to bridge the ever-growing gap between high-performance strength and conditioning and cutting-edge rehabilitation methodology for both elite strength athletes and amateur fitness fanatics.

In a fitness culture full of downright dangerous and misleading information, I bring over a decade of high-level training experience along with advanced degrees in both Exercise Science and Physical Therapy to create the ultimate result oriented programming for my clients. This synergy of academia and in-field training experience sets the tone for intelligently designed approaches to fitness and performance.

From NFL and MLB athletes to competitive powerlifters and bodybuilders, I have developed recovery, regeneration, and prehab-rehab programs for some of the world’s best power athletes.

Dr. John Rusin on Therapy Insiders podcastMy game changing ideas that have been directly perfected over the years with thousands of my current and former patients and clients have caught the attention of the most innovative and impactful fitness media outlets in the world. Along with teaching these methods internationally, I have published over 30 professional articles that have left their stamp on an industry in dire need of a change for the greater good.

All that being said, I am most proud of having played a key roll in keeping my clients and readers performing at the brink of their physical limits. Everyday I strive to give my absolute and unconditional best to better my clients, my community and the fitness industry as a whole, one success story at a time.

Intersted in working with Dr. John Rusin? Check out...

Jan 30, 2017

"Function is that which is purposeful for the individual."

"Most people are held hostage by mythology."

"Many people have misconceptions about what pain is."

"I find it ludicrous that pain science people speak like they live in a bubble."
"I'm a skeptic with myself."

About Dr. Liebenson from

Dr. Liebenson is the Director of L.A. Sports & Spine a pain management, rehabilitation & performance enhancement center providing one on one musculoskeletal care. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth Australia and consultant for the  the Anglo-European Chiropratic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R  Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

Dr. Liebenson is the first health care provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He is actively engaged in ongoing research on the spinal stabilization system as a Visiting Scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. He began studying with both Dr. Karel Lewit and Pr Vladimir Janda beginning in 1987 and began hosting Pavel Kolar’s programs in the late 1990’s.

Dr. Liebenson publishes extensively and is the editor of  the book/DVD Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practioner’s Manual (2nd ed), 2007, DVD series Yoga & Ergonomics; Core Stability Training; & Functional-Performance Training and the The Functional Training Handbook (2014). He has had books published into Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. He worked as team chiropractor for the N.B.A. Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-2009, consulted with the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks, N.F.L. Seattle Seahawks, and Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group. He serves on the Advisory Council for Equinox worldwide luxury fitness gyms.





Jan 23, 2017

"I didn't learn anything strength and conditioning in school."


"Everyone has a certain level of progression they need to go through."


"We do a really good job addressing the acute need."

"There's lots of ways to get buy-in and keep that buy-in."
"There needs to be integration."
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