Joe's Job: Physical Therapist

Joe Flanagan's weekly Joe's Job segment

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Brian Hoke has been in physical therapy for over 30 years. He has worked on championship athletes and Broadway dancers and everday citizens who just want to get and feel better. He loves his job at Atlantic Physical Therapy on First Colonial Road.

"Well there's a great internal reward for working with people and helping them get their life back, getting movement back," he said.

Brian had me make the rounds and talk to some of his patients about how they were feeling. On his staff is Dave Volkringer, a board certified orthopedic clinical physical therapist who has been at it over 20 years.

"You have to be somebody that wants to get to the finish line. Somebody who really wants to help people get back to what they really want to do. What they love to do," he said.

Education these days means doctorates now, like Katie Johnson.

"Three years and that includes summers. No summers off in those three years. So it's pretty extensive." she said.

Many of Brian's associates got interested in this career by getting their own treatments or by interning.

"And over the years I came here. And I was an aid like the girls in here today, walking around here and I truly fell in love with it then," said Michele Nielsen.

So how did Brian Hoke think I did?

"In terms of the key personality traits Joe's got what it takes. Cause you can't teach nice. And Joe's a genuinely a nice guy," he concluded.


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