Brando Lakes is from the small desert town of Joshua Tree, California. “Yes, people are from there!”
He decided to become a physical therapist at a young age. After his mother suffered a terrible ankle injury during his senior year of high school, she underwent a transformative rehabilitation in PT–from couch potato to fitness junkie. Amazed by the power of treatment to help create healthy lifestyle changes, Brando was all in.
“I learned very early on that physical therapy isn’t about just getting someone back on their feet, or to their prior level of function. It’s about getting them past that . . . I want my clients to overcome obstacles or behaviors that prevent them from becoming a stronger, healthier version of themselves.”
While attending California State University of East Bay, Brando worked closely with Athletic Trainers on the Sports Medicine Team, was involved in research with graduate students and professors, and gained invaluable experience in pediatric and aquatic therapy.
He then came to New York to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University. Brando completed an Advanced Neurorehabilitation Track while there, and has been certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, buttressing his ability to treat a wide-range of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal impairments.
“My goal for each patient is to provide them with control over their pain and lifestyle.”
Brando is not only an expert in his field, but also an accomplished writer and painter. A sports enthusiast, he loves football, basketball, soccer, softball, hiking and swimming.
Known by friends and family as a calming influence, it’s worth noting that he’s relatively unplugged: “I don’t do the internet.” No wonder this small town guy puts people at ease!