We Are the Faces of PT

The mission of the Private Practice Section (PPS) is to champion the success of the physical therapist in business. Whatever your business model, PPS is here to support your efforts and provide the resources and tools to help you meet your goals. But don't take our word for it, hear from our members…the different Faces of PT in Business.


Faces of PT

Staci Lyons PT

Staci Lyons, PT

PPS Member

    Gaining the Courage to See What Could Be

    When you see an opportunity, you take it. I saw the opportunity to expand beyond the traditional practice model and evolved my business to include more than physical therapy. My business changed from Pinnacle Physical Therapy to Pinnacle Medical Wellness.

    As Pinnacle Medical Wellness, we approach the reason for a patient's visit differently. We look at the whole health continuum. Designing and implementing a more holistic approach to care is important to us.

    As one of the early adopters of lifestyle medicine, which includes diabetes management, exercise and other health and lifestyle habits, physical therapists can broaden their practice and explore new areas of care. Practicing lifestyle medicine allows therapists to use their expertise in movement and behavior change to further help patients optimize their health and address or prevent many chronic diseases.

    PPS gave me the confidence to move toward my new business model. I was given a national audience to share my ideas with and I was able to learn ideas from others. I've been able to collaborate with peers and learn from people with whom I don't compete. There's value in the relationships and networking that PPS provides.

    For those considering or who are new to PPS membership, make it a priority to attend the conference! By getting away from your practice, you see through a different lens and gain a different perspective. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and connect!

Tim Vidale PT, DPT

Tim Vidale, PT, DPT

PPS Member

    Unique Care, Unique Perspectives

    Weekend warriors deserve the same treatment as professional athletes. That's the foundation of my practice: bringing the highest level of care to the everyday athlete. I have a unique background in Olympic sports medicine that enables me to do that, and I've been focused on growing my practice and extending my philosophy of care.
    I want physical therapists to be seen as the professionals they are and be more visible in the health care arena. Being a black male, I represent the smallest subset of the profession and I want to be more active to bring on more people who look like me. That starts with leadership.
    I became a member of PPS in 2014 in an atypical way. There were some openings on the education committee and because of my background in academia, private practice, and professional sports, they thought I would be a great addition to the committee. I became a member and went straight into a leadership position.
    Being in the room with people who have 15-20 years of experience and their own perspectives is a rich experience for me. They help me grow with their insight and advice. It's great to be around people who see the bigger picture before I do. My membership with PPS has been with me as my practice has experienced rapid growth; we now have four locations in three states. PPS gave me a way to surround myself with people who have done what I want to do.

Lauren Sok PT, MPT

Lauren Sok, PT, MPT

PPS Member

    Focused Care for Self-Pay Patients

    To me, physical therapy doesn't have to be just episodic relating to a surgery or an accident. By not accepting insurance, we are able to work with a new mom, high-level executive, an empty nester or retiree, to help them achieve a higher level of performance than insurance would typically cover.
    Specifically, we perform a Five-Point Check Up using an InBody scan to determine skeletal muscle mass, body fat, cardio endurance, strength and functional ability. With this, the patient receives a score and their therapist develops a plan to get the patient stronger and improve their function. All of the work is one-on-one and we aim to solve the patient's problem and then set goals to achieve beyond that.
    I've been a member of PPS for five years and at first, I thought, how is this going to benefit me since I'm not a big company? My initial thoughts changed after being in the Peer2Peer NetWorks program; that was a game changer for me. The program gets you around like-minded people and pushes you to do better. The camaraderie is great and really shows that we are all in this together to make health care better.

Josh Funk DPT

Josh Funk, DPT

PPS Member

    Helping Clients Lead Better Lives

    The environment of my private practice is different than most. With a focus on fitness, our building looks more like a gym and less like a medical space. It has all the trademarks that you would find in a gym like turf areas to exercise on and motivational signs and quotes around the space to help clients get in the right headspace.
    My staff are experts at helping clients return to their prior level of function. We operate on the principle that physical therapy isn't just about pain reduction, it's the reduction of risk for future injury. We apply an evidence-based practice to help those we serve. If we'd only focused on pain and not on movement, we would not be as successful helping clients become more resilient and avoid injuries.
    I've been a member of PPS for almost four years now. I joined to have access to other physical therapists who are walking the same path as I am. PPS provides a breadth of resources and tools that have been invaluable, like the marketing, clerical, and administrative tools.
    Regardless of whether you want to go into private practice, if you have a side hustle or anything involved in the business of health care, PPS is a great place for a wide variety of resources to help you on your journey.