Joel is a native Vermonter, originally from Richford and now currently living in Georgia with his wife and 2 boys (11 and 13 yo). In the community, he is active in coaching soccer and basketball. He remains active with running, hiking, and outdoor recreation as much as possible during all of Vermont’s seasons!
Joel is a graduate of Castleton State College with a BS in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training in 1998 as well as the University of Delaware with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy completed in 2003. He is also a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has primarily worked in private practice, outpatient physical therapy, starting his career in AZ after graduate school and then returning to VT. He has worked across the age spectrum and levels of activity from youth athletes to collegiate and some professional athletes. Sports and Orthopedic rehab are his primary areas of practice. He has held leadership positions in many clinics including: Clinic Director, Director of Sports Medicine Outreach, Board of Directors, Clinical Instructor, and Practice Co-Owner. Joel also works with staff Athletic Trainers as a Sports rehab consultant and assists with Sports Medicine coverage as needed.
In addition to being active professionally, Joel has served on the Special Olympics Vermont Board of Directors and currently is the Co-Director of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes FUNfitness directive. In this capacity, he is able to coordinate with Special Olympics VT, University of Vermont DPT students and staff, and other PTs across the state to oversee fitness screening processes for Special Olympics VT athletes. This initiative is to facilitate healthy, active decisions for Special Olympics athletes for wellness and performance as well as being able to address any physical impairments discovered during the screening process.
Joel is a full-time clinical PT currently. Besides working with patients daily, he has a passion for clinical education and really enjoys his role as a mentor to other colleagues, instructing DPT students during their clinical experiences, and conducting Journal Clubs and clinical meetings in his current position to continue to grow personally and share knowledge with other clinical staff. He is currently working on finishing his Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy as well.