Every business has A STORY.
The story starts with "Once Upon A Time...."
It may include a hero or a tale of a wonderful experience that triggered a great idea and how the great idea was used as a springboard for the beginning of a new career. Those are the elements of My Story. My story starts in 1990 when I was working as a Staff PT for a private practice in Troy, Michigan. I had a patient who suffered severely from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). I didn't have a lot of TMJ training in PT school and it was difficult in those days to find much information on the topic. Most Physical Therapy textbooks didn't even mention it.
The story continues with the introduction of the "hero" and having a wonderful experience...
At that same time, I had the privilege of attending a five day, hands-on course in Detroit, Michigan given by Professor Mariano Rocabado, PT, DPT, CCTT who was (and still is) THE leader and expert in cranio-facial, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), neck and spine rehabilitation. He is a lecturer, author, researcher, and full professor at the University of Chile Dental School in Santiago (among other Universities). The course was well attended by area PT's as well as Dentists. He spoke at great length of the relationship the cervical spine, neck, shoulders, and posture has on the temporomandibular joint. He was an amazing instructor and I left the course with a wealth of useful information and new treatment techniques to use on my patient with severe TMD.
I then began specializing in Pediatric Physical Therapy. I worked in William Beaumont Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, various school districts (Birmingham, Royal Oak, Genesee ISD, Sagniaw ISD, and Bay-Arenac ISD) in their infant programs and developmental clinics. I continued using my Rocabado skills as I worked with a number of children with torticollis and other cranio-mandibular disorders such as Apert Syndrome, Cri-du-Chat, Pierre Robin, Moebius Syndrome, etc. I enjoyed working in pediatrics and hope to continue by becoming a Certified Myofunctional Therapist in 2018. I am also studying to become a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). The board exam is in May of 2018 and is given by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics which is part of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. Check back and see my progress.... When I pass the exam, you'll know: I'll then be able to put the letters CCTT behind my name....just like Dr. Mariano Rocabado, PT, CCTT!
My story ends with a great idea....
I had been a Physical Therapist for over 30 years when I felt it was time to branch out and start my own specialty clinic where I would work one-on-one with those suffering from TMJ problems. I started Remedy Physical Therapy because I want to be part of the TMJ "Treatment Team" with Dentists, ENT Specialists, and other doctors. I try to educate dentists, doctors, and insurance companies as to how TMJ Physical Therapy can help reduce pain (without drugs), increase joint range of motion, and improve daily living activities (talking, eating, singing, sleeping, etc). If you happen to be someone that suffers from this disorder, please call or email for an appointment. Our Office Manager, Cary Dardas will help you schedule an appointment. I'm lucky to have her and happy she accepted the position to join me on this journey.
My Story ends here but I would like to try and help you write Your Story about how "Once upon a Time.....Remedy PT helped you... and you lived happily ever after."