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Meet Drew Morcos of Motus Specialists Physical Therapy in Newport Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Morcos.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Drew. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been involved in sports for my entire life. I had dreams like many others that I too would one day compete at the highest level of sports. I quickly woke up from that fantasy and realized that if wanted to be involved in highest level of sports, I would have to do it in other ways and maybe that meant being the medical provider for the teams. This is when I realized I loved Sports Medicine. I originally took an Anatomy Course in high school and fell in love with it. I came to me rather easily compared to my classmates so I realized that this might be something for me.

After graduating high school, I went to UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for my undergraduate degree mainly because they have one of the top Sports Medicine and Kinesiology programs for Athletic Training. There I learned all about sports medicine and got to work first hand with Division 1 collegiate athletes while working as a student athletic trainer. I was traveling with different sports teams and working one on one with all sorts of sports that I loved. I knew that this was my calling. Following my undergrad work and becoming and Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), I was very fortunate to get one year internship with an NFL team. There I realized that I wanted to learn more educationally and clinically due to a profound and well respected physical therapist who was working with the team. I realized I needed to go back to school and get my Physical Therapy License to make that happen.

I attended USC (University of Southern California) the #1 rated PT program in the nation. I learned as much as I could from PT school and following graduation, I enrolled in an Orthopedic Residency following by a Sports Residency the next year with Kaiser Permanente, a leading proponent of higher education and very qualified mentors. I was then very fortunate to work for the USC Athletic Department as the Director of Rehabilitation for all 21 Division Sports. My office was back again in the training room, like how it all started when I was a student athletic trainer. After 5 years working football, tennis, soccer, basketball and all the other sports, I decided to leave and open my own physical therapy facility in Orange County. I began working with professional athletes in the NFL, NBA and ATP. I was traveling a bunch and seeing hard working fitness fanatics in the clinic.

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?
There are always challenges when you want to be successful. For me, it was more a struggle to make sure to work hard and keep learning and educating myself. I started my family after graduating PT school, so the challenge was to have a good work-life balance which is very important.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My physical therapy company is MOTUS Specialists Physical Therapy. We specialize in finding the source of the client’s pain and not just treat the site of the pain.

We look at specific movement patterns that our clients do on a regular basis and from there we complete a full assessment using video analysis and state of the art equipment and technology to help get our clients back doing what they love. We are known for our unique ways of blending primitive patterns to the adult or the athlete. Knowing that during the first year of life, babies have an innate interaction to move without any pain or compensation nor without anybody teaching them, such as how to crawl, turn over, start walking. At MOTUS, we incorporate those innate patterns into sequences and exercises to have the client “turn on” those patterns in the brain to avoid compensation and pain. Breathing is a huge aspect of what we do because everything is based off this initial stabilization.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Physical Therapy is great in any city. Does not matter if you are looking to treat athletes, kids, or the elderly, our field is needed anywhere. If you’re thinking of starting your own physical therapy business, Orange County is a great place to get started and thinking forward.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 100 East MacArthur Blvd Santa Ana, CA 92707 Rooftop at the Marke
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  • Phone: 949-891-1325
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