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Brian Harder


Clinic Director

Brian was born in Knoxville, TN and raised in Oak Ridge, TN. At Oak Ridge High School, he participated in swimming and began his work life as a dish washer and then as a lifeguard. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Exercise Science with a minor in Philosophy. During his undergraduate years, he was a head lifeguard for the university’s aquatic center and developed a love for the outdoors. After a year of personal training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he started physical therapy school at Emory and Henry College and gradated with the inaugural class of 2018. These days, Brian likes to spend his free time hiking (especially in the Smokies), mountain biking, paddle boarding, weightlifting, and virtual reality video gaming.

Brian’s primary clinical interest is in the science and treatment of persistent pain. As the medical community struggles to fight the current opioid epidemic, he believes physical therapists can and should be the frontline providers for pain. He intends to pursue the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification in the near future and then a fellowship in pain sciences with the International Spine and Pain Institute.

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