Banks won’t loan, marketing is hit or miss and other struggles of a physical therapy new clinic. Dr’s Kindra Scott and Latisha McKenzie don’t hold back about the journey and you hear determination but also frustration about best made plans.
Life Health Strength Physical Therapy clinic owners Dr. Kindra Scott DPT and Dr. Latisha McKenzie DPT have a beautiful physical therapy clinic in the Kelly Drive area of Philadelphia. Dr. Scott’s specialty is 3 and under and Dr McKenzie prefers more of the orthopedic with a heavy focus on neurological disorders (ALS, MS) in adults.
We learn that getting out of school you are well equipped for adults but to specialize in pediatrics like Dr Scott, then you have to earn your role and be a little fortunate to land a pediatric internship with little to no experience. Developmental delay in children (not rolling over by 1 years of age; for example) and cognitive issues due to mother on drugs or alcohol are a main overarching condition that she treats.
What type of treatment protocol length is expected with young patients?
Are there any repercussions to the mother who delivers a baby addicted to drugs and must undergo drug therapy to manage the withdrawal symptoms.
What do you do when banks won’t lend you money yet require you to have a signed lease?
What do you do when the limited marketing budget you have (plus time), just is not brining in the patients?
Misconception at a Physio Office: Can I get a relaxing massage?
Do these two Female Black Doctors see any prejudices in their day to day clinic? What has she learned from being one of the few Black and a Black Woman for that matter in a field dominated by white women in the acute setting and white men in private practice.
Dr. Scott recommends students to not underestimate the time requirement for a doctoral program. Dr. Mckenzie has seen great confidence in the young generation but still recommends being humble and flexible.
They learned every area of the business before hiring staff and that has made all the difference to them PLUS being motivated, flexible and teachable. They also give some tips on how to find staff. If you can’t afford a tech or a helper, they give a secret to get help while also helping the other person.
Dr’s McKenzie and Scott are in the grips of the day to day in clinic. Trying to figure out what marketing works best on a limited budget, the ups and downs of collections each month and learning the business side of how to translate excellent clinical skills to financial freedom.
What motivates them to show up for work each day in the midst of the grind and hustle of a new clinic?
A great thing about these two physical therapists is that they are willing to further educate themselves on conditions and procedures if a client comes in that they aren’t fully versed in to begin with. Listen to find out more about that and the rare condition that they are becoming specialized in.
We get a great glimpse of not only a Private Clinic owned by Moms and how those roles work out but also a business partner in the exact same situation. It’s a balance and a juggle but these two successful women are figuring it out and making sure family is a priority.
Run toward your vision because the road to becoming a doctor is not easy nor is building a new clinic. Opposition will creep up so your desire to succeed must be strong. Nothing tends to go as planned so be aware of that from the start.
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