Get to Know: Jon

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Hey! Where did the time go? I look back at my nearly 10 years of personal training (this Dec 2014) and nearly 5 years as an Occupational Therapist (this Sept. 2014) and answer that question by saying: My time went into people that I love, experiences I would re-live if I had the chance, and memories that fuel my imagination with great things to look forward to.

I wanted to be an Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) shortly after I became a personal trainer (back in Dec. of 20040. At that time, I was finishing my double BS in Exercise Physiology and Exercise Leadership and often found myself researching ways to help people overcome their own physical and mental challenges. My sister was in OT graduate school. After I talked with her about OT and shadowed an OT at a brain trauma rehab center for quite some time, I understood how OT really helps others both physically and mentally. OT was the career for me and in turn, it became a great complimentary career to my personal training. The rest is history: I received my Masters of Occupational Therapy, became a licensed and registered OT in 2009 and work as an OT at a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and OTR/L/CSCS at Vita.

1. What takes up your time outside of work?

Whoa, Whoa! I would need time outside of work to be able to answer this question! Well in those rare free-time occasions: I mountaineer and have climbed mountains including: Mt. Whitney, Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Long’s Peak, to name a few… I am hoping to climb the Adirondack mountains in New York this summer. I enjoy rock and ice climbing; Devils Lake and Munising, MI are two of my favorite go to places, but I look forward to Red River Gorge this summer and possibly Red Rock Cannon. Snowboarding, racquet sports, disc golf, camping, fishing/hunting, and sweating in general… It might be easier if I make a list of things, I do not like doing: 1) Wasting time.

2. Name one thing you miss about being a kid?

All the time in the world to enjoy summer vacation.

3. What is your all-time favorite book or movie?

My favorite book would be the one that I wrote as a kid (120 pages!) named “Clasher” pronounced “Clay sure”, let me know if you want a good laugh! Otherwise I am writing a new version that will be available hopefully sometime within the next 20 years.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Australia! I would love to explore the great coral reef!

5. What is your hidden talent?

Staying up late and waking up early…And that is without getting cranky!

6. What is your all-time favorite food?

Lobster, although frog legs are high on the list. In general, I like how healthy food taste and makes me feel!

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