Gaelen was born and raised in Fairfield, a small town in southeast Iowa. He completed his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, then a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Gaelen grew up a multi-sport athlete and developed a passion for biomechanics and anatomy at a young age, which initially led him to pursue a career in physical therapy. He has really come to love PT because it allows him to interact with such a wide variety of different people. Each injury presents individual challenges and affects people’s lives in different ways. Gaelen enjoys problem solving and finding solutions to these problems to allow patients to meet their goals and live life to the fullest. In his free time, Gaelen likes to go trail running, camping, and just about anything outdoors related. He also likes seeing live music, trying out new and different types of food, or just relaxing at home with a good book or movie.