“The best way to illustrate the success I have achieved with the Power of Choice Program is to paint a picture of life before Survival Strategies and this program and after.
Life before the program:
I worked seven days a week, sometimes 18 hour days, often times I awoke and had no idea what day, month or even year it was. I had almost no time to date, lived on Snapple iced teas to keep going, and had very little to no social life. I was treating patients full-time, and was wearing the hat of office manager, billing/collection manager, marketing manager, advertising manager, clinic manager, treasurer, executive director and owner. I was so overwhelmed, exhausted and at the end of my rope and ready to sell it all. Then, Survival Strategies called me about doing a free practice analysis THAT DAY. So, I decided to hold off on selling, and give Survival an opportunity to see if they could possibly help me get some semblance of life back without losing everything I had worked so hard for.
Life after completing the program:
I am very happily married with two children (and a third due any day now). I have two large practices, one is 11,000 sq. ft and the other is 8,000 sq. ft and about 35 employees combined. I take 3 week vacations at a time. I have been able to treat patients as much or as little as I like. I now have a charity foundation that I started, and am able to devote time to my family, my children, and charity work, as well as my practices. My practice is much more stable than it has ever been, and has even been able to survive, and thrive, while I took 9 months off on two separate occasions to get through very difficult pregnancies. I am also working on my doctorate in Physical Therapy, and should be finished within the next 9-12 months. We have been able to expand the services provided at each office, and significantly improve employee training and continuing education, utilizing Survival Strategies’ courses and trainers. I absolutely love what I do, am excited about providing exceptional care to each and every patient who enters our office, and love all my staff members. Survival Strategies has enabled me to have balance in my life, and do the things that I love the most.
I do know that without Survival Strategies, I would still be living a life built on fixed ideas, thinking small, being ignorant about good solid business practices, and overwhelmed by the small stuff, instead of excited and energized by the big stuff! I have learned, to quote Paul Silovsky, PT, a client of Survival Strategies, to ‘Think BIG or GO HOME!!’”
“I have been working with Survival Strategies, Inc. for the past three years. My practice has grown through the managed care era from 150-200 visits per month to over 700 per month. I have also opened up three satellite offices and am working on the fourth.
The Referral Program I completed is great! I have grown from 5-10 referral sources to over 100! To accommodate this, I have expanded my employee base from myself and a few staff to a staff of 15 productive, viable employees.
My training in Physical Therapy provided me with the tools to be an excellent clinician. However, I had no training in Marketing or Management. It is difficult to have a successful practice without business knowledge.
Before being trained by my consultants in basic communication skills and strategies, I felt nervous and embarrassed in referral interactions with physicians, managed care organizations, etc. I totally lacked confidence in these areas. Now, I approach doctors and other referral sources with total confidence and am able to develop relationships.
I have learned to manage by objective means, using weekly and monthly statistics to pinpoint any problem. This has enabled me to predict and handle inefficiencies before they develop into major situations.
I often have therapists call me as a reference for Survival Strategies. The question asked most frequently, and the major concern of those who call is in regard to the dollar investment. With certainty I can say that if I had not worked with them I would not be in practice today. Many practitioners in my community are amazed that in this era of managed care I have been able to thrive and actually expand my practice. My major success is my use of the techniques and systems I have learned which are now part of my knowledge in operating a business.
All this, I’m sure, sounds very optimistic and “too good to be true.” It took great dedication and hard work on both Survival Strategies’ and my part. If you would like to become more successful, I’m sure they would be glad to have another team player.”
“I just completed the Power of Choice Program. Today is the 14th anniversary of starting my private practice. I can now do other activities, like taking another week off to go to the beach with my wife. This is all possible because I know have the key people in place to manage my practice while I’m gone. I do not worry.
We are in the midst of constructing a 6,500 square foot clinic. Much of that is also being handled by my key people. The peace of mind, more free time, and the expansion would not have been possible without the Power of Choice Program. Thanks!”