Owner of Joint and Spine PT
I was a freshman at West Chester East High School when I first heard about physical therapy. I was working out at the gym when I started conversing with a trainer. He explained the different areas of fitness and healthcare…Personal training, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine Physician, and Orthopedic Surgery. For some unexplained reason, I was interested in looking into the physical therapy world. In my high school years, I volunteered at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. It was then that I realized physical therapy was what I wanted to pursue in college and beyond.
After high school, I went on to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Afterward, I went to Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL to obtain my Master’s in Physical Therapy (1999).
The story of how Joint & Spine Physical Therapy came to be….. After working at 2 out patient physical therapy clinics in the area for 5 years and honing my skill, I decided to start the adventure of opening my own clinic. After about a year of planning, a clinic that was patient focused with individualized hands-on care was set to open. On May 15, 2005, Joint & Spine Physical Therapy in Newtown Square was open for business. My first patient was my mother. She underwent a double knee replacement in late April and she was ready for outpatient physical therapy the day the clinic opened. After Momma Z, I realized I needed to find more patients or my dream would not succeed. So I decided, instead of continuing the trend of visiting doctors and begging for business, I would go out to the public and show them what Joint & Spine Physical Therapy could offer to help their aches and pains, and limited function. So the marketing plan included setting up tables at 5k runs, golf tournaments and tennis centers and gyms and offer free screenings. After a few failed efforts of people not trusting ‘free screenings’, people started understanding how physical therapy could help whatever was interfering with their lives. And slowly over time new patients would start filling up the clinic. Over 14 years later, Joint & Spine Physical Therapy has grown to include two clinics still offering the individualized hands-on care for its patients.