Employee Spotlight: Meet Connor

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Connor

Connor grew up in West Des Moines and attended Valley High School, graduating in 2011. Afterward, he attended the University of Iowa. Even though he started off undecided on his major, he always knew physical therapy was a possibility. Many become interested in physical therapy due to their past experiences. While he never required outpatient physical therapy himself, when he was young, an aunt suffered severe injuries stemming from a car accident and was not given a good prognosis to function independently for the remainder of her life. Through hard work in therapy and prayer, his aunt has been able to be fully independent, physically and mentally. From that instance, the power of what physical therapy can do for helping people get back to what they love to do in life was very apparent. Combining that experience, a desire to help others and wanting to incorporate an active lifestyle were some of the key aspects that led him to choose physical therapy. Connor also volunteered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where the physical therapy department affirmed physical therapy was the right path for him.

 

After graduating from Iowa, he went back home to attend Des Moines University for physical therapy education. During his final year of PT school, he was fortunate enough to accept a job offer to work at Core’s West Des Moines office. Following graduation, he started at Core in July of 2018, giving him another opportunity to call the greater Des Moines area home once again. Minus the four years spent in Iowa City earning his undergraduate degree, he has lived in the area all his life and wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

As stated earlier, he was one of the fortunate people to not require outpatient physical therapy growing up, however, he knew of Core and after meeting some of the employees at various functions and saw the potential fit. Core’s approach of focusing on manual intervention in a private and patient-centered one-on-one setting is truly unmatched and allows the clinician and the patient to work and improve at their optimal capabilities. He loves that he is able to get to know patients on a personal level and treat each patient the way he would treat a family member.

 

Like many others, 2020 is setting up to be a year of positive change as Connor will join in marriage with his fiancé, Allysa, in November. Connor also hopes the new year will bring many fun times with friends/family, success for his favorite sports teams (Iowa Hawkeyes, Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Dodgers) and a continued impact on patient’s lives.  

 

What is something about you that would surprise people?  

I am a huge Star Wars and Marvel movies fan, I have seen every movie at least once and a vast majority of the movies many times.

What is your favorite part of your job?  

The hands-on care that we are able to provide as clinicians at Core and the relationships that we make with our patients along the way.

What is your dream vacation or trip? 

The cities and countryside of Ireland and Scotland – I have a lot of family heritage from there on both sides of my family and seeing pictures of those areas makes me want to see it myself!

What three items must your refrigerator contain?  

·         Barbecue Sauce – no doubt it’s my favorite “food group”

·         Fresh Fruit – for a healthy snack

·         Orange Juice – I have a glass of it every morning with breakfast

What is your WHY?

To interact with and uplift others so that they can live healthy and productive lives.

What is your favorite pastime? 

Watching and attending Hawkeye sporting events with friends and family.

What is your guilty pleasure?  

Listening to Taylor Swift and other Top 40 pop music.

Favorite Book you've read or gifted to people the most? 

The Harry Potter series – these came out when I was growing up and they were the must-have books.

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