OUR 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY A TRIBUTE TO THE PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED ME ALONG THE WAY beginning — the beginning of the year, the beginning of the practice, the beginning of relationships, the beginning of everything. Because the team here at ROC Physical Therapy and I are celebrating finishing our 15th year in practice, I’ve found myself reflecting on the formative years of my job as a physical therapist quite often this year. Not many people can attest to this, but I can happily say that I’ve known that I wanted to go into physical therapy since my first year in high school. It all started with one of the greatest men I know: Doc Mike. I played both football and volleyball in school, and just like many other athletes’ experiences, I had my fair share of injuries. Every time I had a sprained ankle or pulled a muscle out on the court or field, I would go see Doc Mike. He not only did everything he could to get me playing again as soon as possible; he also took the time to teach me his approaches so I could learn the material myself. It was these early experiences with Doc Mike that inspired me to pursue a career in physical therapy, and when I look back As the end of the year rolls around, I always find myself thinking about the
over these last 29 years in the business, I know that I have him to thank. He showed me the ropes, helped me perfect my skills, and he demonstrated to me, early on, the ways that therapy can truly help after an injury. After high school, I even had the opportunity to work under Doc Mike at his clinic, and gained more experience before and during physical therapy school. After I graduated, I worked for various clinics, both private and corporate offices, where I gained more knowledge under phenomenal instructors like Larry Brown, and I was even able to teach young and upcoming PT students through a fellowship which we started. To this day, serving as an instructor is one of my favorite memories. Another favorite and crucial memory of mine occurred in 2001. I had been thinking about the possibility of opening my own clinic when my wife came home one day and said, “You’ll never guess who I met at bible study!” She had met a woman whose husband was also a physical therapist, and who was also thinking of starting his own
practice. Later that week, I met the mysterious husband, Scott Salee, who has now been my partner at ROC Physical Therapy for the last 15 years. We still like to joke that it was our wives who got us together! While Scott and I have experienced some amazing changes since Jan. 2, 2003 (the day we opened our doors), our mission to treat patients how we would want to be treated has remained the same. Whenever someone new comes into our office, I’m reminded of my own experiences working with Doc Mike. Because I have spent many hours on rehabilitation for my own injuries, I empathize with our patients. In this way, our mission perpetually stays at the forefront of my mind, and it ensures that we always have our patients’ best interests at heart. As we start our 16th year of service in January 2019, Scott, the rest of our hard working team, and I will set aside some time to sit down and reflect on the sheer number of people we have been able to help in the last year. “How beautiful is it that we are able to help a patient who has lost hope, and get them get back to the life they know and love?” We are so fortunate to be an instrument in the restoration of patients’ health, hope, and happiness, and we look forward to continuing to expand our impact in 2019!
FREE NECK SCREENING! IF YOU FIND THAT YOU ARE CONSTANTLY PLAGUED WITH NECK PAIN, WE HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU. FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK THIS MONTH, WE WILL BE HOSTING FREE NECK SCREENINGS TO HELP PINPOINT AND RELIEVE YOUR PAIN. WHEN: JAN. 14–18; 7 A.M. TO 6 P.M. WHERE: OUR OFFICE, LOCATED AT 1635 CREEKSIDE DR. STE 101 FOLSOM, CA HOW: CALL (916) 983-5611 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE 20 MINUTE SCREENING
–Matt Smith • 1 916.983.5611
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