In 1967, Neil won two out of the three state championship races before enlisting to serve his country in the Army, where he continued to nurture his passion for cycling as part of the Army team. Six months and one spot short of making the Olympic team later, Neil was ordered to serve in Vietnam from 1968-1969. Upon returning to Michigan, Neil completed his BA in Social Science at Michigan State University.
Fast forward to 1973, and Neil could be found still very involved in bicycling, both as a coach of The Oakland Velo Team, and as a racer. He was also busy managing his own bike shop in Rochester, MI.
But as busy as this nationally ranked rider was, Neil took a friend’s suggestion to try a “Rolfing” session in order to improve on his performance. At that level, Neil says, a few percentage points can make all the difference in the outcome of a race.
“I won the state championships 13 times. And I was second in the national championships twice. Two times I came in third,” Neil says. “So the Rolfing really boosted my performance on the bike in that sense.”
It wasn’t long before Neil decided to expand his bike-shop Rolfing practice to a more formal setting. But in order to do that, he knew he needed to go back to school. By 1995, Neil had not only completed his basic physical therapy requirements, but had also completed his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. At just 50-years-young, Neil was again a college grad.
From there, Neil worked for three years at Providence Hospital before starting his own practice in 1998. Neil King Physical Therapy moved to its current location in 2005.
His most rewarding moments come, he says, when working on patients who have tried to seek relief elsewhere. At Neil King Physical Therapy, his patients are made to feel welcome by the friendly front-office staff before finding relief through the skilled physical therapists.
“They are still in a lot of pain and through the combined efforts of all of our therapists, we are able to not only alleviate the pain, but also figure out the root cause,” he says. “It is extremely rewarding. I cannot tell you how many letters we have gotten from our patients telling us that they have their lives back again. It is really a neat feeling.”
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