HOW A SHOULDER INJURY LED ME TO APEXNETWORK PHYSICAL THERAPY
My family lives in a small farming town with about 10,000 residents right outside the St. Louis area. Everyone’s very close and tightknit, which usually means you all end up living there and working in the same industry: agriculture. However, out of all my friends, I was the only one who ventured into physical therapy. I always wanted to stay busy; when I wasn't in class, I was usually at football or track practice. It was during that time I saw what physical therapy could do for people. Fifteen years ago, I suffered a shoulder injury during a football game, and I was treated right here at ApexNetwork Physical Therapy! The entire staff supported me and committed to my progress. I couldn't have had more supportive physical therapists in my corner. A couple of years later, there was an athletic trainer in school teaching an orthopedic anatomy class, and I found it so fascinating and loved every minute of it. That, combined with my previous experience with physical therapy, led me to explore it as a major in college. After doing a little digging, I knew what I wanted to do for my career. I decided to go to Saint Louis University under their direct entry program. If you could keep your GPA high, you could graduate with your doctorate in six years — something I was determined to do.
At the university, we had clinical rotations where you helped patients as needed. By the end of your education, you're handling a full caseload. Starting off, I had one rotation at the ICU. I was able to assist patients with the basics, like sitting or standing up. In another rotation, I learned how to handle patients with spinal cord injuries, who were focused more on mobility. I was also able to learn a lot about prosthetics and braces and how to work those into a patient's therapy routine as well. Above all I learned though, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was how to help people through difficult times in their lives. It was essential to meet them at this point and help motivate them to get better. I initially had a couple of jobs as a physical therapy tech as well. While it was a lot of fun, it didn't give me the experience I needed to be successful in the industry. But with a philosophy I learned from my parents — “care about what you do” — I kept my head down and worked hard to get where I wanted to be. From my rotations, I developed a sense of where I wanted to take my career, which was outpatient orthopedic care!
career, and I even helped run a clinic with them in a different town. It was an excellent opportunity to help people in a new community. The biggest challenge was client acquisition; it was a new community, so, naturally, we had to work a little harder to establish ourselves in the city. I was initially talking with doctors and holding presentations to generate some positive word of mouth. As we saw the clinic rise in success, I found the opportunity at ApexNetwork Physical Therapy. It was a chance to be closer to my family. My brother and sister still live in the area with their families, so it seemed like a perfect fit! or hunt and fish! These were family activities growing up, so it's always nice to reminisce on those times and get some fresh air while hunting. If you know of any great spots to hunt, let me know the next time you're at the clinic! I'm always in search of a great place to hunt or fish. When I'm not at the clinic, I usually spend time with my wife and daughter
I initially worked for a company right out of college, and, two years into my
–Samuel Munie, DPT Clinic Manager
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