Dr. Hannah Breal, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Daniel Island
Whatever you do, don’t ask Hannah where she’s from, she still doesn’t know how to answer. Originally from Louisiana, Hannah moved with her family to Tennessee when she was 10. She then moved to Columbia, SC to attend college at USC. After she left home, her parents moved from Tennessee to Mississippi. After finishing up her undergrad at USC she moved to Charleston to attend the Physical Therapy program at MUSC. Let’s just say she’s from the south.
Hannah played sports in high school (ie. ball girl) but ultimately had to quit due to health issues. To replace sports, she started working out on her own and she absolutely fell in love with exercise. When her 4 mile runs and Pinterest “killer ab and booty workouts” weren’t doing it anymore, she was reluctantly dragged into her first CrossFit gym.
Immediately she was hooked. She knew, right from the start, that she wanted to be more involved. She wanted to coach, and wanted to help people change their lives through exercise. Exercise and CrossFit provided such an impactful life change for her - physically and mentally - and she felt called to inspire others to do the same. She knew she was passionate about exercise, mental health, and movement as medicine. She always dreamed of making a career out of spreading this message, but didn’t know how.
On a medical mission trip to Ecuador, Hannah realized that most of her patients were experiencing pain and were unable to accomplish their daily physical demands. She knew so many of them would benefit from exercise, strength training, and in general moving more. From that point forward, Hannah knew she wanted to use her passions as a physical therapist.
Hannah dreamt of holistic healthcare where exercise and nutrition were prescribed first and where people learned they were strong, resilient, and adaptable. She wasn’t satisfied with the current traditional model where patients were told they were fragile and needed to be “fixed.” She fantasized about working in a CrossFit gym and being able to work with her patients individually to accomplish their goals. She wasn’t sure a place like this existed but she had a vision and she wasn’t going to settle for less.
Behold, as she was struggling with an injury, she found Made 2 Move Physical Therapy. Made 2 Move got her back in the gym and helped her crush her goals. She was drawn to the environment and their commitment to empowering patients. Hannah loved how Made 2 Move was all about helping people live fulfilling lives and she knew she wanted to be a part of it. Fast forward, a couple of years as a groupie, and Hannah is now on the Made 2 Move Team and actively living her dream!
Whether you’re injured, looking to improve your health, or seeking a new personal best – Hannah wants to be your go-to resource. Physical therapy doesn’t have to be post-injury and an injury doesn’t mean you have to stop actively pursuing your goals. As an athlete herself, Hannah understands what it takes to succeed and she understands how much hard work and dedication goes into reaching your goals. Hannah wants to be on your team to guide you, support you, and cheer you on!
Education & Credentials:
Precision Nutrition PN-L1, 2021
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, MUSC, 2020
CrossFit CF-L1, 2018
B.S. in Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Honors College, 2017