Who We Are
SPI’s founders have used their 30+ years of combined experience in the sports medicine and sports performance fields to develop the highest quality programs for thousands of athletes. We have trained and treated athletes along the continuum from being severely injured to performing at the most elite levels.
Our backgrounds, expertise, and use of evidence-based research have allowed us to see how and why the human machine breaks down. We have gone on to discover, implement, and improve on the methods to Better The Machine.
Easton Germain, MPT, OCS, CSCS
The Sports Performance Institute was founded by Easton Germain. As Director of Physical Therapy at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, Easton realized the need for sports performance and injury prevention strategies from a credible source. His athletes were always asking questions about how to get bigger, faster, stronger, as well as ways to stay out of the training room or physical therapy. So, Easton started the Sports Performance Institute to bring the right answers to a broader audience.
Easton received his Master in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 1996. Prior to that, Easton graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA where he was a member of their Division I men’s varsity soccer team. He is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Easton has acquired an extensive and effective array of sports-specific strategies and skills during his long tenure in the sports performance and sports medicine fields. Easton has designed programs, rehabilitated and trained many top-level athletes including members of: NBA, NFL, DC United, Washington Freedom, Mens and Womens National Soccer Teams, Canadian Football League, as well as elite-level gymnastics and other intercollegiate and high school athletes.
Tom Stott, PTA, CPT
Tom recently relocated to Colorado but will occasionally lend his tremendous insight to the Sports Performance Institute in a consultant capacity. Tom attended the University of Maryland and then graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Montgomery College in Takoma Park. Tom practiced in the Germantown location of Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, where he worked with patients of all ages and athletic-caliber. He is also certified as a Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Running Coach by the USATF and the Road Runners Club of America.
Tom ran track and cross country through high school and at the University of Maryland. Though talented in high school, he learned that it takes a special athlete to compete in Division I collegiate running. After fighting for a varsity spot for two years, Tom transitioned to the sport of triathlon, competing for the Maryland Multisport Club. He has since returned to a running-based race schedule and currently competes for the Falls Road Running Team out of Baltimore, Maryland.
Tom diversifies his own work outs as much as possible, running 5 times per weeks, participating in rock climbing, CrossFit, and other endeavors. Having acquired a number of overuse injuries throughout his career, Tom recognizes the importance of injury prevention. He also knows that the average athlete does not have the luxuries afforded to the professional one, yet he understands that every athlete expects to perform like one.
Jonathan Kim graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010. He then completed Montgomery College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program with honors in the spring of 2013. He is currently enrolled into the Doctorate of Physical of Therapy program at Neumann University. Jonathan is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists and works between the Germantown and Bethesda clinics. Jonathan’s primary focus on training is to educate/re-educate the body how to move effectively and efficiently for optimal sports performance. He is certified in assessing body movements by using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and TPI (golf assessment) to analyze areas of dysfunction.
Jonathan’s current certifications include:
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialists (PES)
- Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Titleist Performance Institute Certified
- Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Fitness
- Graston Technique Certified Provider (M1 & M2)
- Rock Tape Functional Movement Technique Basic and Performance Certified (FMT-C)
- ACE Cupping Certified Therapist
Throughout his years as a PTA, Jonathan has created programs and gained strategies to help treat and prevent injuries. He has trained and designed programs for all types of athletes ranging from weekend warriors to collegiate athletes. He specializes in rotational and overhand athletes (golfers, baseball and softball players, swimmers, etc.) but is proficient in working with all types of athletes.
Nicole joins the Sports Performance Institute in mainly an administrative capacity for her communications expertise. She will help lend a voice to SPI to promote it in the community. She works full-time at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. Nicole ran her own small business, MJG Communications, a public relations/consulting firm for non-profit organizations.
Nicole has always been very active throughout her life, becoming more interested in running over the last 10 years. She has run several 5Ks, half marathons, and relay marathons. She enjoys the challenge of maintaining a competitive pace during races and her weekend runs.