Kaizen Physical Therapy - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

K aizen S eattle . com | 206-524-6702

ONE YEAR LATER REFLECTING ON THE PAST YEAR WITH KAIZEN PHYSICAL THERAPY

live a pain-free lifestyle doing what they love with the people they love.

I signed on the dotted line to purchase Coppersmith Physical Therapy at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2018 and renamed it Kaizen Physical Therapy. So, when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2019, I was the owner of a physical therapy clinic — and that wasn’t even the craziest thing to happen to me in 2018! In July, my wife and I purchased a home, and on Nov. 17, 2018, our youngest child, Allison, was born, rounding out our family of five. Being the of Kaizen Physical Therapy this past year has been a whirlwind. Nothing in physical therapy school prepares you for owning and operating a clinic, but as I have shadowed, networked, and engaged with other professionals, I’ve developed an idea of how to make the dreams I had for this clinic a reality. When I purchased the clinic from Penny and Jeff Coppersmith, I knew I wanted to preserve a space where we could continue to connect with the community and be a source of healing for our neighbors. Since day one, our goal has been to become a place where patients feel they are being listened to, and in the pursuit of total care, we want to provide them with that vital education piece. We’re not here to just heal ailments; we want to help patients Needless to say, the past two years have been anything but boring.

For me, my motivation to pursue this dream comes from my parents. They adopted me from South Korea when I was 4 months old. I have a younger sister, who is also adopted, and my youngest sister was the biological child of my parents. Our family dynamic was unique, but that didn’t matter to us. I always felt supported by my parents. My father went to physical therapy for a shoulder injury when I was growing up. I would tag along to these appointments, and I was instantly interested in what the therapists were doing. Knowing this, my mom, who worked in a hair salon next to a physical therapy clinic, suggested I volunteer at that clinic for the summer. After that summer, I shadowed and assisted at other clinics to see if physical therapy was the path I wanted to take, and the more I learned about this profession, the more I realized this is where I wanted to be. I worked for Coppersmith after graduating from physical therapy school, and then I went to work for another clinic. That’s where I was when the Coppersmiths and I first met in early 2018 to discuss the possibility. They were ready to retire, and they were looking for a new owner for the clinic they had built. They had thought of me. I always knew I wanted to be in that

position, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready. Could I really do this ?

Perhaps it was the support of my family or the years I spent training and learning about this craft that told me I could. Maybe it was both. Regardless, I’m grateful to have taken the chance on Kaizen. The past year has been a wonderful ride, and I cannot wait to see what the future brings.

Thank you for your support this past year!

• 1 –Dr. Colin Sisco 206-524-6702

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