Joel completed his undergraduate training at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska where he received a bachelor of science with honors in cellular and molecular biology and chemistry. He competed as a 4-year scholar athlete with both men’s soccer and indoor/outdoor track and field. He pursued a doctorate in physical therapy at Creighton University, where he served in various leadership and mentorship roles both at the university and professional level. He completed a directed practice internship in New York City with Chris Johnson PT and in association with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT).
He has directed rehabilitation services in orthopedics and neurologic rehabilitation and has engaged in research related to the patient-clinician relationship, the effect of pain on rehabilitation and therapeutic alliance, and currently is looking at performance variables and measures of efficiency in endurance athletes, most notably runners. He has served as a core faculty member within Physical Therapy education for the past 3 years, currently directing the musculoskeletal and orthopedic curriculum in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Joel is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS), and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) He has been an invited speaker and presenter at events and conferences from community to national levels. Additionally, he is a performance coach working with elite and age-group endurance athletes nationally and internationally in running, cycling, and triathlon. Joel is a husband, father, and a competitive triathlete and runner. Along with his wife Laura, and daughters Grace and Anna, he enjoys taking advantage of an active, outdoor lifestyle in the beauty of North Carolina.