OPTM PT of Saratoga January 2018

Monthly THE CULMINATION OF A 19-YEAR CAREER

2018 is here, and as crazy as it seems that another year has come and gone, it’s the ideal opportunity to look back and take stock of how I got to where I am today. It’s been a long journey, but I’m thrilled I’ve made it this far in my life, both personally and professionally. When I graduated from USC in 1998 and earnestly began my career in physical therapy, it was a time of much change in the profession. I was a member of the first graduating class coming out of school with clinical doctorates instead of master’s degrees. My peers and I were at the forefront of the evolution of physical therapy, changing the landscape of how things were done. From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to specialize in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. I moved to Los Gatos and took a job at OPTM Los Gatos, which is independently owned and operated and separate from OPTM Saratoga. For the first six years of my career, I remained at OPTM Los Gatos, learning all I could about every methodology and technique I could use to steer my patients toward full recoveries. In 2004, I was itching for more responsibility and a greater reach, so my former boss and I entered into a five-year contract and opened up OPTM Saratoga. We took time to drive around separately and find a good space for the clinic. And wouldn’t you know it, we picked the exact same location, right on Saratoga Avenue. We took this as a sign. But even more, I loved that I was now working in the town where I’d grown up and gone to high school, a place steeped in memories for me. The first week after we opened our doors, we saw probably five patients total. But as word got out, the practice began to grow. As managing partner, it was my responsibility to track the day-to-day operations and build a team that could deliver real, lasting results to our patients as we steadily expanded. In ‘09, my contract with my business partner ended, and I assumed sole ownership of the practice. With consistent growth, I honed not only my leadership and management skills, but my talents as a therapist, as well.

In 2012, I embarked on a yearlong clinical fellowship focused on three-dimensional movement of the body — viewing it as a cohesive system with interlocking parts, as opposed to isolated components. When I exited the fellowship, I was equipped with a host of brand-new strategies, which led to many more successful outcomes for even the most difficult patient conditions. For the first time, I felt like a true master of the profession and strove to share the knowledge with my entire staff. In 2014, as our reputation took hold in the community, we outgrew our old space and migrated to a larger facility at Quito Village. What started as a company made up

Fabrice - USC Doctor of Physical Therapy, 1998

of me and one other guy, with merely a handful of patients, has transformed into an operation including over 20 team members, with a high volume of patients overcoming pain and injury. In the past few years, and in 2017 in particular, it’s become clear to me that, despite my 19 years in the profession, my skills might be served better in areas other than patient care. As we move into the new year, I’m beginning to step away from seeing patients, focusing rather on managing the business and becoming more involved in the community. Through Rotary Club and the Age- Friendly Committee, I give back where I can. It’s been a challenge to assume an executive managerial role in the practice and only treat patients part-time, but I truly believe it’s best for everyone. This way, instead of being torn between the million managerial tasks I have on my plate and patient care, I can help educate my talented team to achieve even better results. I already miss treating patients directly full-time, communicating with them over weeks to help them surmount whatever obstacle brought them in. After all, they’re the reason I got into this profession in the first place. But I know as OPTM Saratoga evolves and I focus on the systems and tools that make it

even better, I’m serving a wider array of patients by extension. With this in mind, 2018 is already looking like it will be one of the best years yet. Dr. Fabrice Rockich

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