Are you running your practice or is it running you?
My name is Katie Hohman and I live in Orlando, Florida with my amazing husband and 2 boys. I graduated from PT school in 2006 from the University of Central Florida (go Knights)! I wanted to take a minute and tell you a little bit about my story as a PT and a clinic owner.
Two years out of PT school I found myself working in a hospital outpatient clinic. After a year there I still felt out of my element; I loved my patients, got results and was a hardworking and dedicated therapist, but I felt like I didn’t fit in with the team or connect with my manager.
My assumption was confirmed when my manager brought me in for my annual review and gave me a $0.33 raise. (Keep in mind, her role in raises was to distribute a pot of money amongst the team and clearly, I wasn’t valued enough to get a bigger piece of that pie.). I remember vividly going home upset and trying to figure out how I could get them to see my value and my worth as part of the team. I stayed late to accommodate patients, I gave each visit my everything, I got results and patients came in just to see me. Patients loved me. But because I didn’t attend their Mary Kay parties and I didn’t connect as well to 40-50-year-old therapists that rolled around on their stools and pointed patients to the next exercise machine, I was isolated. So, what did I do? I started baking cookies to bring into the office for these ladies. And to my surprise (and hope), that was all it took to get a stellar review the next time around. It was really sad.
Now working in a hospital-based system, my reviews weren’t the only thing that made me crazy. It took an act of Congress to try to get a $30 dynadisc purchased to work with my higher-level neuro patients; and it never did happen. That was really the last straw for me. I knew I had to get out of there, and I knew I could do it better, even if I really wasn’t sure how.
I wanted to open my own practice where I could put the focus on the patient and not the bureaucracy of the hospital system. I wanted a place where I could grow the culture of my team. I wanted to be able to do it MY way. And I opened my practice in 2009.
Check out my next blog post to see how I made my dream work....
Katie co-founded HENO based on her career as a physical therapist and practice owner of over 10 years. Her understanding of the pain points many practice owners face has equipped her to create practice management solutions that optimize the efficiency and profitability of physical, speech and occupational therapy clinics.
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