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Sitting Down with Dr. Michael Hauber

Get to know the newest addition to our PT team!

Restore/Thrive is happy to announce that Dr. Michael Hauber has joined our clinical staff and is now accepting new patients. "Dr. Mike" will be seeing his clients out of our new satellite location inside the Shawnee, Kansas fitness studio, EverFit KC.

After spending five years at one of the premier outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinics in Kansas City, we're honored that Michael has chosen to join the Restore/Thrive team and help us pursue our vision for a better version of physical therapy for people who want to get back to the activities and sports that they love.

We sat down with Michael to ask a few "deep" questions and find out more about what makes him tick. We think you'll enjoy his answers below.

Restore/Thrive: Why did you become a physical therapist?

Michael Hauber: That is a very good question!

I spent my first two years in college dabbling in different majors, but not quite focused on anything but being part of the rowing team. By my junior year, I realized that I needed to get my act together and decide on what I wanted to do the rest of my life – it’s always such a tall order to ask of a kid because you just don’t have the life experience yet to really know what you want to do and what kind of person you are. I tell you what – I feel so grateful to have had such a serendipitous moment precisely at that juncture. My older sister suggested that I look into physical therapy. She had experienced two knee surgeries largely in quick succession and had two very positive experiences with physical therapy. She said as a physical therapist you have the opportunity to meet all kinds of people while at the same time applying your skills as a movement practitioner. She was exactly right!

I went down the physical therapy track and now 5 years into this profession, I couldn’t agree more with my sister. I absolutely love what I do. There is never a dull day in physical therapy. You have such a unique opportunity to learn from your patients and be a resource to helping improve their quality of life – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially just by virtue of being their “movement detective” and guide. It is so fun to observe movement and so fulfilling to see how you can change it for the better!

R/T: What do you do to keep in shape?

MH: I have a short attention span, and by that I mean I love practicing all kinds of methods for staying in shape. I do not tend to be the person that follows a regimented program for 6 weeks or 3 months. However, I try to stay pretty close to the fundamentals of strength and conditioning no matter the tool I use. For the past few years, I have gravitated toward a hybrid of kettlebell training and MovNat as my form of strength and conditioning.

On other days, I honestly just love going for a walk with my wife and our son. Walking is such a foundational, almost spiritual movement. It is our time to connect with each other, watch our son make faces, and just try to attain some mental clarity after a long day’s work. If I had my choice, I would play pick-up basketball, spikeball, or beach volleyball any day of the week. Team sports sustain my training!

R/T: What is your favorite exercise?

MH: Turkish Get-Up. It is an absolutely unforgiving, humbling experience trying to stand up and down from the ground with integrity. By that I mean we can all cheat an exercise. However, it is difficult to cheat the get-up. It requires total focus, body awareness, breath control, balance, mobility, and strength. It takes you through just about every movement you learn as an infant from the ground up; so it is an incredibly valuable movement to add to your repertoire to make sure your movement practice allows you to move well. Many movement practitioners use the get-up as their one exercise to tell you how your body is responding to your environment. If one day your get-up starts to become more difficult, then something in your training, environment, or recovery may be off. It is a wonderful feedback tool. I think a lot of us would perform better in sports and life just by spending more time practicing how well we can get up and down from the ground.

R/T: What is your favorite food?

MH: This is such a tough question. I like food probably a little too much – my wife has always been surprised at the sheer quantity of eggs that I consider “normal” breakfast food. That being said, I would say pancakes qualify as my favorite. I don’t think I would ever get tired of having the whole pancake breakfast experience: pancakes, syrup, coffee, and good conversation.

R/T: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

MH: Gosh, it might be a two-way tie between Batman and Wolverine. They each defined my childhood so much through comic books, tv shows, and more recently their live-action selves. I don’t think anyone will ever play Batman better than Christian Bale or Wolverine than Hugh Jackman. Batman just operates with “normal” physiological traits, but constantly tests his ceiling with physical fitness and mental fortitude. I’m sure his wealth doesn’t hurt either. He just has this undying drive to restore and protect his city by largely sacrificing having any semblance of a balanced life apart from being a superhero. His methods may be questionable, but his noble pursuit is inspiring. He approaches problems with preparation and then physicality as needed.

Now, Wolverine operates almost completely opposite of Batman. He tends to solve problems with sheer force, grit, and metal claws (on only the bad guys!)! He approaches life with physicality, toughness, and confidence. If you are passionate about strength training like I am, the Wolverine is a worthy physical role model.


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