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This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Kinetic Physical Therapy, and we could not have done it without
you. From the get-go, Mike and I wanted Kinetic to feel different than the big-name clinics we were up against. We wanted to create a family atmosphere because we believed it would lead to meaningful, personal connections with our patients. One decade later, I can say conclusively that we were right. Let me explain. Just last fall, a patient who has been with us from the very beginning came to visit. Like many of you, she likes to ask about our sons and their lives. I was halfway through telling her how Zach is doing in middle school when she stopped me with a giggle. “Can you believe you and I used to talk about his potty training?” We both had a good laugh. Had we really known each other that long? Time flies! That moment really put things in perspective. In the day-to-day motions of living life, we can miss big changes if we’re not careful. Having just brought on a fourth therapist, and having grown so many wonderful connections with our patients, it’s fun for Mike to look back and chuckle at those heady days when we were first starting out as a practice and a family. In just five years, Mike and I got married, had Zach and Nathan, and started Kinetic. Shortly after, we threw a dog into the mix. If this sounds like a crazy stress dream, I’d have to agree with you. There we were, a young family, leaving the job security of a larger practice to pursue our dreams. In 2008, no less. Making it all work took some creative balancing acts. In the beginning, I wore just about every hat — mother, secretary, and therapist. I worked the phones, even though I could rarely just sit at the front desk. I must
have been quite the sight for my fellow grocery shoppers, scheduling appointments with a baby on my hip and a toddler trying to make a break for the cereal aisle. Sometimes I wonder if my patients could tell I was changing a diaper while on the phone with them. I could not have done it alone. Mike worked hard at his day job to keep food in our mouths and clothes on our backs. Afterwards, he would come home and take patients in the evenings. On days when I absolutely had to be without distractions, great-grandma stepped up to the plate and watched the kids for us. It’s like they say — it takes a village. Looking back at the past 10 years, we’re incredibly grateful for how our family and our practice were able to grow together. The friendships we’ve made with our patients assure us that the choices we made back then were the right ones. It means the world to us that so many of you have stuck with Kinetic Physical Therapy over the years. And we’d like to thank you personally. This year, we’re going to hold an open house to celebrate our first decade as a practice, and you’re invited! We know many of our patients like to travel during the winter, so we’ll hold off on the celebrations until spring. Mike and I haven’t settled on an official date yet, but we’re leaning toward May. Keep an eye on this newsletter for future updates so you don’t miss out on the fun! Until then, just know all of us here at Kinetic and the Ulmer family appreciate your friendship.
Thank you, and here’s to another 10 years!
–Emilie Ulmer THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Toys for Tots program this year. We had a record number of donations and you helped many less fortunate children experience joy this Christmas!
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