Premier Rehab PT - June 2018

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4120 Heritage Trace Pkwy #220 | Keller, TX 76244 2720 Western Center Blvd. #312 | Fort Worth, TX 76131 5060 Davis Blvd. | North Richland Hills, TX 76180

816 Keller Pkwy #200 | Keller, TX 76248 1600 FM 544 #200 | The Colony, TX 75056

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JUNE 2018

BECOMING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST The Same Old Song and Dance Wasn’t Cutting It

Maria, who is our billing administrator, and I am glad to still have her with me. In those days, I worked 12 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and even came in to work on Saturdays. I was the only one who could market AND treat the patients. It was tough, but I’m glad we were able to achieve so much since then. I also had to build trust within the community and with the local doctors — some doctors won’t trust you when you’re first starting out. There was a doctor who knew me from working for other companies, but when I first started out, they didn’t send me a patient for a year. I had to prove myself. Not only did I aim to build a physical therapy group — I had to gain the respect of my peers and my community as well. All the hard work has paid off! Here at Premier Rehab Physical Therapy, we love what we do. We love getting to know our patients, we love building relationships, and we love getting them back to their lives and back to their “normal.” I thoroughly enjoy owning a company that attracts all sorts of different people with similar values and mindsets.

The biggest and coolest thing about my career is that I’m the only owner of Premier Rehab Physical Therapy, and I’m a physical therapist. The journey to becoming a physical therapist started when I was 16. I taught aerobics for a few years, but it was the same thing over and over. While I enjoyed meeting, talking, and teaching the different people throughout each class, it involved the same routine. The curriculum didn’t change — it was the same old song and dance. It became exhausting after a while, and not just physically — it also started to wear on my emotional health. That was when I realized I wanted to do something more than just teach aerobics for the rest of my life. After high school, I went to college and began studying exercise science to earn my Bachelors degree. I still didn’t know what I wanted to do exactly, but I knew this was the field I wanted to be in. Having taught classes before, I started down the teaching path, and I was a teacher for three years for junior high students. But I came to realize that this particular age group didn’t have any interest in getting healthy, caring about their bodies, or doing what’s best for them to the extent adults do. I wanted to get involved with a profession that not only I was passionate about, but so were the people I was interacting with. With this in

mind, I headed back to school, this time to study physical therapy. I almost immediately fell in love with the subject.

It was because of this decision that I’m able to work with people, both staff and patients, who are as passionate about physical fitness and health as I am. These are people who are focused on wanting to move better, get better, and exercise better. There are times when things get a bit challenging, but we’ve all managed to push through. I’ve watched patients manage to get past their bumps in the road and become stronger because of it. When I first started Premier Rehab Physical Therapy, I knew I’d face challenges of my own. I also knew that I could drive forward to achieve my dream. In the beginning, it was only me and I headed back to school, this time to study physical therapy. I almost immediately fell in love with the subject. “

Together, I know that we can give our patients 110 percent as we work with them to reach their goals.

–Kelly Lawrence

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