Ann and Chris Fredricks, Creators of FST have been his greatest mentors. They opened his eyes and mind to the vast possibilities of Fascial Stretching and how it can aid in speeding recovery and preventing injury.
Tom considers it a great fortune growing up in a family with both a sister and uncle with disabilities. His older sister was born with complications and suffered brain injuries at birth which caused mental disabilities, and his uncle who was born with Spina Bifida. Unfortunately his uncle passed away from cancer in 1998, but he was a daily inspiration; even if others saw him as having a disability, he accomplished more than most people would. Tom’s older sister inspires him as well- she lives a very active and fulfilled life, even after doctors told her she would never be able to walk. His greatest inspiration today is his son Dean who was born with Spina Bifida as well. These influences drive Tom to provide a better, healthier life for his family and to become a better therapist so that he may help him live an extraordinary life.
Tom feels that his true gift with clients are his hands and intuition as a therapist. He feels an uncanny way of intuitively feeling what is wrong in respect to the body alignments and overall balance. His preference is to use a combination of Deep Tissue Massage and Fascial Release Massage and Fascial Stretching techniques during treatments.