"You're body is like a car: The longer you're using it the more things are going to break down," said Morea, 31. "You need a therapist to help you live a better quality of life."
At Bay Terrace Physical Therapy, Morea can remedy a range of body kinks, from sports injuries to spine and orthopedic discomfort.
The Whitestone resident is qualified to treat back, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, hand and foot problems.
His work is divided between helping injured patients regain their mobility and diagnosing and soothing sudden, unexplained discomforts.
"A lot of people walking around with pain - they should know people can help," Morea said.
The Middle Village native first became interested in physical therapy in his teens, when his grandfather was invalid after a stroke. A physical therapist helped him walk again, allowing him to become self-sufficient. Morea was impressed.
Years later he was drifting during his freshman year at Adelphi University, unsure of a career path. A baseball and basketball jock in high school, he knew he wanted to do something in sports. His mother suggested physical therapy and took him to Manhattan to talk with a family friend who had a practice there. He liked what he saw and set out on the path that would lead him to opening his own therapy practice a decade later.
The married father of one has been practicing for seven years. After getting his doctorate, he worked for nearly four years at Island Sports Physical Therapy in Glen Cove, L.I. He went out on his own about three years ago, starting his out-call service, Home Physical Care.
He purchased the lot for Bay Terrace Physical Therapy at 13-03 Bell Blvd. in 2001 and opened his practice there last December.
Business is good and he loves his job.
"There's nothing I've come across that I'd want to do other than physical therapy," Morea said. "I love the challenge of getting somebody better."
He tackles that challenge in a facility equipped with everything needed to diagnose, mend and strengthen stiff joints and crooked spines.
Reach reporter Matthew Monks by e-mail at email@example.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 156.
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