6 QUESTIONS for John Fainsan, Physical Therapist & Salsa Dancer
1.What brought you to Colorado?
I'm from Yonkers NY, a town just north of NYC. My wife and I came here for a wedding in 2005 and fell in love with the mountains. We were finally able to move out in late 2007 after a lot of planning.
2.What made you decide to become a physical therapist?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. In high school, my friend needed a ride to his physical therapy appointment. I gave him a ride and went with him to his appointment and liked what I saw. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, I just didn't know where. Also, I am really into fitness, so physical therapy was a good fit.
3.What are your hobbies?
I have a few. I love snowboarding in the winter time. My favorite place is Blue Sky Basin in Vail.
I also like to dance. I dance Salsa and have recently started learning Lindy Hop Swing. I think everyone should know how to dance. I think it's a life skill that everyone should know, especially men. For men, it teaches you how to treat a lady properly.
The big hobby that takes up most of my time is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's a grappling martial art that employs a lot of strategy. I love the physicality of jiu jitsu. It's made me tough both physically and mentally. It lets me know what I'm made of. It has also taught me to problem solve quickly in response to changing situations.
4.What or who motivates you?
My co-workers motivate me. It's such an honor to work with accomplished and talented people. They say that steel sharpens steel. Working side by side with them makes me a better therapist. I learn something new everyday. I feel like I'm part of a dream team.
5.What is your favorite place in Colorado or the world?
I've travelled some and there's too many to name. I love Gimmelwald, Switzerland, it's like a postcard everywhere you look. I love Barcelona, Spain it's a very vibrant city with great art and food. Cinque Terre in Italy has great hiking and reminds me of how simple life can be. Monteverde, Costa Rica is a great place to be one with nature.
6. What's one thing most people don't know about you that they would find shocking?
I was a 5th grade spelling bee champ in my school and I beat out all the 6th graders.