The Knowbodies Podcast

Know. Your. Body. We are two physical therapists passionate about creating a more informed and healthier society through speaking with leading minds in the worlds of health, fitness, and self-development. The goal is to tackle any and all subjects relating to the most dynamic organism on the planet: the human body.
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Nov 14, 2016

In this roundtable discussion, The Knowbodies reflect on our recent podcast with Dr. Erin Williams-Hatala on the evolutionary significance of the human hand and how specific adaptations may have paved the way for the development of the modern human. Among other tangents, the conversation covers thoughts on common pathologies related to recent technology trends, self- assessment to prevent overuse injury, and sneak peaks into some upcoming interview candidates.

Nov 9, 2016

In this episode, the Knowbodies learn about neurological therapy and how it breaks the mold from the conventional thoughts of physical therapy. Where does neuro-therapy fit in to the rehab process and what sorts of patients can best utilize this sort of therapy?



Mike shares with us some stories of his unique relationships with patients that are coping with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. 

“Community-based” therapy settings have grown into a large part of the medical management for progressive neurological conditions. These communal activities not only tackle patient impairments and goal setting head on, but also provide patients with a support system and resources for sharing their experiences that have proven to be effective for helping patient cope with the disease process. The knowbodies push the issue of how a physical therapist can act as a conduit for connecting patients with resources and compatible social networks in order to improve their experience and mental constitution.

Mike is an accredited clinician of LSVT BIG, a dedicated exercise program designed to maximize the functional movement potential of patients with parkinsonian symptoms by emphasizing large and exaggerated movements in an organized protocol. This program helps to counter the common symptom progression of many patients and allows them to maintain active lifestyles and continue to enjoy physical pastimes.

Because of the emerging evidence, community outreach, and increasing access to information for patients, neurological therapies are one of the fastest growing fields of healthcare. As the complex healthcare system continues to evolve with our aging population, neuro- therapy offers endless options to enhance patient care and develop creative outlets for aspiring therapists interested in combatting neurological movement disorders and becoming a part of the neuro- community!

Mike's Self-Written Bio:

Graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a BS in rehab science and Certificate in Pathokinesiology. Continued On the DPT curriculum at Chatham University graduating in 2012. From undergraduate studies through PT school I worked as a rehabilitation aide in a variety of healthcare settings which is what really sparked my interests in musculoskeletal and neurological physical therapy. I began as a float physical therapist with a local outpatient company and within the company I began to see the influx of neurological patients that were not receiving neurological geared treatment. I was able to initiate community based educational sessions for the neurological population and subsequently  an opportunity arose for me to switch gears and accept a position with a local hospital-based outpatient facility. Here I was able to expand my knowledge and treatment styles with musculoskeletal and neurological clients. Over the course of the first year, I became more interested with the neurological facet and started to reach out to this population and helped initiate some great programs for individuals with neurological impairment.  Now, over 2 years later, I am seeing roughly a 60-40 neuromuscular to musculoskeletal client ratio which has been exciting and beneficial to those in the area of our facility. 


Mike’s contact info:



Nov 2, 2016

In this episode with Dr. Hauser we discuss the following subjects:

  • What are dry eyes? Who has it and why? What are signs and symptoms?
  • Is poorer eye health preventable or treatable?
  • How you can help your eye’s performance in a blink of an eye
  • What risks we can manage in day to day living to give our eyes a break, even when their closed
  • The effects of contacts on our eyes health
  • How to manage the good and bad days to keep a passion project moving in the right direction

Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry.

Prior to joining the SCO faculty, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director for an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. During her ten years of practice, she not only served the needs of patients but also acted as research coordinator. Dr. Hauser co-authored several articles with a focus on the management and treatment of Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Hauser acted as adjunct faculty member at Southern College of Optometry from 2008-2013. Her areas of professional interest include Dry Eye Disease, surgical co-management, anterior segment disease and ocular nutrition.

Oct 26, 2016

Have you ever wondered what really happens when you "crack" your knuckles, back, or neck? We brought in special guest, Dr. Jeff Moore, PT, who teaches fellow physical therapists how to manipulate, or "crack", the spine. In this episode he breaks down:

  • What is going on when our spine "cracks"?
  • Does the sound matter?
  • Is cracking our knuckles, back, or neck a bad thing?
  • Cracking necks can affect headaches???
  • Why does it matter if someone else cracks my spine when I can do it myself?
  • Jeff's personal insights and the drive behind his infectious passion for reducing individuals' pain and disability 
Oct 21, 2016

The third installment to our mini series on leadership entails an awesome video chat between the Knowbodies and Gene Shirokobrod. What a great experience it was to have a down to earth conversation with a guy who has carved such a prolific path on social media and motivated us to share his work.

