The Team

Dr. Chad is Founder and CEO of NRG Physiotherapy. He loves educating coaches and athletes on how to optimize movement and mobility to increase performance and overall health, wellness, and fitness. He is a Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach, Mobility WOD Movement and Mobility Specialist, and Titleist Performance Institute Certified. He is also fully certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. He has advanced knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics that allow in depth evaluations that have proven successful in helping people get out of pain quickly, restore functional movement, avoid surgery, and return to the activities they love.

Dr. Chad earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Harding University in 2014. Since graduating he has continued to grow in knowledge and skills as a clinician and an athlete. Chad is an avid lifter and golfer. Even though golf and CrossFit are Chad’s passions, he is first, a husband to Jenna, father to his two boys, Keller and Carter second, and an athlete at a distant third. Aside from golf and fitness, Chad also enjoys biking, basketball, playing guitar, and an ice cold glass of milk.

Dr. Cara Hays graduated from Noblesville High School in 2009 and continued her education at Indiana University. Throughout her childhood and teen years, she was a dancer.  She went from competing at a high level to having no opportunity to advance. This is when Cara was introduced to strength and conditioning through Hoosier CrossFit. As she grew and learned more, Cara decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Throughout her studies she became more interested in strength sports and, eventually, physical therapy. She loved the idea of combining health care and fitness in order to help others return to doing what they love. During her junior year of college, she experienced a shoulder subluxation and labral tear, which resulted in her needing physical therapy treatment. As part of the healing process, she was instructed to discontinue all weightlifting to give the injury ample time to fully heal. Throughout her treatment, she struggled with believing that there was no safe exercise she could do, and she found a huge disconnect between ending her therapy and returning to normal life. As a result, she felt called to continue with her physical therapy studies so that she could be the person to fill this void for others.

Cara went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Indiana University in 2016. She then worked in outpatient orthopedics for two years. This is where she gained experience working with rotator cuff repairs, joint replacements, biomechanical abnormalities, chronic low back and neck pain, and balance and gait impairment. Today, she has a special interest in managing acute injury, assisting athletes return to their sport, and decreasing the likelihood of experiencing future injury. When she’s not helping someone rehab thier snatch, clean, deadlift or squat, Cara loves spending time with friends and family, exploring Indianapolis, cooking, and reading.

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