THE COR DIFFERENCE
Learn what #TeamCOR is all about.
“IF YOU HAVE A BODY, YOU’RE AN ATHLETE.”
~ Legendary Coach Bill Bowerman
This simple quote summarizes our core philosophy at COR – everyone is an athlete at heart and everyone should have access to the elite level care like world-class athletes – whether you are a youth athlete, a weekend warrior, a busy executive, or an active senior.
COR was founded by Dr. John Mullen, renowned physical therapist, strength coach, and performance enhancement specialist who has worked with organizations such as Stanford, Purdue, and many other elite colleges.
After years of helping professional athletes return from injury, enhance their performance, and excel at their sport, he was determined to create a similar environment for the general public. Disappointed with the traditional physical therapy clinic and fitness environments, he sought to recreate the integrated sports medicine model used to enhance performance by creating a hybrid model of physical therapy, biomechanical assessment, adult fitness, and performance enhancement training in an environment that is suitable for all ages and activity levels.
With this, he coined the company model, “making you better”. This is our company goal, each time you are at COR we are making you better, by helping you improve your strength, reduce your pain, or improve your life!
It is our vision to provide exceptional care that differs from traditional physical therapy clinics and fitness facilities by emphasizing a unique blend of elite level care, cutting edge systems, an individualized approach, and more personal attention to help you achieve your goals faster.
“Making you better”
To assure we achieve this mission, we base everything on three main principles:
1. Provide an Elite Level Experience
We provide elite level physical therapy, adult fitness, and sports performance for motivated individuals that are looking to do what it takes to perform optimally and get the most out of their bodies.
Our goal is to always be a center of excellence in regard to outcomes, satisfaction, research, education, and employee development.
We will maximize your outcomes through comprehensive assessment, program design, treatment, training, and coaching.
We always strive to exceed expectations and provide the most effective, safe, and research driven programs to achieve your goals.
We pledge to always provide cutting edge services and will continue to evolve as new technology and techniques become available. Our own personal focus is on education and expanding our skills. We never stop learning so you never stop advancing.
We will assure you get the care you need. We have a network of complementary health care and fitness providers, including the top doctors in the area and across the nation. If you have any additional health and wellness needs, we can help coordinate the care you need from the experts we trust. This assures proper attention and communication in your best interest.
2. Emphasize individualized Care, Focus, and Attention to Detail
We provide exceptional individualized care to our patients and clients by giving you the personal time and attention to detail that you deserve.
We value an individualized approach to your program; we do not use cookie-cutter programs for all of our clients. This assures you get exactly what you need.
Our sessions are not rushed and our appointments are not overbooked.
We pride ourselves on spending one-on-one time with you utilizing a hands-on approach.
Our focus is on outcomes, culture, client experience, and client satisfaction, not revenue. We value your time and make a point to not waste a second of it.
3. Optimize Health and Performance Through an Integrated Approach to Rehab and Fitness
Through our integrated rehab and fitness, we are capable of providing an entire approach to health and wellness that assures you get the care you need.
We can help you recover from injuries or surgery, lose weight, get stronger, and perform better.
We will guide you through the injury process and help you return to optimal health and wellness, not just back to baseline.
Our integrated team assures that we are always communicating and collaborating to help you achieve your best.
Everyone is an Athlete at Heart
Our main driving principle can best be said through a quote from legendary track coach Bill Bowerman:
“If you have a body, you’re an athlete.”
That simple quote summarizes our core philosophy and vision at COR – everyone is an athlete at heart. It doesn’t matter what your current health and fitness levels are, our bodies were built to move and perform. If you focus on enhancing how well you feel and move, you can perform at your best.
All of our patients and clients are treated like world-class athletes, from youth athletes to weekend warriors, to busy executives, to Olympic Athletes.
Traditional Physical Therapy and Fitness Models are Not Providing the Best Care Possible
The changing healthcare system has caused a reduction in quality of physical therapy in which PT’s treat symptoms and not the underlying cause, over-utilize modalities without good evidence, and provide unsupervised exercises that are too often delegated to lesser-qualified support personnel. People are rushed through appointments, hands-on time is reduced and often non-existent, while your PT is trying to help too many other patients at the same time. Insurance companies are dictating the services you receive, not your healthcare provider.
Meanwhile, the fitness industry has exploded, resulting in a diluted market that has caused a reduction in quality of fitness and performance training. Boot camps and group strength training programs are being performed without proper assessments, individualization, or attention to your specific needs. This often leads to either a lack of results or worse, injury.
