24 – Airrosti Drs. Nickleberry and Garrett on treating soft tissue injury, partnering with CrossFit, and creating a new paradigm

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In this episode, I visit the Airrosti Rehab Centers headquarters in San Antonio, TX and speak with two of the first Airrosti doctors, Dr. Jason Garrett and Dr. Ty Nickleberry. I’ve gotten to know Airrosti over the past few years as they have provided services for athletes at the CrossFit Regional and Games competitions, and I’ve been fortunate to partner with them as a sponsored athlete for the past year. What I like most about Airrosti is that they are using evidence-based therapy for soft tissue injury, standardizing it’s delivery, and making it widely available and accessible to patients and providers. In our current health care system, we don’t often have great solutions for aches and pains other than medications or surgery. Rather than simply masking pain Airrosti helps to identify its root cause and provide effective treatment. They have tracked their outcomes from over 1 million patient visits to show timely resolution of pain and injuries with significant savings of unnecessary surgeries and procedures as well as cost.
Airrosti was founded in 2004 by Sean Tipton with Ty Nickleberry as the first provider. Shortly after, Airrosti expanded across the state of Texas and began to partner with local primary care physicians. In 2014, Airrosti’s partnership with CrossFit began as they were named the head of Athlete Services for the CrossFit Games. In the fall of 2015, they have well over 150  practices spanning across Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, and Washington and reached a milestone of 1 million patient visits.  Airrosti has even been voted one of the “Best Places to Work” in San Antonio multiple years in a row and one of the fastest growing companies in the US by Inc. Magazine.
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Interviewing Drs. Nickleberry and Garrett at Airrosti HQ
Drs. Garett and Nickleberry both graduated form Texas Chiropractic College. They came on as two of the first Airrosti doctors and helped to develop multiple practices and the training programs for new providers. Dr. Garrett now serves as the managing Vice President for Clinical Development at Airrosti where he trains new providers and educates physicians from family practitioners to orthopedic surgeons about Airrosti’s role. Dr. Nickleberry currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Director of Provider Recruitment at Airrosti.
In this episode, we discussed:
  • Dr. Nickleberry and Garrett’s athletic and professional backgrounds and what brought them to Airrosti
  • How Airrosti has grown and evolved over the years
  • The Airrosti method and training programs
  • How Airrosti fills an important role that was lacking in the traditional healthcare system
  • Airrosti’s collaboration with sports medicine doctors, family doctors, and orthopedic surgeons
  • How they have tracked outcomes for over 1 million patient visits
  • Airrosti’s partnership with the CrossFit Games
  • Advice for preventing and treating soft tissue injuries
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

23 – Lindsey Valenzuela on pregnancy, affiliate ownership, and competition

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In this episode, I sit down with Lindsey Valenzuela.  Lindsey has been an athlete all her life and played collegiate volleyball at California Lutheran University. During that time, she began Olympic Weightlifting to train for volleyball and quickly fell in love with the barbell. After her collegiate career was over, she began competing in Olympic Weightlifting and then found CrossFit. She has since become a seasoned CrossFit Games athlete, competing in 4 CrossFit Games and finishing as high as 2nd place in 2013 and most recently finishing in 7th place in 2015. She also represented Team USA in the CrossFit Invitational in Berlin in 2013. Lindsey has coached at several affiliates in Southern California and in August of 2015 fulfilled her dream to open her own affiliate, Autumo CrossFit, with her business partner and former NFL player James Townsend. Shortly after, she discovered she was pregnant and made the announcement that she will be taking the 2016 season away from competition. I was excited to sit down with Lindsey to catch up on her crazy year of transition, how she is approaching her pregnancy, and her plans for the future.
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Her back injury and how she discovered she was pregnant
  • Stepping away from competition for her pregnancy
  • Her plans to return to competition
  • Her approach to training while pregnant and how it has evolved throughout the pregnancy
  • How she responds to negative comments or media about doing CrossFit while pregnant
  • Her approach to nutrition and sleep during pregnancy
  • The recent opening of her affiliate, Autumo CrossFit
  • Three things she does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter above so you never miss out on another episode.
If you or someone you know has an inspiring story about using lifestyle to overcome disease, please share by emailing info@juliefoucher.com. I will continue to feature stories like this in the future.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.