Brandon Hafft rejoined the Highland Park IBJI team in November 2019. Brandon grew up in Buffalo Grove, IL, and attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Growing up, he participated in many sports, and was affected by several injuries which led to frequent visits to his physical therapist. His experiences as a patient motivated him to pursue a career that would allow him to give back to others what he had received. He understands and values the gravity that comes with treating patients when they feel vulnerable, both physically and mentally. Brandon started his pursuit at Indiana University – Bloomington, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. There, he was a founding father of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, and he served as a designee to the Dean of Students on the highly exclusive Indiana University Student Organization Ethics Board. As lead adjudicator for disciplinary cases amongst student organizations, local community and law enforcement, Brandon was responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct and overseeing the campus judicial process. After graduating from Indiana University, he worked with the Highland Park IBJI team as a Rehabilitation Technician.
Brandon went on to Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. As a spokesman on behalf of his Doctoral program, he advocated for the physical therapy profession and promoted the pro bono services that were available to the underserved community. After being nominated by his professors and peers, he spoke at his cohort’s White Coat Ceremony and he delivered the student commencement speech at his graduation. Brandon’s last clinical rotation was at Highland Park IBJI and he is excited to be back in his new role.