Ashley: I know working out is a priority for you, has it always been?
Josh: I have always been into lifting weights; however, the past couple of years I have focused more on cardio and particularly what I was putting into my body. I started to eat more high protein foods and limit my carbohydrate and fat intake, and the results started to show. I drank tons of water and got plenty of rest, which is the key in my opinion.
A: All of us that work here love to eat and it seems like we often talk about food! Do you like to cook?
J: I enjoy grilling food such as steaks, burgers, and long smokes for pork such as pork ribs and pork shoulders. I would say I am more of a griller than a cook!
A: Why did you choose Physical Therapy as a career?
J: I was born with a condition in my right hip that limited blood supply to the joint, thereby resulting in pain and weakness and eventually arthritis. I was required to wear an abduction brace and attend physical therapy on a regular basis when I was eight years old. I gained a great appreciation for physical therapy at an early age, and that is why I chose it as my career.
A: That explains why you are so patient with people here who are going through similar situations.
I know you are a golfer, right? Did your hip issues affect you choosing golf as a sport?
J: Yes, I started playing golf at the age of 6, but I didn't really have a serious interest until I was about 14. That was when I realized I was not good enough to play certain sports, and my doctor said I would not be able to play basketball or baseball. So I decided on golf, and I practiced every day at Quail Ridge Golf course near my home in Bartlett. I made my high school team at Bartlett High School, and eventually earned a scholarship to play golf at UT Martin.
A: What's on your bucket list?
J: To attend the Masters!
A: How did you end up working here at The Smith Clinic?
J: I was a student here on my last rotation for PTA school, and was offered a job while I was here.
It was an easy transition and easy decision for me as everyone here is great!