September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Michael Roberts

Owner, physical therapist and strength coach, Central Mass Physical Therapy, Boylston

Birthplace: Springfield


Residence: Holden


High school: Springfield Central High School


Colleges and degrees earned:
Bachelor's degree, Westfield State
University; master's, American
International College

Career highlights: Started a physical therapy practice seven years ago in the middle of a recession, while training for Ironman triathlon and welcoming a baby. The real satisfaction is our office's success, consisting of the best employees one could ever ask for.

Community involvement: Regular supporter and sponsor of numerous local road races.

Ultimate career goal: To continuously grow as a mentor for my staff and learn as much as I can about how to help people achieve the best in terms of their physical status.

Non-relatives you admire most: Jackie Shakar and Neil Feldman

Favorite book: "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," by Stephen Covey

Hidden talents: I'm a three-time Ironman finisher and can work 15-hour shifts without any nutritional intake or bathroom breaks.

"If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … pay off debt; take my extended family, work colleagues and their families on a vacation; invest in my kids' college funds."

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