Meet the Team
Over the last 15 years, our family has grown from a team of three to a team of over 80 staff members! Our "cRUw" is key to our success as an organization and we truly take pride in the family we've built over the years.
Ben Harwood, PT, MSPT, FAFS, CSCS, BFR-1
Clinic Director - Bonita (RU5) and Point Loma (RU6)
Hometown: Longmeadow, Massachussetts
Education: Masters of Science in Physical Therapy - Springfield College, 2002; Graduate Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS), 2009; Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Sports: Waterskiing, running, mountain Biking, triathlons
Hobbies: Traveling, camping
Favorite Foods: Italian, German
Who You Admire / Favorite Mentor: Too many teachers/practitioners to list a favorite mentor for sure. I admire and appreciate my parents and grandparents for the values they have instilled and taught me throughout my life.
Nickname: Ben, Ben-jammin
Fun Fact About You: I met my wife waterskiing in Mission Bay.
Biography: Ben was born and raised in the town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He graduated in 2002 from Springfield College, Massachusetts, in the accelerated physical therapy Master's program. While at Springfield, he played four years of soccer, which included a showing in the NCAA tournament and a trip to China. He competed four years of indoor and outdoor track, finishing his senior year as captain, and in the process he set an indoor school record in the 600m. He was awarded the male scholar-athlete award, a tribute to his success in the classroom and on the field. He also participated in many campus, national, and international leadership and community service programs.
Ben joined a busy orthopedic clinic in Waterbury, Connecticut after graduation. He immersed himself in upper and lower extremity post-operative care, including hand specific treatment. He moved to San Diego in the fall of 2003. Since then, he has improved his knowledge of manual and more specifically myofascial release based treatment. He has seen a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological patients in his career, ranging from young children to adults in their late 90's. He has treated weekend warriors to professional baseball players. His goal at Rehab United is to improve the function and life of each individual patient. He enjoys educating his patients and strives for progress and increased knowledge each visit!
Ben continues to lead an active life outside the clinic. He is involved with the San Diego Waterski Team and competitive slalom tournaments. He also participates in a variety of running and triathlon related races. He has been active in the local adult indoor and outdoor soccer leagues. Outside of recreational sports, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, friends and black lab Moose.
Ben completed the year-long GIFT fellowship in Applied Functional Science to become a Graduate Fellow in Applied Functional Science (FAFS) in 2009. The Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT) is designed to enable participants to achieve proficiency, competence, confidence, and credibility in all aspects of Applied Functional Science through an understanding of functional principles, strategies, and techniques appropriate for use with patients and clients of all types and for all purposes including prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement.