Growing up in central Illinois, Bret spent most of his youth playing sports, eventually settling on basketball and football. He had his first experiences with physical therapy during high school after tearing his ACL three different times. Because of these injuries, Bret knew he wanted to help prevent others from experiencing the same pain. He attended Harding University, studying biochemistry with a minor in psychology. Bret met his wife, Abby, toward the end of his time there, so he returned to Harding to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Bret and Abby moved to Kansas City in 2015. He spends his time outside of Freedom playing indoor soccer, grilling delicious food, and learning new things.
Q&A with Bret:
What’s the best part of your story so far?
Moving to Kansas City with my wife, not knowing anyone else in the area. Being in an entirely new setting challenged me to grow, to venture outside my comfort zone, and continued to show me how truly great my wife is.
What organization or company inspires you and why?
The Havens in Zambia. It was designed to embrace those most in need, including high risk orphans with advanced medical needs. Those in charge have embraced the Zambian culture and attempt to raise each child in a way that allows integration back into the local social structure at the age of 2. The sacrifice and investment by all involved for the good of the community and the kids they help is incredibly inspirational.
What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?
I am deathly afraid of heights. However, I got the foolish idea of facing those fears several years ago, and can say that I have been bungee jumping and skydiving. Still get dizzy any time I look over any high drops.
What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?
Restoring function, especially in young athletes. I loved playing sports when I was younger, but ended up missing almost half my high school career due to repeated injuries. Because of this, I love to restore young athletes to full function to prevent their stories from sounding like mine.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
Grilling food during the fall to watch football with friends.
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
Probably aeronautical engineering. Sounds fascinating and extremely challenging
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