Gilbert PT - December 2019

December 2019

GILBERT Gazette A New Adventure PHYSICAL THERAPY

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DR. SIEROTOWICZ PREPARES TO OPEN A SECOND GILBERT PT CLINIC

Y ou could say I was always destined to become a physical therapist. Growing up with parents who were physical therapists, they set a good example of what it meant to care for your patients and treat them compassionately. Of course, that didn’t ensure I listened to them as much as I should have when I was a teenage athlete! I was a three-sport athlete who played football, basketball, and baseball. Because I was always on the go, I managed to dislocate my shoulder and tear my ACL and meniscus, among other injuries. Since I was a teenager and “clearly” knew better than my parents, they took me to another physical therapist for treatment. This was the turning point that led me to physical therapy. My therapist was so good at supporting and encouraging me to continue pushing myself in my recovery that when the time came to choose a career path, I jumped into physical therapy. After graduating from Red Land High School, I completed my undergraduate schooling at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and I attended Temple University for graduate school. Having been born and raised in Mechanicsburg, I joke that Bloomsburg gave me a taste of

small-town life, while my time at Temple was an opportunity to live in the city. Now that I’m back in Mechanicsburg, I know I want to be somewhere right in the middle. I joined Gilbert Physical Therapy five years ago, and I have loved the atmosphere here ever since. We have a great group of coworkers here at Gilbert PT, and our patients feed off that energy, so every patient is willing to work hard. I appreciate the relationships I have built over the past half- decade. And now, it’s time to move forward. Don’t worry — I’m not leaving Gilbert PT. I’m proud to announce that I will be heading to our second location clinic near New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. (It pains this Red Land High School alumnus to admit how close I’ll be to Cedar Cliff High School. As always, go Red Land Patriots!) Our second location will be a bit smaller than Gilbert PT, but it’s incredibly exciting to see the progress and plans we have for our patients at this location. A year from now, I hope to boast two therapy teams to offer as much knowledgeable care to our patients as possible. I’m looking forward to this new challenge, and I cannot wait to bring the leadership and energy I gained at Gilbert PT to our second location.

It’s exciting to follow in the same footsteps as my parents while also forging my own path. They both graduated in 1978, back when the profession only required a four-year degree. Today, the degree requires seven years, upon which you receive your doctorate. I like to tease them that I am, in fact, the doctor in the family. Joking aside, they set a great example for me as I move into this new role. In addition, I’m grateful for the mentors and coworkers who have offered guidance, and for my wife, Samantha, and our 3-year-old golden retriever, Bruce, who continue to support me at home. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the patients who have trusted me throughout my tenure at Gilbert PT. Without your confidence in my team and me, I wouldn’t be here today. Have a wonderful holiday season, and I’ll see you at our second location later this winter!

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge, and I cannot wait to bring the leadership and energy I gained at Gilbert PT to our second location.”

–Dr. Christopher Sierotowicz

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