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Meet Dr. John Cory of Arizona Institute of Motion

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. John Cory.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up playing soccer from the age of six and was an avid Tampa Bay Rowdies fan. I continued playing soccer for my first two seasons at Wake Forest University, which allowed me to have the opportunity to play for several of the finest coaches on the East Coast. After hanging up my cleats, my lifelong interest focused on sports movement, conditioning, nutrition, and sports injuries.

I became the strength coach at Wake Forest University. Receiving my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, I worked for a series of exercise and cardiac rehabilitation facilities. This allowed me to be involved in the physical training of three NASCAR teams which included, developing a nutritious menu with the major restaurant chain and one of the NASCAR drivers, and training the NASCAR Winston Cup champion in the early 1990s.

Through these actions, I participated in the first NASCAR team to have a sports medicine program. I returned to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for medical school at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University where my lifelong interest continued as I pursued and worked on various research projects, musculoskeletal care, and sports injuries.

Continuing my training at the renowned American Sports Medical Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama I was afforded the opportunity to work with renowned surgeons such as Dr. John Gould, Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Larry Lemak, Dr. William Clancy and fellows from multiple countries.

I then spent several years as the Director of the Northern Utah Sports, Foot, and Ankle Center while additionally providing care to the athletes of Weber State University, Wyoming University, the Canadian ski team, and numerous extreme athletes including motocross, mountain biking, ice climbing, and snowboarding to include halfpipe athletes.

In the early 2000’s, I decided to escape the white snow-capped mountains for the desert scenery of ‘The Valley’ and have been here since, with the exception of one year where I returned to ASMI to assist Dr. Angus McBryde in teaching the fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.

I have been fortunate to work with some of the finest sports physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other orthopedic surgeons and have been involved with athletes from USA Gymnastics, USA rugby, USA soccer, USA track and field, the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Coyotes, multiple Major League Baseball teams during spring training, ASU athletics, and Barca Academy US, Ballet Arizona and Master Ballet.

I believe that the true practice of medicine includes teaching and I have continued to teach through ASU’s pre-health sciences program as a community educator, Assistant Professor UACOM-P, Department of Orthopedics, and even involving high school and junior high school students that show a dedicated interest toward the healthcare field in the future.

The Socratic method has continued to guide me in practicing the art of medicine within his community, while I give back to the next generation of physicians. My wife Kelly and I have three sons along with two dogs, one of whom is Achilles The Great and is an emotional support dog for the office. Achilles is typically in the office 2 to 3 days a week with me and has become the patient favorite in the office.

My interest in soccer has grown and flourished throughout the years. I have volunteered for four years at Grande Sports Academy with Real Salt Lake and the Barca Academy USA as the supervising physician.

I continue working with high-level soccer in developmental academies, travel and recreational teams here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area with Phoenix Rising Youth Football Club, RSL AZ, GCU Club teams, RUSH and more. I have been appointed one of the two US soccer physicians in Phoenix over the last five years and has been the on-field surgeon for eight international soccer games including the Gold Cup and Copa America Centenario, as well as covering local US soccer training events and coaching seminars.

Through my love and dedication to soccer and my passion within the medical field, I believe that my purpose has come full circle as I use my knowledge and expertise to guide young athletes in not only recovering from an injury but also in the prevention of injury through optimized movement, rehabilitation of poorly adapted injury patterns and improved athleticism.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The current landscape of medicine is exceedingly challenging as I believe that the true practice of medicine, including the oath to teach and give back the knowledge that’s been learned, is falling away from the general community physician. Such small offices find it to be a struggle to keep up with the multitude of government regulations that are multiplying on a yearly basis.

There are a lot of studies to show that doctors are reaching burn out at a very high rate early in their career. This is due to the regulatory and administrative work that may make up 35% of our time currently. I have been through a period where the frustration of the business of medicine was exceedingly challenging and in fact impacting my ability to provide the very best care that I could.

Through self-study, mentorship and most importantly returning to my reason I have been able to overcome the periods of frustration. I have become a physician to put the patient first, then by putting the practice of medicine on a pedestal and the business of medicine far away from that, I’ve been able to dedicate myself and the mission of my practice to truly treating the patient in a patient-centric model that benefits them above all else.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Arizona Institute of Motion – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Arizona Institute of Motion was founded specifically to create an entire concept and brand around patient movement. We work to bring people towards wellness and their best functionality. Our practice is an orthopedic surgery practice first and foremost. We see any and all concerns of the Musculoskeletal system.

I am a fellowship trained foot and ankle specialist and treat birth defects, gait disturbances, injuries, overuse, trauma and the degenerative problems of all patients. My personal areas of hyper-interest include optimization of human locomotion, overuse injuries, and injuries in athletes/athletic patients. I am or have served as the team sports medicine foot and ankle surgeon for four of the five professional men’s teams in Phoenix, in addition to countless colleges, youth sports, international dancers and gymnasts.

Though many people think of an orthopedic surgeon who has a subspecialty interest in foot and ankle and a further interest in sports injuries would be considered a subspecialist, our practice focuses on being a community physician practice. I continue to see patients with all types of Orthopedic Maladies, particularly issues with movement and pain resulting from Orthopedic Maladies, and in the last year got to treat patients from four-days-old to 103 years-old in my office.

Being interested in human locomotion, the concept of having a pediatric practice that helps young patients move better and learn to use proper biomechanics before maturation is true preventative medicine and likely comes out of my interest in exercise physiology and sports wellness beginning during my college days as a high-level athlete.

The focus of my office is always on the patient, and I am most proud of the fact that I am now beginning to see children of patients that I have treated here in the Valley. Getting to watch people participate in their passion following treatment is my single greatest day of the treatment process.

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