Bio: Dr. Gene Shirokobrod is a physical therapist guided by entrepreneurial passion. He is the CEO of Verve LLC, who along with his business partner Corey Fleischer, developed and created arc. In 2014, arc was successfully funded on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising over $30k in 40 days. After the launch of arc, Dr. Gene and Corey had the great experience of auditioning for Shark Tank. They made it through round 1 and being called to move on to round 2.

While working as a full time clinician, Dr. Gene started a podcast called Therapy Insiders. What started out as a fun hobby, quickly grew into a serious endeavor. Therapy Insiders steadily gained listeners and followers, eventually reaching #1 Medical Podcast on iTunes. Due to the success of Therapy Insiders, Dr. Gene co-founded UpDoc Media, a company focused on producing high quality custom content and digital marketing for healthcare companies. UpDoc media launched with 4 podcasts, focusing on business, fitness, running and of course medicine. UpDoc media is focused on providing "content you NEED to know, that is delivered with clinical precision."

Dr. Shirokobrod is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, which is also where he received his doctorate degree. When not focusing on growing his companies, he is chasing his son Aaron (toddler) with the help of his wife Jaimie.

Oct 19, 2016

“Greg Todd is the co-owner of Renewal Rehabilitation in Wesley Chapel and Hyde Park. He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, and received his strength and conditioning certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2000. He has over 15 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy. Greg is a board certified orthopedic certified specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association, and has served as the official physical therapist for Saddlebrook Tennis and Golf Resorts for the past 10 years. He also works as a consultant for professional tennis players on the ATP and WTA tour. Greg is also an avid runner, and has completed four marathons, seven half-marathons, and numerous 5k races.


Check out the following sample topics of our amazing discussion with Greg


Part 1:

Introduction with the one and only Greg Todd: A PT, entrepreneur, consultant, teacher and family man who has created a unique and envious lifestyle, and whose willing to help others earn theirs.


The driving factors to initiate self-improvement and what it takes to create a truly autonomous career.


The real story of starting out as a clinician and the transformation of going from an ambitious new grad to a business owner.


Greg shares his passion for PT and describes how he found his purpose in the field.


A day in the life of a successful clinic owner and the impact you can have on a community even when you’re not treating.


Mentorship: when, where, and how to find it and how to maximize your potential by using this underutilized resource.


Taking a step back and looking at PT as an experience and not just a visit with another healthcare provider.

Greg identifies what he thinks is the #1 factor to help someone improve their health that so many practitioners seem to be missing. He also dishes up advice to get this aspect of our practice back on track.


Vision, hearing or speaking? Greg offers his perspective on what makes him a better clinician based on just one of these forms of communication.


Part 2:

The hypothetical Greg Todd school of PT: What are the most important things that Greg would jam into a school curriculum to better prepare new grads for their careers. He defines marketing, specialization and business management practices and why we need to expand our understanding of these subjects to thrive.


Greg comments on what has changed in the healthcare and PT market in the past 15 years and shares what influences will continue to mold the landscape for the PT field.


The importance of being a good role model: What’s easy and difficult about maintaining a positive image and Greg’s personal experience establishing himself under the microscope.


Exercise is important and there’s no refuting the evidence supporting its use. What skills should a PT have to maximize their role as a proponent for exercise?


Self-reflection: What should a new or seasoned PT ponder in order to be happy? “Who do you want to serve?”


PLEASE check out Gregg’s amazing content on the following platforms. Subscribe, watch, read and absorb what he has to offer. – Consulting and practice website including blogs, videos and podcasts and products.

@gregtoddPT for twitter, instagram

gtpt77 for snapchat – several great online courses

smart success PT – seasonal courses for continued and new education

youtube channel which several HUNDRED videos:



Oct 17, 2016

Meet Dr. Andrew Rothschild, PT, DPT. Andrew is a 2006 graduate of VCU’s Medical College of Virginia with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008 and received his manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2010. He went on to complete Manual Therapy Residency and Fellowship training through the Ola Grimsby institute in 2011 and 2012 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2013.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Are we in the patient service or customer service business?
  • Keys to successful customer service in a healthcare field
  • The role of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in practice
  • How Andrew sees the future of healthcare shifting in the next 5 to 10 years
  • Personal Development and why it is critical for everyone
Oct 10, 2016

This week's guest is Mike Eseinhart, PT. Eric and Nick had the incredibly chance to sit down in person with Mike while he was stopping through Pittsburgh. We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Mike one-on-one and learn from his passionate views on health and wellness.

