M3 PT - January 2020

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M3 AND ME

BEGINNINGS AND BALANCE 20 YEARS OF GROWTH

Well, it’s hard to believe, but we’re kicking off another decade. Normally, the new year invites its fair share of reflection, but entering the 2020s feels especially fitting for a little hindsight. The past 20 years have been an incredible journey, and looking back, I’m not quite sure how I made it. The 2000s in particular were a hectic time of new beginnings. Not only was it the decade I finished PT school, got married, and started a family, but it was also the decade I became the owner at M3. All those milestones should have been a handful on their own, but I’ve always been a multitasker. It helped that I was 20 years younger than I am now, but it can still be tough keeping that many plates spinning at once. When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I began to practice yoga as a way to stay fit. Little did I know that it would evolve into meditation and mindfulness — both of which have become paramount in helping me stay calm as my life became so demanding. At the outset, having a family provided an extra kick of motivation. After all, here I was taking the reins of a well-established clinic — something I never thought I would do — and trying to find a way to grow it. But, despite being educated as a therapist and not a business owner, I found a way. With three kids to support, you find ways to move

mountains. But, as the last 10 years have shown, my family ended up providing even more important inspiration. While the 2000s were about beginnings, the 2010s were about finding balance. Sure, I’d gotten those plates spinning, but I came to realize how I spun them was just as important. As my kids grew older, it became apparent that I really had to manage my time wisely — I didn’t want to miss their childhood because I was working. So, these past years have been about finding a middle ground between being there for my family and being there for our team here at M3. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but what I didn’t expect was how this balance would make me a better boss. Helping my kids grow ended up changing the way I thought about my role at the clinic. When I first took the helm of M3, I had to focus on keeping us profitable. It was a time of transition, and I was keenly aware of the need to provide for my family and my team. But becoming a parent taught me just how important it is to be a supportive educator, and I began to see ways M3 could play that role in our community.

have on the aspiring clinicians we brought on as aides and support staff, helping them pursue their higher education while giving them valuable experience along the way. My team and I strove to make our clinics exemplary models of how a local practice should be run: Put patients first with an emphasis on whole-body health. I love knowing that so many of our team members will go on to be amazing practitioners in their own right. So, that’s what the last 20 years have been: years of beginning and years of balance. It still feels like I’m spinning plenty of plates — and I still meditate to help with the stress — but all in all, it’s been an incredible 20 years. I won’t pretend to know what the 2020s will bring, but as long as we all keep growing and learning, it’s going to be amazing.

Happy New Year,

As part of my mindfulness practice, we started to focus on the impact we could

–Dr. Raul Lona

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