Today we travel to Brooklyn, NY to hang with Mr. Andrew Labbate, Jr. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Sports Science/Athletic Training and his master’s in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He has been with Sports PT since 2006 and is the Facility Manager at our Flatbush Avenue location in Brooklyn.
Kelly: What’s your favorite part of patient care?
Andrew: Regardless of condition, seeing someone get a little better every session.
Kelly: Has there been a patient who has impacted you the most?
Andrew: On my last clinical affiliation as a student, I worked with a young woman who suffered from an acute case of Transverse Myolitis, which paralyzed her from the axillary down. My clinical instructor let me take the lead on this case and I worked with her mostly solo. When I met her, she was confined to a wheel chair. Eight weeks later she walked out using a walker and leg brace. Her success really made me believe I was doing the right thing with my life.
Kelly: You’ve been with Sports PT for 6 years now. What’s keeping you here?
Andrew: I truly believe in what this company stands for. They truly care about their people, putting them first and having the individual’s best interest in mind. Over the course of 6 years, I’ve been afforded many unique opportunities that other companies couldn’t provide, such as in-house lectures with CEU’s, being named head trainer for the NY Titans lacrosse team in their inaugural season, and the chance for career advancement.
Kelly: Good stuff Andrew. Enough about work already, talk to me about the photo!
Andrew: That was taken at my daughter’s 1st birthday. The theme was obviously Elmo/Sesame Street. I am not usually that goofy, but for my little one I will be!
Kelly: If I have one day to spend in Brooklyn, where should I go?
Andrew: The Zoo and Botanical Gardens are a must see. If you like sports, go see a Cyclone’s game and in a year from now you’ll want to check out the Brooklyn Nets. You can’t come to Brooklyn without stopping at Junior’s for cheesecake. Lastly you have to, at least once, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Kelly: Okay, real quick – tell me a few things I wouldn’t already know about you.
Andrew: I’m a big movie buff, love to collect baseball memorabilia – I go to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony every year with my family and I love working on my Mustang. Most of all, I love spending time with my family and it doesn’t really matter what we do, as long as we are together.
Kelly: A movie buff is something I am not! Got any movie trivia for us?
Andrew: What Sylvester Stallone movie was hyped: “His whole life was a million-to-one shot”?
Name that movie…anyone??