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Meet William Chestnut, PT, MSPT

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Rapid City, South Dakota but grew up in Prince George's County Maryland.

Did you play sports in high school / college?  If so, what?

I played high school football where I tore my ACL during my senior year.  This was my first exposure to physical therapy,  I underwent 6 months of rigorous PT rehabilitation on the path to a full recovery.  This was the moment I decided I wanted to become a PT.

How did you end up going to your college/university/higher education alma mater?

I attended Florida A&M University and Howard University for undergraduate on scholarship and received my Master's of Science in PT from Marymount University and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

How did you end up at Physical and Sports Rehab?

Paul, Renee and I were all at Howard University together for undergraduate and for my 1st year of PT school.  We all worked together previously at another PT clinic prior to Physical and Sports Rehab opening.   I came on board 8 years ago as the clinic was continuing to grow.

What’s your favorite part working at Physical and Sports Rehab?

My favorite part of working at Physical and Sports Rehab is that it feels like family.  I have known Paul for almost 22 years and I have known Renee since we were 12 years old!  Everyone here feels like family.  That is definitely the best part! 

What do you find most challenging about your job?

The most challenging aspect of my job is the mixture of the ethical nature of being a therapist with the business/insurance model of heatlh care that exists in our county.  I want to try to help everyone and see everyone get better.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

The most rewarding part of the job is getting to meet so many great people and to be able to help them move closer to their health goals.   We have people giving us hugs and baking cakes!  The people make this job great.

What are some of your favorite things about living /working in the Upper Marlboro area?

I no longer live in Prince George's County but I love being able to give back to the people and the region where I was nurtured and grew up.  I personally feel great pride in giving back to my roots. 

Outside of work, what are your hobbies?

My hobbies include cycling, hiking, cooking with my wife, watching documentaries and stand-up comedy.  I like to listen to audiobooks and playing sports with my 2 children.

Is there anything else you would like to share?  Any other interesting facts? (i.e., interests, hidden talents, run ins with celebrities, pet peeves, etc)

I am a hometown sports fan.  I love everything Washington! 

I love to laugh and joke around.  I believe that laughing makes everything better.  When people are hurt, the last thing, I think, they need is another super serious person in their life.  We can reach our therapy goals and have some fun along the way.

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