written by: Zanne Lamb-Hunt
Dr. Josh Funk recalls growing up in Germantown, Maryland “in a little bit more strict environment than most people.” His mother was raised by a career military man who retired from the Army as a Colonel. His father was raised by two educators — one had spent time as a Merchant Marine.
His parents were believers in “different season — different sport. I think I played just about every sport under the Sun. There were like nineteen sports growing up!” His siblings are all athletes as well, including his sister who played lacrosse at Ohio State.
Dr. Funk also played lacrosse at Ohio State and was part of an Academic Scholars Program. Following his passion for Health and Wellness, he went on to PT school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He graduated in 2011 and started Rehab 2 Perform in 2014.
What’s offered in this brand new 5000 sq. ft. facility in Frederick? Performance physical therapy that will help you to be your best at work and at play.
What Performance Physical Therapy Can Do For You
* “It’s more than physical therapy. We’re going to take you as high as we can take you and possibly past the level you’ve been at before.”
* Maximizing efficiency when performing work related tasks means:
– It will require less energy. The tasks will be easier to perform. Recovery time is much faster between bouts.
– Avoid straining and stressing your body too much.
– Augment your ability to stay healthy.
* Maximizing efficiency when performing play related activities means:
– Activities will be easier to participate in.
– Increased enjoyment of life by eliminating boundaries.
Discovering His Calling For A Career In PT
In his Sophomore year of college, about half way through the season, Dr. Funk got hit during practice. “My shoulder just blew up — I couldn’t raise it over my head.”
He had a small rotor cuff tear and a torn labrum. He was told that he could finish out the season but he’d be needing surgery at the end of Spring. In getting a second opinion, he got some hopeful news.
The doctor said “I have seen worse shoulders do well with physical therapy.” He had PT for a Summer and hasn’t had any issues since. Dr. Funk already enjoyed being active and working out. “Now I had this rehabilitation — dealing with pain…dealing with limitations. That just took me down this whole path which ended up leading me to wanting to get my clinical doctorate at Maryland.”
Prior to opening Rehab 2 Perform, Dr. Funk worked at two private practice clinics. One was located in Montgomery County and one was in Frederick County. “Both were very, very well run. I think I benefited a ton from being around other people, seeing what worked for them, what I liked and maybe what I didn’t like.”
He then had the notion to do what he hadn’t seen a lot of which was “a hybrid style of wellness clinic.” He continues, “If you were to walk into our facility, it looks more like a gym for at least 60=75% of the place. There’s turf from one wall to the other.”
He describes a layout that includes dumbbells, rings and bumper plates along with standard treatment tables and recovery type modalities. “It’s this hybrid environment.”
The Inspiration Behind Rehab 2 Perform
“The number one risk factor for injury is previous injury. I think that says a lot about the rehabilitation model itself. It says we’re not doing as good of a job as we could be in taking people to a high level of function.
“That’s what we’re able to do in here. We’re able to rehab people. We’re able to deal with pain. We’re able to deal with dysfunction. And, we’re able to go on the other side of the facility and make sure that they are doing things they want to be doing when they leave our office.”
He adds, “There is no drop-off. There is no gap in terms of continuum of care. It took a little while to get to that point but we’re having really good results. In the end, we’re really impacting a lot of people’s quality of life.”
What should you expect on your first visit to Rehab 2 Perform? “When people walk in, we’ll take them through a very thorough head to toe assessment standing on a table — sometimes standing on turf — sometimes doing body weight activities. “We’ll get a big picture of what that person can and can’t do.”
The Biggest Challenge of Entrepreneurship
“Trying to find other people who can help come up with ideas that are better than mine. That ‘group thought’ will allow us to get exactly where I’d like to end up taking the business.
Dr. Funk continues, “Just finding the right people. We’ve been very fortunate. Our team is very good at what they do. Everybody fills roles very well. But, getting back to some of the struggles that I was having at the beginning — honestly, I was trying to do too much.
“I had this idea of the way that things needed to be done. It wasn’t always the best way. We grew much more when I finally found people that were a good fit, that had strengths where I had weaknesses and were better at some things than I was.”
Advice Dr. Funk Would Give Himself If He Could Go Back In Time
“Seek out people who are trying to accomplish similar things to yourself. Whether or not that leads to a mentorship or leads to your team growing, the sooner you surround yourself with people who are on a similar mission as you, the quicker you will grow personally and the quicker your company will grow.”
Dr. Funk recalls what it was like trying to tackle too much by himself at the start. “It was leading me into dead-ends or being too stressed out. Almost being burnt out.
“I wasn’t enjoying the process as much as I am now. Every time somebody new comes on board from a team standpoint, everybody benefits in the company.”
Dr. Funk Knows He’s Making A Difference With Performance PT At Rehab 2 Perform
“Anytime somebody walks through your door and their overall physicality is how they get an income, that says a lot about our environment and the type of service that we provide here. People whose lives are on the line when they go to work.”
That includes professional athletes. Fire fighters. Policemen. SWAT-Teams. “Your physicality needs to be peak.” That includes the psychological aspect, as well.
“When somebody comes to you injured, there’s a psychology to being injured that chips away at your confidence level. Doubting yourself in an environment where your life is going to be on the line is not something that’s going to be positive for anyone.”
Some people are seeking to take less medication and/or avoid surgeries. “We want people to feel like they’re more in control of how they feel, how they move, how they’re performing in daily activities.”
Dr. Funk Shares A Quote From His College Days
[“Live a life worth telling a story about.”]
“That changed my trajectory in terms of how I approach life; how I approach free time. Its just really allowed me to expand my boundaries.”
Are you ready to live that kind of life? Want to change your own trajectory? Are you a professional athlete? A weekend warrior? Somewhere in between? Reach out to Dr. Josh Funk at Rehab 2 Perform to up your performance in both work and play.
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Contents Provided by Frederick Advice Givers Podcast Episode # 071: Eric Verdi Interviews Dr. Josh Funk