Physical Therapy Doctor - January 2020

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January 2020

ON THE MOVE

Multi-Tasking, Memory, and What Matters OUR CLINIC IS GROWING UP

Sixteen years ago this month, I was in the midst of one of the most hectic moments of my life. I had just earned my doctorate, started a business, was about to take an orthopedic specialist exam, and was about to become a father. Sometimes I wonder how I kept it all together that year! I’d get up extra early every morning to help my wife with the baby, and I’d often be at work until 10 p.m. My business was this clinic of course, though we had a different location back in those days. We used to occupy this quaint corner house on Bell Boulevard and Cross Island Parkway. Believe it or not, we have patients who still remember the old site! While I have good memories of that place, it was a tough spot — just parking at our clinic used to be an ordeal back then. These problems only compounded when we really started to hit our stride. From the moment we set up shop, I knew we’d found the right community. I figured I’d picked an all-right location, but I had no idea there was such a need for physical therapy care and such a desire for good health here in Bayside. It was me and just one other therapist with six tables squashed together in one room. We always stayed busy, and by our 10- year mark, it was clear The Physical Therapy Doctor had outgrown Bell Boulevard. So, around six years ago, we moved to our current home in The Bay Terrace. I’m happy to say parking is definitely no longer an issue! On top of that, we’ve grown to have an exam room with a whopping 13 tables, and

we have five amazing therapists on our team. Of course, the clinic wasn’t the only thing maturing during these past 16 years.

Michael, my oldest, will be 16 years old next month, a fact I’m still struggling to comprehend. My son went from being this little guy crawling around on the floor of our old house in Whitestone to being as tall as I am — with 10 more pounds of muscle. Now he’s getting into bodybuilding and is showing a bit of an interest in physical therapy. Parenting is one wild ride. And through all this growth and change, our community has been right there with us. That’s what’s made this all possible. Ultimately, a clinic isn’t defined by walls, tables, or parking lots; it’s our relationship with people that counts. If I could step back 16 years and give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be this: If patients don’t trust you 100%, you aren’t going to go far. Talk with the people in your care, and more importantly, listen to them. Don’t just keep the subject on physical therapy. Talk about life, their concerns, hobbies, and dreams — and share your own, too. You’ll be amazed at the friendships you’ll make along the way.

Guess I’ve grown a bit myself,

–Dr. Robert Morea

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