It was only his junior year in high school when Drew decided his life passion was to start his own physical therapy clinic. “I always knew exactly what I wanted to do,” he said. This intuition was confirmed after major knee and shoulder surgeries; his experience as a physical therapy patient launched his drive to build a new, innovative physical therapy clinic.
His experience as an athlete fuels his practice as a physical therapist. Drew swam competitively from age six to 26. Drew graduated high school as a first team All-American swimmer and was recruited as a member of the University of Kansas swim team. During his tenure at KU, he achieved many accolades, including first team all-Big 12, University school record holder and qualifier for the 2000 Olympic Trial. Following his competitive career, he coached for the Jayhawk Swim Team, Air Force Academy Club Team and Blue Valley North High School swim team.
As an athlete, “I’ve never been a Michael Phelps,” Drew says. “I’ve never been the most talented or the best physically in the pool. But I came to realize early, how to learn and grow is by watching the best, studying how they do it and being the best technical swimmer possible. That, with my desire to see just how far I could push myself, helped me to be successful in the pool.”
Drew attended Creighton University and graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005. He has practiced as a licensed Physical Therapist in Kansas City since 2005, fulfilling his lifelong dream in 2007 when he opened Sport + Spine (now TruMove). Today, he combines his athletic experience with his physical therapy knowledge. “I’ve always been able to see movement well,” Drew says, “and I’ve always been focused on motion and function.”
Since then, he has devoted his time to both the development of TruMove and his professional education. Immediately following school, he received certification as a spine specialist though the McKenzie Institute. He also became a movement specialist though the Gray Institute, and was one of Kansas City’s first Nike Golf Performance Specialists. In 2014, Drew and fellow therapist Kim Erisman became the first physical therapists in Kansas City to receive their Dry Needling Certification. Together, Kim and Drew were the driving force to bring Dry Needling to all therapists and to the people of Kansas.
Drew married Emily in 2005, and they have two daughters, Ella Grace and Ivy Lee. Outside TruMove, Drew enjoys spending time on their new family farm in Louisburg, KS and also enjoys swimming, mountain biking and golfing.