InMotion PT July 2019

JULY 2019

3001 HUNGARY SPRING RD., STE. D | RICHMOND, VA 23228

5711 S LABURNUM AVE. | RICHMOND, VA 23231

804.756.8490

804.447.5355

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GIVING PATIENTS THE CARE THEY DESERVE HOW I BECAME

A PHYSICAL THERAPIST

My career as a physical therapist has spanned 18 years. I spent five years in a large outpatient company, and the last 13 have been at InMotion. It’s crazy to think that my interest in this career I’m so passionate about stemmed from one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. Nothing piques your interest in physical therapy like needing it to heal from your own extensive injuries. When I was 14, I was in a hunting accident. My gun discharged into my right ankle, and without going into too much detail about the injury, I almost lost my leg as a result. Luckily, that didn’t happen, and thanks to a year’s worth of physical therapy, I regained full use of that leg. I wasn’t immediately set on practicing physical therapy from that experience, but it did get me interested in the medical field in general. Before I went to college, I volunteered with a lot of physicians at different clinics. I was also working for my dad doing office supply distribution, but I knew I didn’t want

to pursue an education or career in that. I finally got the chance to volunteer with a physical therapist, and through that experience, I found the career that I wanted. In 2001, I received my master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and in 2008, I received my doctorate of physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. As I mentioned above, I started my career working at a large outpatient company for about five years, but after that, I started my own private practice. While the company offered me a terrific opportunity to work with a lot of great physical therapists, I saw the work environment change for the worse. They became more focused on making a profit than on actually helping patients. It didn’t matter what care the patient actually needed. If it didn’t fit with the company’s bottom line, it didn’t happen. As much as I value the experience I gained there, I knew I needed to start my own clinic to give patients the treatment they deserve.

I don’t regret that decision in the slightest. For the past 13 years, I’ve had the chance to meet and work with all sorts of people in an environment where the top priority is helping them recover and get back to doing the activities they love. The staff members at both InMotion offices feel like family, and they do a great job of making our patients feel like family too. I’m extremely fortunate that I get to do what I love and that I get to do it how I think it should be done, all while providing for my family. My wife and I have been married for 24 years now, and we have three sons. When I’m not at the office, we love camping and fishing in Deltaville and down in the Florida Keys. If someone you know needs a physical therapist, tell them they’ll get the care they deserve at InMotion PT!

–Tom Bohanon

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