Meet Nate Pierce
Nathan joined the Bodies in Motion team in May of 2013.
He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University in May of 2010. Upon graduation, he took a job in Kingsville, Texas treating a variety of patient populations including orthopedics as well as inpatient and outpatient wound care. Prior to joining Bodies in Motion, he worked at National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Washington, DC. Here he had a diverse patient population including endurance athletes such as marathon runners and Tri-athletes.
Nathan has been trained in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), which is a regional interdependent approach to assessment of pain and dysfunction meaning that the site of pain is not always the root cause of the patient’s symptoms and is often due to an area that may be seemingly unrelated to the area of pain or dysfunction. With this model, he is able to find a working diagnosis based on movement impairment and orthopedic tests and measures and provide appropriate manual therapy techniques and corresponding corrective exercises for a holistic approach to the patient’s needs.
Nathan is a Level 2 MovNat Trainer. Nathan often uses this certification and its principles and exercises to provide patients with functional-based corrective exercises to address their impairments and functional limitations to help restore them to their optimal level of function:
“MovNat’s method symbiotically develops positional and breath control, spatial awareness, coordination, balance, mobility, stability, strength, power, endurance, adaptability and resiliency, as well as focus/mindfulness and mental fortitude..” – Erwan Le Corre
Nathan is an avid CrossFitter and believes that this particular style of training is excellent for exposing underlying weaknesses. Although rest and recovery are a very important and sometimes necessary component of any training or rehab process, Nathan believes that simply telling somebody to “stop” performing their specific type of exercise/training/recreation can be inherently flawed if a proper diagnosis is not made.
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
Nathan loves teaching. He has been part of Marymount University’s adjunct faculty. He also is an Assistant Instructor for KinetaCore where he certifies health care providers in Trigger Point Dry Needling. In addition, he takes on Physical Therapy students as a clinical instructor.
Outside of work, Nathan enjoys CrossFit, being outdoors and taking his motorcycles to track days.