Dr. Mike Fernandes,
My interest in physical therapy evolved from my passion for sports and human performance as a high school and college athlete. Back and ankle injuries ended my athletic career, but jumpstarted my long-term career. I was motivated to understand my own conditions, why they occurred, and how I could fix them. My personal and college studies exposed me to the world of human movement and performance. I knew I wanted to work in the health field and share my knowledge with others, but I did not know until later how I would do it.
I graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Exercise Science in 2009, and went on to manage fitness centers for several years. I felt unfulfilled and made the decision to return to school in order to pursue a career that allowed me to truly help others. I chose physical therapy based on my personal interests in human performance, desire to help others, and the personal nature of physical therapy care.
I completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Widener University in 2017. I had the privilege of serving in a volunteer position on the student board of the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic where we promote access to care for underserved communities. I also had the opportunity to perform a ten-week internship at two hospitals in Italy. I have a personal interest in patient advocacy and improving access to care. I enjoy treating a range of conditions, particularly those related to the spine and shoulder.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, particularly my large group of nieces and nephews. Most of my jokes are stolen from them. I also enjoy recreational sports.
Dr. Mike Fernandes is currently seeing patients in our West Chester office. He may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (610) 430-3545.