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Meet Michael Silva of FOUNDATIONperformance Sports Medicine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Silva.

Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Southeastern MA…Westport. I went to University of Rhode Island for college and graduate school at UMASS – Lowell, finished up in 1998 and have lived in both MA and RI since then. I have been a physical therapist since 1998, and I started my business in 2003 in Rhode Island and then opened an office in 2012 in Plainville Massachusetts and then a third back in RI. We have three offices total between the two states.

When I started as a PT I just knew there was a better way to treat employees and our patients then what I was seeing and experiencing. I also really wanted to focus on helping people who were motivated to improve their health, fitness, and function and were not just looking for a “pill” or “quick fix”. My wife and I decided that if we build it…they will come. So in 2003 when my first child was born I decided to go completely out on my own and started the business. Since then I have specialized in the prevention and treatment of running injuries and likewise my offices have helped take on that population as well. As a team, I believe we treat more runners then most clinics, our reputation of understanding and treating runners has grown and helped grow our business.

I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with around 15 professional/Olympic runners from 4 different countries, and have worked with some of the best in the world…what an honor it is to work with such talented, driven, successful athletes.

Although it is so fun to work with them, we spend most of our time working with our teens and adults of all different levels.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Growing a business is never a smooth road, but it comes with the territory. When I have a good team, everything works out just fine. Some of the biggest struggles are dealing with the ever changing health insurance world and the increasing costs for our clients. It is getting harder for active people to get good care to keep them active and healthy without having to spend a lot of their own money…insurances are really limiting what they will cover. We have come up with different “self-pay” options to help keep the services affordable for our clients.

FOUNDATIONperformance Sports Medicine – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a multi-site physical therapy and wellness practice with 8 physical therapists, 4 exercise physiologists, and a wellness/nutrition coach. Although we have a strong “runner” population and have proven to be successful with that population, I would say we are proficient at all areas of sports medicine and athletic injury rehabilitation and prevention. Whether it be traumatic injuries, surgery, or cumulative/nagging long-term injuries.

We are also a very “hands on” practice; We as PTs are very manual based, meaning we are using our hands and tools (like dry needles, suction cups, and metal instruments) to resolve pain and restriction. We also have a strong exercise component to all our treatment plans. We never treat more than one patient at a time and really give our patients 110%.

I am most proud of my team who continues to go above and beyond for our patients.

When our patients are referring their family members, friends, loved ones to us I know we are doing something right.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is relative. By definition for most people we may not be the most successful clinic because we don’t make as much money as others out there, but that isn’t my idea of success. When you have a great team of employees who work hard, love what they do, and feel that I am there for them as an employer…success. When you have patients who continue to come to us and refer their loved ones to us…success. When we can help people achieve their physical goals and make their lives better…success.

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