COR emphasizes a hands-on approach that includes a thorough biomechanical assessment of how the body moves and functions to determine what specific muscle imbalances and movement impairments may be leading to dysfunction or limiting your performance. We then offer an individualized approach by a skilled team in a dynamic small group-training environment. This produces amazing results for a wide variety of people with a safe, fun, and effective program specific to your needs.
Everyone should have access to elite level care, similar to professional athletes.
After years of helping professional athletes return from injury and excel at their sport, we are determined to create a similar environment for the general public. Disappointed with the traditional physical therapy clinic and fitness environments, COR seeks to recreate the sports medicine model used to enhance elite athletic performance by creating an integrated model of physical therapy, fitness, and performance enhancement training in an environment that is suitable for all ages and activity levels. Once again, making you better, no matter your goal or level.
Our integrated environment assures proper communication and collaboration to assure you are getting the level of care you deserve and help you optimize your health, wellness, and performance. Our model is built to assure you get everything you need.
You deserve the best. COR is here to help you achieve your best.
At COR, we pride ourselves in our commitments to our patients, clients, team, and community. Every member of our team is determined to uphold our core values in everything we do.
• Welcome each patient and client as a member of our team and family – we are here to help you achieve your goals.
• Do whatever it takes to exceed expectations by focusing on the client experience, satisfaction, and outcomes.
• Bring our “A” game with a positive and compassionate attitude.
• Have fun but always be professional.
• Focus on working and growing together to enhance the team by attracting, developing and retaining the best talent for our business.
• Never stop learning and advancing to better serve our clients.
• Engage in research and education to advance ourselves, as well as our professions by sharing this information.
• Lead by example by participating in a healthy lifestyle.
• Support our communities and engage in activities that promote health and wellness.
• Always take full responsibility and be accountable for our actions to honor the integrity of our mission, vision, and core values.
• COR is dedicated to helping individuals reach their fullest potential through an integrated approach to elite level physical therapy, adult fitness, and performance training.
• Our goal is to help you perform at your best whether that means getting back to sports or simply a healthier and happier lifestyle.
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CAMTC LICENSED, AMTA MEMBER
Ben graduated from Trinity College in 1999 as a Certified Massage Therapist, and actively worked with several chiropractors over the past 17 years. His extensive work treating joint and muscle pain and injuries have given him expertise in deep tissue therapeutic massage. He is also CAMTC Licensed, an AMTA Member, and CPR First Aid Certified.
His commitment to healing brought Ben to COR. He continued his studies and is certified in Ayurveda body treatments and therapy from the prestigious College of Ayurveda in Nevada City.
Ben is highly qualified in many “modalities” including deep tissue, trigger point, Swedish massage, sports massage, chair massage, shiatsu, reiki-level 3, and kinesiology, Abhyanga Massage, Shiodhara, Svedhana Therapy, and other Ayurveda modalities.
Techniques acquired from practice include clinical therapeutic massage, pressure points, craniosacral massage, cross fiber friction technique, passive stretching, Thai stretching, and prenatal/postnatal massage and Ayurveda treatments such as Abhyanga, Shiordhara, Svendha therapy and many other treatments.
His passion, however, is based on knowing that he can provide quality service to clients who value not just life, but quality life. That’s why he continues to study Ayurveda and other new ways to expand the levels of service he brings to each of his clients.
Dr. Erin Cameron
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
In 4th grade, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up Dr. Erin Cameron, DPT replied “physical therapist,” a rather unconventional response for a child that age. She was a young swimmer with shoulder pain, desperate to return the to sport that she loved so dearly. The dedication of her physical therapist allowed her to pursue her passion and eventually go on to compete at the collegiate level. While swimming at the University of Michigan she studied to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology. During her collegiate swimming career, she earned the following accolades: two-time CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, team captain and the Michigan Leadership Academy Leader of Distinction award.
Erin has dedicated much of her life to the sport of swimming. In addition to competing in the sport for 15 years, she has coached at various elite swim camps and clinics growing her expertise in stroke technique and video critique. She has also served as a volunteer staff member for Division I, II and III swim programs aiding in both coaching and developing exercise programs/educational sessions for upper extremity injury prevention.
Erin received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. During her time in physical therapy school, she developed a special interest in treating patients with orthopedic injuries and promoting general health and wellness in people of all ages. She has since focused much of her continuing education on the treatment of runners and cyclists and has a special interest in maintaining the health and improving the performance of endurance athletes.
Justin Huynh graduated in the Spring of 2018 from the University of Puget Sound with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through AFSA and is working towards his CSCS.
