Kinetic PT - May 2019

MAY 2019

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and grace that blows me away. Witnessing these incredible acts of giving and emotional support day in and day out drove home this deep sense of gratitude, both for Emilie and my mother. Seeing my wife’s efforts for our kids has made me realize just how hard my own mom worked for me when I was their age. There are times I see that Zach or Nathan don’t appreciate all their mom does for them, but I try not to hold it against them. After all, I was the same way when I was younger. But I also recognize how responsible they are becoming under their mom’s tutelage. Hopefully, with time, they’ll come to understand how lucky they are. At the office, my wife and my mom are the consummate professionals. They excel at their work, and our patients love them. Not only do the three of us work well together, but we get the whole extended family together to do things outside work, as well. Contrary to what you see on reality TV, you can have a family business without drama. I can’t express how grateful I am to both of these amazing women. Our clinic and our family wouldn’t be the same without their incredible skill and limitless kindness. Mom, Emilie — thank you both for being everything you are.

It’s a question I get all the time: “How do you work in the same clinic as your wife and your mom?” The short answer is easy: We like each other. But what better time than Mothers’ Day to put this question to rest once and for all? The long answer is that I couldn’t imagine running a business without these two incredible women. Anyone who’s been to the clinic knows my mom runs a tight ship. Peggy Ulmer is the undisputed queen of scheduling, client success stories, and phone lines. Heck, she even keeps this newsletter running on time! So, it will come as no surprise to learn that she was just as much a force of nature when I was growing up. My mom was a big list maker, even in those days. She kept my brother, sister, and me on track, and to do so, she became a stay-at-home mom during our first few years of schooling. She was the one who got us up in the morning, kept us from going to school dressed like idiots, and made sure we always had chores, even in the summertime. Needless to say, as a kid, I hated it. But things changed when I got to high school. Having grown older and a little wiser, I began noticing that I’d really been taking my mom’s efforts for granted. Going over to

friends’ houses, I realized that not everyone’s mom had the same attentiveness and discipline as mine did. By the time I got to college and learned I was one of the few freshmen who actually knew how to cook, clean, and do laundry, I’d certainly come to appreciate those summer chores. I was grateful for the skills my mom gave me, but it really wasn’t until I met Emilie and started a family that I gained an appreciation of just how tough of a job motherhood is. Don’t get me wrong, Emilie makes it look easy. But with two boys involved in a myriad of after-school activities, my wife works miracles to keep all of us organized. Every month, she makes up two calendars so we can cross-reference hockey games, school plays, doctor’s appointments, and parent-teacher everything would be chaos. The kids would be walking around with holes in their shirts, wondering where their ride to practice was. Emilie’s efforts don’t just stop at keeping us organized. As soon as she gets off work here at the clinic, she heads out to shuttle the boys to and from their extracurriculars. At night, she stays up until Zach finishes his homework, just in case he has questions. She does all of this and more with a level of care conferences. Were I to be left in charge of these schedules,

Happy Mothers’ Day,

–Mike Ulmer | 1

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