You can follow Mike on Twitter here: @mikeeisenhart and here: @FreeTheYoke - You can also learn more about Mike's company Pro-Activity Associates through their website here: Pro-Activity Associates and through Twitter here: @Pro_Activity

Who is Mike Eisenhart, PT? A lot of people in the physical therapy world will already know the answer to that question. If you are new to hearing about Mike, here is a glimpse of his biography from his company's website:

"Mike Eisenhart is a leader in the physical therapy profession having held posts at the local, state and national levels for the American Physical Therapy association, the nation’s largest professional association for physical therapists including the role of President of the association’s NJ chapter from 2015 to 2017. In addition, as one of the profession’s top innovators, formally recognized in 2013 for work done on Pro-Activity’s Prevention Model, which he pioneered initially in 1999, Mike has written extensively ranging from blogs and trade journals to more formal peer-reviewed publications. His most recent formal work was the chapter “Work Injury Prevention and Management: The Role of the Physical Therapist in Injury Reduction/Prevention and Workforce Wellness” in 2014, on behalf of the national Orthopedic Section of the APTA."

Here are a sample of the questions we dive into in this episode:

  • Introduction of Mike Eisenhart, Co-owner of Pro-activity Associates, President of APTA NJ division, resounding activist for the progression of physical therapy
  • How does Pro-activity approach patient care in ways that traditional Physical therapy/ fitness coaching do not?
  • What barriers must the entrepreneur observe and overcome when considering starting their own business?
  • What resources did Mike utilize when learning to run his company and some of Mike’s best recommendations for our listeners.
  • “The patient experience” as described my Mike and understanding personal health as an asset and not for granted.
  • Classical business marketing vs. promoting your brand through results and self-evaluation.
  • #Freetheyoke What is the message and what can we do to promote the mission to change healthcare and re-visit the contemporary perception of chronic disease.
Sep 30, 2016

With the Ryder Cup happening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to have a conversation about the world's most insufferable game, golf. We love golf. We are terrible at playing it, but we still love to get out there and play, even if we have to curse our way through 18 holes. All that joy and frustration got us thinking: Will Tiger Woods win another major? What are the most common injuries that plague golfers? What can the casual golfer do to keep from getting injured? 

The answers to our questions were graciously answered by our guest this week, Golf Physical Therapist, Ian Manning.  Ian is the owner of Orthocore Physical Therapy in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to treat golf related injuries and to improve golf performance. He also is certified to use Dry Needling in his practice and during this episode, Ian gives us a little history about Dry Needling as well as the process he goes through to determine if someone would benefit from it. 

Here is some of Ian's background and training, taken from his Orthocore Physical Therapy wesbite:

Ian Manning graduated with his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2004. Ian has always worked with orthopedic based injuries. Starting in school with his co-op/clinical rotations leading into his professional career as a PT. He is constantly working to continue his education through course work and staying current with research. Ian is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to treat golf related injuries and to improve golf performance. Please visit our Golf Performance and Rehabilitation section for more information.

Follow Ian on his various social media platforms:

Twitter: @ManningGolfPT

Facebook: Orthocore Physical Therapy

LinkedIn: Ian Manning, PT

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Sep 18, 2016

This week we sat down with Ben Musholt, a physical therapist by trade, parkour athlete when not working, former America Ninja Warrior participant, and author of Parkour Strength Training: Overcome Obstacles for Fun and Fitness and Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia: The World's Largest Illustrated Exercise Encyclopedia.

In this episode we tackle a lot, including:

  • Ben's background as a physical therapist and his childhood as a "constant mover"
  • Why we should all continue to "play" as we age
  • Ben's thoughts on why we as a society "workout" inside now, instead of "play" outside
  • Ben's definition of parkour and his perspective on the role of functional movement across the lifespan
  • Twitter follower questions, including Ben's 5 favorite bodyweight exercises, how to treat hypo- and hyper-mobile patients, and how to get clients with chronic pain past their fear of movement
  • Ben's advice for his younger self and for people starting out in their careers
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