Little Victories

PT Ethan Burger Says Small Goals Lead to Big Accomplishments

February 23, 2018

When he was 15, Ethan Burger realized he couldn’t move his elbow. When an MRI and an X-ray didn’t reveal anything, he visited a physical therapist who, not only helped him recover, but gave him the idea of pursuing a career in physical therapy.

“Physical therapy is about putting the body back together,” explained Burger, a graduate of Touro College School of Health Sciences (SHS) Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a therapist and clinical supervisor at Star Physical Therapy. “It’s taking someone with an injury and helping them get back to where they were before their injury.”

After graduating the College of Charleston, Burger attended SHS’s DPT program in Manhattan.

“The professors were awesome, we had a great class size and we were in a great location,” stated Burger. “My professors inspired me to become the person I am today.”

Since graduating, he has worked as a physical therapist Star Physical Therapy in New York City, where he had one of his internships as a doctoral candidate. He also pursued additional certification as an athletic trainer and a sports specialist. In addition, to his work at Star Physical Therapy, Burger indulges in his love of sports by taking care of a Rugby team, the New York Athletic Club. (Some players call him coach!)

“With our patients, we’re always working towards their goals—whether it’s moving a knee a bit more or being able to walk again,” Burger explained.

Part of his success, Burger believes, is his focus on the small accomplishments his patients make during each visit.

“It’s the little victories that make people’s days, weeks and lives,” said Burger.

Burger loves hearing from his patients after their treatment is completed. He especially likes receiving photographs of them doing the activities they love—playing baseball, hockey and skiing—that they are once again able to enjoy.