During the summer of 1992, I began my physical therapy work at Tri-County Health Care. Decades have passed, but I still remember that time so vividly. During my interview, Dr. Ness spoke about how much he loved working in this area. I was impressed with his authenticity. He seemed like one of the most genuine people I had ever encountered. I said to myself, “I want to work for a doctor like that,” and so began my 30 years of physical therapy at Tri-County.
The authentic desire to spread goodwill while healing drew me to Tri-County Health Care. That feeling has remained 30 years later. I’ve been a personal witness to steadfast growth in our physical therapy department. In 1992, we had two physical therapists and one aide. Now, we have 15 members in the rehab building and have seen tremendous growth. I’m proud to be a facilitator of that growth.
30 years of physical therapy and beyond
As our community has changed, so has our department. With every challenge, we have risen to match it, and I’m proud to say that we have adapted to the needs of the greater community. With the addition of orthopedics, things have taken off even more.
Whenever someone meets with me, I try my best to see the person behind the ailment. They are not their weak bones, arthritis, or bad back. They are people who have lived a storied life and simply want to keep living it. For the last 30 years, I have devoted my life to helping these people. I look forward to continuing this mission.
I want to thank my colleagues and coworkers—those who stand with me now and those who have passed. You have enriched my life in more ways than I can possibly account for. Thank you so much.