My name is Joe, I’m 26 years old and I’m from Westfield, NJ. I’ve played sports my entire life and have always been fascinated with fitness. I began my undergraduate studies at Bucknell University where I majored in Biology and worked in a research lab. After a few weeks at school, I felt that something was missing so I decided to walk on to Bucknell’s football team. Unfortunately, my collegiate football career quickly came to an end due to some medical concerns and without football, I found myself yearning for both a new challenge. That is exactly what I found in the weight room. The gym soon became my second home and I fell in love with fitness.
During my sophomore year I realized that molecular biology wasn’t the direction that I wanted for my life and I decided to change course to go after what I felt pulled toward. I decided to transfer to Rutgers University where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Applied Kinesiology in the spring of 2016. While attending Rutgers, I interned and then worked at Flo Fitness with Chris Flores who I consider both a friend and a mentor. The time that I spent at Flo Fitness afforded me valuable coaching and training experience, provided me with a deep coaching skill set and gave me a unique perspective on performance training. These are things that I am grateful for and things that I will carry with me throughout my career in the coaching, healthcare and wellness industries.
Following my undergraduate studies, I attended Drexel University in Philadelphia where I received my Doctorate Of Physical Therapy (DPT) in April of 2019 and (more importantly), met my wife, Michaela.
I currently work as a Physical Therapist at an outpatient clinic located in Philadelphia, PA. When I’m not treating patients, you can find me working out, striving to become closer to Christ, reading, writing, creating content for my Instagram page (@joerinaldi.dpt) and spending time with my wife (and best friend) Michaela. I like to take pictures, make videos, and invest time into all things personal development. I tend to wake up well before the sun and I am known for taking cold showers. I’m also a complete nerd and very proud of it. Whatever it is that I’m doing, you can be certain that I am doing it to make the world a better placed. More than everything else, I enjoy being there for people, lifting them up, building them up and spreading smiles.
I get the question a lot so I decided to address it here. I chose the profession of physical therapy is because it would provide me with a tremendous opportunity to touch the lives of people who need help on a daily basis. It gives me a platform to lead, guide, coach and encourage. The best part of my job is reassuring people, encouraging them through difficult times and helping them believe in themselves as I walk hand in hand with them through the ups and downs.
Despite choosing physical therapy as a career, I don’t need to be a physical therapist to love, encourage and help others. In fact, while I plan on spending my career as a physical therapist, that doesn’t define who I am. I’m Joe Rinaldi the human being and I’m here to serve people, love people, encourage people, inspire people and leave the world better than I found it in all that I do. I have a desire to make a true and positive impact on the people around me and that’s the contagious attitude that I want to spread. To put things in perspective and complete my story, I need to tell you one more thing.
I understand that it’s bigger than me.
I was born with a genetic eye condition (Best Disease) that has been causing me to lose eyesight since I was 10 years old. I don’t know what the future will bring and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see when I wake up tomorrow, but I’m not worried about that. I’m concerned about doing my best in this moment. That’s because, while I’ve had my ups and downs, I’ve never let my poor eyesight stop me from doing anything and I never will. I don’t feel sorry for myself and neither should you. I choose to view these circumstances as a strength (read that again) and that is what I want every single person in this world to feel as well. Everything in life is happening for your good if you choose to see it that way.
What I’ve realized is that as I’ve lost eyesight, I’ve gained vision.
I was put on this earth to make a difference in the lives of others and that’s what I’m all about. One of my goals is to move through life radiating positive energy with the hope that it’ll reach out and touch those around me. I want to walk a through this world and improve the life of every single person who crosses my path. I want to be a beacon of light in someone’s darkness and I want to use my struggle, adversity and story to light a path to show others that with hard work, the right attitude and some faith, it (anything) can be done. I believe in you and you should believe in you too.
I am always open to feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticism, so please don’t hesitate to reach out! If you want to get in touch, please feel free to contact me via Instagram or through the contact page, I would love to hear from you! Thank you for reading and I hope you can find some value in what I have to share.
Joe Rinaldi, PT, DPT
P..S. – No matter who you are, what you’re going through or whether I know you or not, I care about you and I am here for you. You might not believe me, because most people don’t seem to care, but I’m serious. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with anything at all (908-301-6581).