Rick was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. He went to Holy Name High School and graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Psychology in 1985. He worked while taking prerequisite classes and graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) from Temple University in 1992. He worked in many diverse settings, from stroke rehab to acute care to on-site industrial rehab through the years.
He moved to North Carolina in 2001 and initially worked at Moore Regional Hospital for a year, then moved to Richmond Memorial Hospital for a year and a half and then became Rehab Manager at Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet for four years before returning to Southern Pines for two years. He then co-founded Aberdeen Physical Therapy and Wellness, which opened on December 27, 2012.
During his time in North Carolina, he was involved in the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association as treasurer for the Sandhills District, Director-at-Large for Practice for six years, and ongoing with the Legislative Committee. He has now returned for another term as Director-at-Large for Practice.
Rick is one of four therapists who provide dry needling, and he is certified in orofacial dry needling. He also carries certifications in manual trigger point therapy and vestibular rehab, and concussion. Rick has also completed advanced studies through the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics.
In his downtime, Rick enjoys baking (crème brûlée is his specialty), hanging out at home with his dogs, cats, and wife (even though he sees her all day at work). Rick also loves keeping up with his two children, who are now off on their own. Rick is an accomplished musician and currently plays the bagpipes in individual competitions and with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band.
North Carolina PT #8566 (Issued May 22, 2001)