Our very own Chaz Jackson isn't just an excellent Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), he's also an author and motivational speaker.
Chaz, a former student-athlete of Western Carolina University, earned his dual Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Sales of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in 2010. He decided to return back to school and pursue his passion in 2015 by earning his Physical Therapy Assistant degree from South College of Asheville. Chaz has experience working as a travel/contract therapist assistant and has gained knowledge in long term, acute and orthopedic care. While he enjoys the opportunity aquatic therapy provides in improving quality of life and activity in patients of all ages; his passion is rehabilitation of athletes for return to sport. Other interests include spending time with his wife and daughters as well as contributing to the community as a youth speaker to promote successful and positive life change. He is an inspiring author and loves staying active indoors/outdoors by running and weightlifting.
Recently Chaz was featured in the Citizen Times and we'd like to share the article, as well as his personal website and applaud him for the good work he is doing for our community. Thank you, Chaz, for bringing your positivity everyday to your colleagues and your patients here at Southeastern.
Chaz Jackson's personal website: https://chazjacksonspeaks.org
Citizen Times excerpt (full article here):
Chazeray "Chaz" Jackson knows how important it is for a child to have someone believe in them — and remind them that they can achieve greatness in life, no matter what their current circumstances are.
Growing up in rural Rutherford County, North Carolina, daily life was full of ups and downs, and Jackson struggled. Like many kids, he was bullied and picked on, which led to plenty of “red-flag” behaviors. But with some help and guidance along the way, he was able to stay true to the voice inside his head that reminded Jackson that he was worthy of greatness.
He went on to earn a football scholarship to Western Carolina University — and he graduated with dual degrees in 2010 — but Jackson struggled as a young adult to outrun the experiences of his youth. He experienced low confidence, self-esteem problems and substance abuse, and he eventually was incarcerated due to poor behavior and decision making.
Photo Credit: Melissa McElrath Photography