Scott and Movement Physical Therapy made our national magazine!!! Here is how the June article titled "Good Business" by Chris Hayhurst begins:
"Scott Wacker, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CGFI always has known he would run his own practice one day. Its in his nature, he says, to do his own thing. Now, 8 years removed from school and with 8 years of clinical experience, he's set to take the plunge. "I'm fired of working for someone else," says Wacker, who at the time he was interviewed for this story was negotiating the terms of a lease on a 1,000-square-foot space in Edwards, Colorado, that he hoped would become his new clinic. "I'm ready to be in charge."
While it's too early to know for sure, Wacker's new venture his maiden professional foray into the uncertain world of self-employment has a good chance to succeed. Not only because he has a DPT plus 8 years of experience. And not, for that matter, just because he's ambitious or confident or passionate about his profession. Chances are, if Wacker's business makes it--if he signs that lease, hangs that shingle, and his clinic eventually thrives--it will do so in part because he did his homework. You see, Wacker ran the numbers.
"It really has been a process," he explains. "I had a very basic understanding of things such as financial projections, of the need to know your start-up costs and to have a business plan so you knew exactly what you were getting into. I knew all this stuff was out there, but I had no idea how to formulate everything or put it all together." So, he says, he hired a company, Vantage Clinical Solutions, and its principal consultant, Tannus Quatre, PT, MBA, who Wacker happened to know through his wife to show him the ropes.
"A lot of what I did was just answer their questions about what I wanted my clinic to be," says Wacker. "I want it to be a very small outpatient orthopedic practice with one or two therapists. I want it to be highly specialized--my main service will be trigger point dry needling. I want to have lots of time to spend with my patients, and I don't really care about having aides or assistants. I..."