November 2019 PT/PTA of the Month

Name: Chris Allison, PT, DPT
Position: Partner/Clinic Director, Therapy South
Clinic Location: Valleydale/Riverchase

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

“I went to Mortimer Jordan High School, where I played sports and was first introduced to PT [physical therapy]. I did my undergrad at North Alabama, where I played football and had more PT. I went to PT school at South Alabama and graduated in ’08… Family wise, I have a 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, and recently celebrated my 10-year wedding anniversary.”

Why PT?

“My mom is a nurse and my dad was in the Army. I had always been interested in the healthcare field. I had always been a science person. PT had a health and sports blend; two things I liked. So, I thought PT was a good way to mesh the two.”

Most memorable moment as a PT professional.

“Recently, I had a guy I had been working on for PT. He is big power lifter. He had a big event coming up, but his knee and elbow was bothering him a bit. We cleaned up his mechanics and he was able to set an American record for back squat. It feels good when you see someone rehab with you and have success.”

Tell me what inspires you.

“An underdog story. When that person or group is the only one that thinks they can win or come out on top. Quiet Confidence is inspiring.”

Tell me what you do for fun.

“I enjoy fishing. One of my best catches was a bass over 8 lbs. I also enjoy working out, mountain biking, and my kids. I’ve also started coaching my son’s flag football team.

Something only a few people know.

“I lived in Alaska for 4 years as a kid; my dad was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska.”

Advice to the profession.

“The field of PT is great. We take a common sense approach to solving medical problems. We can help so many people. Try not to get stuck in a rut. Enjoy working with your patients. Engage in the research. Read articles. Follow different people on Instagram. Always remember to think positive.”