The Future of Physical Therapy . . . Today, physical therapists have an identity crisis. While consumers understand what a dentist, plumber, electrician, or massage therapist does, they cannot easily describe a physical therapist. We need to brand ourselves like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Apple. The physical therapy experience must be transformed with a branded platform to create standardization and consistency in the outpatient arena. This book, which outlines The Best Therapy Experience®, provides physical therapists with proven concepts and methods to disrupt the industry and build lifelong relationships with clients by focusing on what clients really value.
Experts Weigh In . . . Perception Is Reality . . .
“I think the profession of physical therapy has come a long way. I go back to when I first started in practice and started our sports medicine program in 1974. At that time, there were no private practices in physical therapy. Now, it’s become very common. I think that’s where you’re lacking uniformity in what you do. In private practice, there is a less systematic approach to the profession.” —Lyle Micheli, Orthopedic Surgeon, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
“What I find most frustrating is when [physical therapists] give patients advice that alters the general notion of what their diagnosis is and where they should be going treatment wise. They [need] a conversation with the doctor so a uniform confidence-inducing plan can be followed through.” —Mark Reichard, Orthopedic Surgeon, Norwood, MA
“I think the real issue—and it’s probably going to impact us all in private practice—is that we have fixed costs and, if reimbursements continue to ratchet down, we can’t change our fixed costs, which may drive some people out of business and out of the field.” —John Richmond, Chairman, Dept. of Orthopedics, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
“[I refer a patient to physical therapy primarily] to teach them how to exercise safely. [Physical therapists have] an understanding of what the disease process is and develop a personalized program to meet an individual’s needs.” —Eric Berkson, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, Team Physician, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots
About the Author
John Vacovec, creator of The Best Therapy Experience® program packet and one of the five founders of the Massachusetts New England Physical Therapy Network (NEPTN), has been working in the field of physical therapy for more than 35 years. John developed The Best Therapy Experience program in 2008 after realizing that there was no cohesive treatment approach across practices and therapists for the physical therapy client. He believes strongly in focusing on the clients’ expectations for seeking physical therapy and in building lifelong relationships. His continuing goal is to help create efficient and meaningful solutions for the physical therapy profession, physical therapists, and the consumer. John earned his BS from Northeastern University and opened Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, Inc., in 1983. He lives in Massachusetts and enjoys skiing, golf, reading, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.