Dr. Christopher Genn has a passion for helping people through injury and pain to see the greatness of God come alive in each person!
At the age of six I had severe headaches and vomiting, leading to five brain surgeries. Through that experience I learned the power of pain, suffering, and the gift of healing. That was the start of my passion to explore and deepen my understanding of the human body, movement, and overcoming injury.
After many years of asking God what He wanted from my life, after my second year of college, I left Christendom College to live back at home. I found a job in a physical therapy clinic, and started studying at Mercy College. I graduated with my BS in Health Science, and also received the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). At the same time, I studied the curriculum at Velocity Sports Performance and worked part time as a coach, mostly with young athletes in small groups. I loved learning the details of human movement and being a part of people improving themselves and doing things they didn’t think they could do.
I worked as a personal trainer in a gym for about two years, able to apply the information I was learning in graduate school. I completed two orthopedic out-patient clinical rotations, an acute care hospital rotation, and a pediatric in-patient and out-patient rotation working with young children with seriously involved conditions. These were priceless learning experiences.
Once I graduated with my doctorate in physical therapy from Mercy College in 2015, I worked in a high volume clinic. Less than a year later, I switched jobs to work inside an athletes training facility. This was a great opportunity for me to work closely with the strength coaches and have an athletic trainer as an assistant, as well as having more time with each patient. I learned a lot working alongside a therapist full-body certified in Active Release Technique (ART). I became certified in Functional Movement Systems, including the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). I completed the last year working in that clinic as the only PT in the office, which was a tremendous learning experience.
Then, I pursued an opportunity to work directly alongside a PT who had recently completed a fellowship program with the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT). I advanced my manual therapy skills including spinal and joint manipulation techniques, and became whole body certified in dry needling (Cert DN). The structure of our schedule, 30 minute blocks and an hour long initial session, allows for even more one on one time with each client, which means the entire treatment is provided by the therapist in an open floor concept. Though this provided much more time with the client, I found myself in a constant battle between spending more time performing manual therapy or being able to educate and empower the client with strength and movement. Not only that, my attention was often split between two people and I wasn’t able to give the attention I thought necessary to the client directly in front of me. Unfortunately, the state of healthcare and insurance reimbursement doesn’t allow for more time to be spent with each client, while also paying the bills. So I launched Be Not Afraid Physical Therapy as an out-of-network provider.