Preston Ward, PT, DPT, OCS
Founder and Owner of MTN PHYSIO, LLC
Preston grew up at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City. His first memories of the outdoors at the age of 3 or 4 include him riding on the back of mules and horses deer hunting wearing a sleeping bag to stay warm. He grew up having a fascination for the outdoors. He played various sports including baseball, lacrosse, football, snowboarding, and mule riding. His passion from a young age was camping and hunting. He took his first buck at the age of 14 where he and his brother stalked over a mile to get within yards of his muzzleloader buck. At the age of 17 he drew a coveted limited entry elk tag. As it would go this was an archery tag…. the caveat…. Preston didn’t own a bow and hadn’t ever shot a bow. Instead of returning the tag to the draw he purchased a bow and practiced everyday. He learned the art of bowhunting and recognized the hours of practice it takes to get proficient. After too many close calls, a few misses, his Dad right next to him, and a bull within 20 yards he finally connected on a beautiful 350 inch bull. This is where his passion for archery began and he will admit he has been addicted ever since.
As he grew up he began to have a love for learning both academically and physically. He attended the University of Utah to receive a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science/Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish Language Studies. He pursued higher education obtaining his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and being accepted as only 1 of 4 Orthopedic residents. He completed his year long residency in his home state where he had rotations at both the University of Utah and Salt Lake City VA Hospital. After studying for over a year he became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the ABPTS. He is an active member of the APTA and participates in regular research. He has furthered his education by learning the art of trigger point dry needling (TPDN), manual therapy skills, pain science, personal training, strength and conditioning. He has worked with collegiate, professional and olympic athletes, presented and published research, taught graduate students, and exceeded patients expectations.
When not in the clinic, Preston enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his beautiful wife Kim, their sweet little girl Prestly, their dog Holly, mule Millie, a pair of binos, his bow and arrow and a good set of hiking boots.