Connor Pierce, DPT
Hi there. My name is Connor and I am excited to be a part of the Madden Physical Therapy team.
Here is a little bit about me.
I am married to my amazing wife… who jokingly edited my personal bio, so the previous statement would be the first thing people read. She did it to be funny, but I decided to keep it there, because I do think it is a true statement. Her name is Hannah, and she is a pediatric physical therapist. Fun Fact… we went to undergrad together and then got married after our first year of grad school at Lebanon Valley College.
Funny story- My wife and I met on our first day of college freshman year. We just happened to be assigned to the same group during orientation. When we went around the circle to introduce ourselves, I cracked a lame joke after her introduction to try to make her laugh. It worked so well we didn't start dating for 3 years until our Junior year… but I did get her to laugh! I think it is very important to laugh every day, so I always laugh at my own jokes :). I have been told I have good "Dad jokes", which I'm pretty sure is code for saying that my jokes stink. That's alright though, I just laugh it off. By the way, I am not a Dad yet.
I love pretty much anything that has to do with sports. I love the competitiveness, teamwork, discipline, excitement, and so many other great things that sports bring out in people. I was fortunate to play 2 different sports at Lebanon Valley College: basketball and football. I was also a graduate assistant coach for the football team during my final year of Physical Therapy school. This was an awesome experience, because teaching/coaching is one of my passions.
On the topic of teaching, I help as a teaching assistant for one of the courses at Lebanon Valley College called the Manual Therapy Elective. In this class, I get to teach hands on techniques to students in their final year of PT school, which is a lot of fun. I also help teach for a company called Pearl Institute of Manual Therapy, where I get to go around to other PT clinics and help teach hands on therapy techniques to other physical therapists.
Some hobbies I enjoy outside of the clinic include working out, playing sports, spending time with family, going to church, and learning. I like listening to podcasts and audio books, as well as music. I enjoy reading about different topics in addition to physical therapy. One of my favorite topics to learn about is personal finance. If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!
My PT success story: I knew I wanted to be a PT after injuring my back during my sophomore football season in high school. I was on track for surgery due to a diagnosis of a spondylolisthesis (fracture in my L5 vertebrae). After consulting with 2 different surgeons, they recommended that before going in for surgery, I try PT. At the time I was only 15 years old. After 8 weeks of intense physical therapy I was pain free and was able to play the entire basketball season that same year! Physical therapy helped me to avoid surgery and continue to play the sports that I love. Realizing the impact physical therapy had on my life, I decided I wanted to do the same for other people and chose to pursue a physical therapy degree. Fun fact- To this day, I still perform a lot of those same exercises to maintain my core and low back stability.
I look forward to working with you!