ELITE Physical Therapy Lagniappe (318) 443-3311
WOW! 33 years
I can’t believe it has been 33 years that I have had the honor of being a physical therapist in Central Louisiana. So much has changed during that time, with so many details that I can’t even remember. When I came to Alexandria in 1985 as a new PT, I had no idea I would call this place home for the next 33 years. I only knew one or two people, but through work and the golf community, I quickly felt comfortable here.
development was in the early stages for MRI, arthroscopy, and joint replacements. Some of the advances in the PT profession were in their infancies as well. By my best estimate, I have evaluated about 13,000 people and have had about 130,000 visits during the years. And by and large, those encounters have made me a better PT, a better community representative, and a better person.
I had a new patient who was 75 years old. I recognized his last name, so I asked him about somebody that I’d treated many years before who had the same last name. His response? “Oh, that was my mother!” That one really hit home for me! Reflecting on these 33 years, I am blessed with a loving wife and great family and blessed to have raised two beautiful girls who have grown
into college women now. I am also fortunate to have worked side by side with some great people who have dedicated themselves to taking care of so many patients over the years. Their passion for our work inspires me. I also think about the coworkers who are no longer with us: Angie, Ms. Johnnie, and Beth. It’s been a rugged pace at times, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I look forward to continuing to serve our patients and be there for those who need me. As we have said before,
By my best estimate, I have evaluated about 13,000 people and have had about 130,000 visits during the years. And by and large, those encounters have made me a better PT, a better community representative, and a better person.
Our PT profession has advanced so much during these years. When I graduated in 1985, it was a bachelor’s degree program. It has since advanced to a masters and now a doctorate program. In the early years of my career, we worked in an office like we do now, but we also did quite a bit on the road, going to nursing homes, schools, and private homes to take
care of patients. I carried a beeper and knew where all the pay phones were located in case I got a call. I remember when I got my first “bag phone,” then my “car phone” before we ever had cell phones. I thought the car phone was awesome! Everything was on paper in those days, from documenting our visits and our schedules to the billing process. We used a typewriter for letters and somebody was there to do it for us. We thought the reimbursement process was tough then! Well, it’s gotten harder to navigate the reimbursement world today. When I began,
With 33 years under my belt, I’ve seen a lot of folks from our community. The kids I treated who were high schoolers when I started now have adult kids of their own, and they have grandkids I’ve treated! I’ve had the honor of following families through a couple generations and treating folks in each. One of my favorite things about my job is talking to people who grew up in the Alexandria area and learning about what area they grew up in and what life was like years ago. One of my favorite stories is fairly recent.
we are here because of our patients. And even though I have a long way to go, I want to thank you all for a rewarding first 33 years.
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