www.annsteinfeldpt.com (714) 556-1600 August 2017
STEINFELD STAY-FIT NEWS
THE ELEMENTS OF CARE
I consider myself to be a “driver.” I have an outgoing and strong personality, and from a young age, I was encouraged to excel. These characteristics combine to form what can only be described as a perfectionist. I’m driven to constantly perform at my best, and I won’t do anything unless I can give it 150 percent. Back in the day, I was given the nickname “Ethical Ann.” It was a name bestowed on me by a number of patients. I can’t say it stuck around in use, but it stuck with me in my heart. Disingenuousness is something I simply can’t stand — not in others, and certainly not in myself. This character trait led me to develop some pretty strong convictions both in life and in health care. My goal is to do right by the clinicians I’ve mentored and for the patients who place their trust in me. Many of our patients come to us with injuries, in pain, or in need of rehabilitation. There is something to be said for being in a position to help people and to develop solutions for what they may be going through. I’m of the belief, as many are, that in some cases, physical therapy should be the first consideration before surgery. Today’s health care industry has gotten away from this frame of mind. All too often, doctors are quick to prescribe medications or recommend their patients for surgery before considering physical therapy. It wasn’t always like this. In the ’80s when I started practicing, many doctors would refer their patients to a physical therapist before recommending prescription drugs or surgery. If the physical therapy didn’t achieve the results they were looking for, only then would they begin exploring other options. When physical therapy is the first choice, it often helps patients avoid surgery, unnecessary medications, and the associated costs and complications. As a physical therapist, another goal of mine is to get back to this way of thinking. That’s one of the many reasons I opened my own practice. I hold myself to a high standard of care. In order to deliver on that standard and help our patients get the care they deserve, opening my own practice made the most sense. Our patients recognize they get a superior level of care with us, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve been in business for as long as we have. They tell their family, friends, colleagues, and classmates about what we do, and this word-of-mouth keeps us thriving.
There is no secret behind the glowing reviews our patients leave for us online. You don’t have to take my word for it; the Yelp reviews speak
for themselves. Thank you so much to everyone who has left us feedback. The reviews are always appreciated! Today, we’re growing. I’m in the process of training new clinicians to deliver the same quality of care I learned to deliver from day one of my career. For people who need physical therapy, whether it’s for a sports injury, pain management, or rehabilitation after an accident or surgery, it’s easier than ever to get top- quality care.
That’s one of the great things about practicing in California. The Direct Access laws mean you can self-refer if you feel
you need PT care. You are not required to see your health care provider. The sooner we see someone after an injury, the more we can do to help. Call us or check our website for rules of direct access. We are happy to inform you about how you can self-refer. - Ann Steinfeld PT, OCS
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