Chris Pierce, Balance co-founder, earned his bachelor’s in Clinical Science at Ithaca College along with his master’s in Physical Therapy.
By completing a residency at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (an affiliate of Mass General and Boston University), Chris learned effective management of musculoskeletal disorders based on the Norwegian National Program in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Chris also completed an internship in Athletic Training at Montana State University.
Working as a physical therapist in Montana for several years, Chris served as Assistant Coach and Strength & Conditioning Specialist at Montana State University (for the men’s and women’s soccer teams). At Saint Vincent Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Billings, Montana, Chris treated athletes from Rocky Mountain College’s football, basketball, skiing, and soccer programs. As one of two physical therapists providing transitional living and outpatient care via Saint Vincent’s specialized rehabilitation program, Chris also treated patients with brain injuries.
At Balance, Chris works with a variety of people, including children with physical challenges, competitive athletes who have experienced injuries, and healthy adults seeking to enhance their strength and conditioning. His goal is to help every client perform at his or her highest ability, both in sports and in their overall lives. Chris is currently working on his certification in trigger point dry needling.
While at Ithaca, Chris met his wife Tanya, began his rugby career, and wrestled to 2 all-state honors and academic All-American honors. In 2006, Chris represented the United States of America as the team physical therapist for the under-19 national rugby team at the world championships in Durban, South Africa. Today, Chris is still a competitive rugby player with the Amoskeag Rugby Football Club and enjoys spending time with his family (Tanya, his daughter Kaya and son Will), especially outdoors.