Horizon Physical Therapy - December 2019

physical therapy and rehabilitation December 2019

3600 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48503 • 810-620-8042 • horizonptflint.com

LOOKING BACK AT 2019 Before the Future

“I’ll always remember 2019 as the year we finally finished expanding the building.”

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead and start planning for the future. But before I get too far into 2020, I’mmaking myself pause and really reflect on 2019. I want to celebrate a few things I accomplished this year. I’ll always remember 2019 as the year we finally finished expanding the building. We tore down a wall, added some new carpet and a fresh coat of paint, and gave ourselves more room to stretch out. The staff was very excited for the extra space and to see us really hitting our goals. Our patients were impressed, too. They appreciate having more space, though we have gotten a lot of questions asking us when we’re going to get more equipment. I promise it’s coming soon. Expanding our space was a big step forward for the future of the clinic. I plan on continuing to grow and serve more people in our community. This leads me to the next thing I’m proud of for 2019: hiring a new physical therapist. At the time of writing, we haven’t brought anyone new into the clinic just yet, but we are actively looking for someone. This is very exciting, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time. Right now, I’m the only person who can do an initial evaluation of new patients. Additionally, I have to sign off on every note from Ashley and Michelle. It takes a lot of time, limiting howmany patients we can help and how long I can spend with each one. Bringing in a new physical therapist would allow us to help more patients and still make sure everyone gets the high level of quality care they deserve. Having another physical therapist around would also free up my time to focus on other important projects. Beyond the clinic, I had some success in my personal life, as well. This year, I stuck to my goal of eating better and losing weight. I have two young sons, and I want to be as healthy as possible so I can keep up with them as they’re growing up. Trying to lose weight with the extra stress of running a business can be very difficult, but I figured out a system that worked: I focused on controlling when and howmuch I ate.

A big problem I faced was getting home exhausted after a long day and not thinking about what

I ate. Often, I would pick unhealthy meals or overeat while relaxing. To combat this, I made sure to eat around the same time every day so I never got to the point of feeling starved and overindulging as a result. Planning my meals in advance helps, too, and I’ve started using a step counter so I’m aware of how active I am throughout the day and know when to keep moving. Though these efforts, I’ve been able to lose 30 pounds since May. When we start the new year, we have a list of everything we want to accomplish in the next 12 month. In 2019, I was able to cross a lot of things off my list. This was possible because I identified my goals and made a point to track them. It’s hard to meet goals you don’t track. My success has been based on looking at my goals on a weekly basis, tracking my progress, and planning what I can do to keep pushing forward. I’ve found that it also helps to have your goals somewhere you can see them every day, like on your bathroommirror or the wallpaper of your phone. Going into the future, we want to continue pushing forward. I want to grow the practice and bring in good rehabilitation equipment. I want to improve our community outreach and make sure more people have the education to get the physical therapy resources they need. Above all else, I want to continue making a difference. My list for 2020 is pretty long, and next year, I intend to look back again and be proud of what we’ve accomplished.

-Dr. Jerome Adams



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