Rock Star of the Month: Christopher Lee


We love our staff. That’s why we wanna talk about them. Each month, we will feature a different staffy we think is cool (they all are, by the way) so you can see what really makes MaxWell Medical so unique.

This month, the hot spot goes to Christopher Lee, our Director of Physical Therapy. Marathon runner, biker, snowboarder, and…  Salsa dancer?  Chris Lees personal experiences have made him passionate about caring for and educating his patients on how to maintain strength and flexibility as well as minimize recurrence of injury. But there is more to this man then just strength bands and knee braces.

So then who really is Chris Lee? Who is the man behind the white polo shirt, and green crocs that we all know and love? Well we sat down with him and asked him a few questions to see if we could learn some fun facts about our head of Physical Therapy.

1. What are some interests or hobbies you have when you’re not at work?

I love staying active, so running, biking, golf, dancing and traveling are all a huge part of my life. I recently completed the New York marathon in 2007, and I have traveled as far as Australia which was amazing place to see.

2. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try for fun that you haven’t had the time for yet?

There are many things but if I had to narrow it down to one, then I would like to compete in the iron man triathlon. It really seems like the ultimate physical challenge.

3. What was the worst injury you ever received and how did it happen?

I completely dislocated my shoulder while snowboarding. That was really intense!! And it took 4 months to completely heal.

4. What is one piece of advice you would give to the average New Yorker about keeping their bodies healthy and injury free?

Many people now are stretching now but very few remember to warm up prior to stretching, don’t stretch a cold muscle! You can end up doing more harm than good. And always remember to stay hydrated, with around 10 – 12 glasses of water a day. Believe it or not this will keep your muscles more flexible and increase your performance and energy level throughout the day!

5. Finally, you have been many places, what’s next on your list if you could go anywhere with no strings attached?

Actually I would love to visit Asia if I ever get the chance. Especially China, It would be great to get in touch with my roots a little bit.

If you have any questions for Chris, please comment on this blog post. Or you can post a question on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Chris wants to hear from you!

Runner’s Envy: Post Marathon

The brisk chill in the air could not keep the 40,000 runners away from this weekend’s annual ING NYC Marathon. The participants, ranging from 18 up to 80 years old, ran in hopes of winning the grand cash prize and others to simply cross the finish line achieving a life-long goal. The ING NYC Marathon is renown world wide and pulls in people from all over. Whether participating or cheering on these resilient individuals, the marathon can be truly inspiring. Check out some of these inspiring marathon stories!

Although the 26.2 mile run can be an extremely difficult challenge, it is not impossible. With perserverance one can begin training now to gradually build up their endurance in order to meet the qualifications to become a participant in next year’s big race.

Thinking about training for NYC Marathon 2011? Here are some tips to get you going:

  • First and foremost, make sure you check out what you need to do in order to register and qualify for the race. Check out the NYRR for application instructions.
  • Small changes in your daily diet, such as incorporating complex carbohydrates, lean protein and raw fruits and vegetables gives you the energy to complete long endurance runs. Here are some great tips on how to create a diet plan that will help achieve your running goals.
  • Begin your physical training at least 16 weeks before you plan on running the marathon to ensure your body is properly prepared for running the distance. Before any run and upon completion, stretching is of the utmost importance for your muscles. Wearing running shoes that fits your foot and body position are equally important. Go over to Jack Rabbit where they’ll actually watch your running stride to help determine the perfect sneaker for you.
  • Start slowly; begin with a shorter distance and build up to longer runs while working on your strides.
  • lists some amazing advice on how to create your own personal program for training for a marathon. Also, check out Runners World for some great tips about training too.

Battling the marathon may be daunting to some but knowing that you have achieved a goal that you have worked hard for is not only rewarding but could also inspire others! Good luck and see you pounding pavement!