Justin grew up in the Bay Area where he attended Sacred Heart Prep. He swam for his high school team and for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics under Tony Batis. During his college career he walked onto the University of Puget Sound Swim team where he specialized in Butterfly, 400 IM and Middle Distance Freestyle. During his last year of college he swam for the King Aquatic Club under Doug Djang and Michael Brooks.
Through his passion of swimming, Justin fell in love with dryland training and strength and conditioning as well as finding ways to help others. He interned at facilities such as the Riekes Center during the summers of 2015 and 2016 as well as Pacific TherX Physical Therapy in 2017. Justin has also had an article published for Swimming Science.
Justin has finished his summer (2018) internship with COR and is looking forward to being a full-time personal trainer! During his spare time you can catch him looking up new recipes or going on a foodie adventure as well as working out or going for a quick swim. The NBA season is Justin’s favorite time of the year so don’t be surprised if you find him watching his Golden State Warriors (he’s sort of a die hard fan) or attending a game at Oracle Arena.
Dr. Sam LaRiviere
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Dr. Sam LaRiviere was born and raised in Waterboro, Maine and grew up swimming for the Sanford Y Titans. As many swimmers do, he found himself at a number of physical therapy sessions for various ailments. During one of these sessions, a sports medicine doctor recommended I look into Springfield college for physical therapy school.
Dr. Sam received a B.S. in both Health Science and Psychology from Springfield College in 2016. Following his undergraduate degrees, Sam continued at Springfield College to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018. He performed research under the guidance of Dr. Jessica Maxwell into the effective diagnosis of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
While at Springfield College, Sam was a 4-year member of the Men’s Swimming & Diving team and earned 4x NEWMAC Academic Honors and elected team captain by his teammates. Sam specialized in the 200 Fly and 400 I.M. Following his time as a swimmer, Sam joined forces with Corey Lomas to found PVAA, a new USA club team in the Western Mass area. Sam coached the 14 & Under age group and taught dryland for all groups. In his spare time, he trained and competed in Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge Maryland. He was also able to attend a global health initiative trip to Trinidad & Tobago performing Fall Prevention screens around the country for more than 800 older adults.
Professionally, Sam enjoys working with triathletes and swimmers of all ages. He has worked with running clubs in the greater Boston area performing biomechanical running analysis as well as created dryland injury prevention programs for numerous USA swim teams. Sam is certified in Blood Flow Restriction training and Graston Technique instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.
Dr. John Mullen
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
PERSONAL TRAINING WITH NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
Dr. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS is a World renowned expert and speaker in sports training and rehabilitation. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at USC, as well as the Josette Antonelli Division Service Scholarship, Order of the Golden Cane, and the Order of Areté. At USC, he also performed research on strength training and rehabilitation. Dr. John has worked with multiple professional and Olympic athletes, helping them earn Olympic medals.
His dedication to research and individualization spurred him to open COR in 2011. Since 2011, Dr. John has been featured in Gizmodo, Motherboard, Stack Magazine, and much more.
He has worked with the numerous colleges and teams regarding rehab and performance. Before his Doctoral program, Dr. John swam on an athletic scholarship at Purdue University.
At Purdue, Dr. John was an Academic Honorable Mention All-American and was awarded the Red Mackey Award and R. O. Papenguh Award. He also won the Purdue Undergraduate business plan and elevator pitch competition, as well as 1st prize with the Indiana Soy Bean Alliance.
Dr. John was born in Centerville, Ohio and was a 24-time high school All-American Swimmer. Dr. John is still a swimmer and holds a Masters Swimming World and Pacific Swimming Record.
PERSONAL TRAINING WITH AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE
Michael Vaandering graduated from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology with a B.S. in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Michael grew up on the west side of Michigan, where he competed on his high school’s water polo team as well as the swimming and diving team. As a springboard diver, he earned all-state and all-American status.
During his junior and senior years, Michael used his experiences on the diving board to informally mentor the middle school diving team, including occasionally taking the role of interim coach.
During his college career, he was a member of the University of Michigan Men’s Swimming and Diving Team where he helped his team toward NCAA and BIG 10 Championships.
During that time he was also a coach for the local rock climbing team. He used these outlets to apply his knowledge of the underlying biomechanical principles involved in motor movement and performance to gain an edge over competitors and improve the strength and efficiency of his climbers.
Michael has also been published in the International Journal of Case Studies as well as the Journal of School Health for his research into the connection between physical activity and cognition.
As a supporter of lifelong sports and the many benefits that accompany them, Michael spends much of his time in such activities as tennis, squash, rock climbing, hiking, and swimming.
COR Front Desk Staff