Nate Bower – PT, DPT, SCS

Nate is the founder and sole physical therapist at Uncommon Physical Therapy. He is residency-trained, and board-certified in sports physical therapy, with special interests in prevention, performance and recovery as it relates the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Nate has been in the Birmingham area for nearly twelve years. He earned his doctorate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and shortly after obtained his board-certification as a Sports Clinical Specialist.

For the better part of his career, Nate was a part of the team at Champion Sports Medicine. Through that experience, he was fortunate to have developed many meaningful relationships with world-renown physical therapists, physicians and athletic trainers, all of whom were instrumental to his learning. He gained experience working with athletes of all levels, aided in the development of continuing education courses for staff, helped implement special interest programs for running-related injuries and ACL injuries for the community, and served as team specialist at Samford University. Over the last several years, he had the opportunity to join the acute therapy team at UAB, where he served as staff physical therapist working in various settings including orthopedics, trauma, cardiovascular, and even COVID units during the initial phases of the pandemic. He remains active in academics, serving as both a lecturer and lab assistant in the UAB DPT program, and is currently involved in clinical research within the UAB health system.

Like many in the sports medicine field, Nate has a passion for athletics. Growing up, he was a multi-sport athlete, competing in hockey, baseball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis. Eventually, he played baseball at the collegiate level, but has remained highly involved with these and other sports to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. It is through those experiences that Nate strongly advocates for multi-sport participation.

Although a Minnesota native, Nate along with his wife Meagan, their children Ben and Betsy, and their Labrador retriever Izzy, now call Birmingham home. It is through his strong faith, his supportive family, and wonderful friends, that have all brought him on this uncommon journey.

“You can’t be common. The common man goes nowhere. You have to be uncommon.”

-Herb Brooks

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