“We believe in the power of a team. We realize that every athlete must be approached on an individualized basis consistent with their unique ecosystem, and motivation to train and compete. We appreciate the enduring impact of our words and actions as clinicians and coaches. We believe that sound coaching involves engagement, transparency, and feedback to foster confidence in the plan and systems. We utilize a science-based framework while prioritizing safety as well as ongoing monitoring and testing. Our athletes exude sportsmanship, mental toughness, grit, accountability, and an unwavering commitment to reach their best through consistent and deliberate practice. Our ultimate goal is to have our athletes in the best possible position to perform on race day.”
Chris Johnson MPT, ITCA
Chris Johnson completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor of science with distinction while completing a senior thesis in the physical therapy department under Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Chris was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team, scholar athlete, captain in 2000, and recipient of the Lee J Hyncik award for excellence in athletics and academics. He remained at the University of Delaware to earn a degree in physical therapy while completing an orthopedic/sports graduate fellowship under Dr. Michael J. Axe of First State Orthopedics. Following graduation, he relocated to New York City to work at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma of Lenox Hill Hospital as a physical therapist and researcher. He remained there for the ensuing eight years until 2010 when he opened his own physical therapy and performance facility, Chris Johnson PT, in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. In May 2013, Chris and his wife relocated from New York City to Seattle to pursue a more active, outdoor lifestyle. In addition to being a physical therapist, Chris is a certified triathlon coach (ITCA), three-time All American triathlete, two time Kona Qualifier, and is currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. Chris is also extensively published in the medical literature and has a monthly column on Ironman and an elaborate youtube channel.
Joel Sattgast DPT
Joel completed his undergraduate training at Concordia University, 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. In the spring of 2012 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), Lenox Hill Hospital.
Clinically, he has directed and engaged in physical therapy services in out-patient settings focused on orthopedics, sports, work rehabilitation and occupational health and wellness, neurotrauma, and chronic pain. He has been an instructor and invited lecturer within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Wayne State University and is currently a core faculty at Methodist University.
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 western Michigan.
Nathan Carlson DPT, USATF
Nathan received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University and currently practices in Kansas City. Since completing his degree, his clinical practice has focused on the management of both healthy and injured runners. He currently owns and operates RunningMateKC.com and works with endurance athletes of all ages and ability levels from Olympic hopefuls to recreational runners.
Nathan also provides consultation services for multiple local high schools on injury prevention and performance enhancement and is on staff at UMKC. He combines both current research as well as his experience working with runners to offer the most complete patient care in the Kansas City area. Nathan utilizes a multi-dimensional approach to patient care that includes patient education, manual therapy, and specific exercise designed to get his patients back on the roads and trails.
In his free time, Nathan enjoys running, cycling, being outside, and spending time with his wife and kids.