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Meet Michael Wezel, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT of Motion Works Physical Therapy in Walpole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Wezel, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT.

Michael, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I fell in love with the profession of physical therapy in high school. I hurt my hip running track and worked with a great therapist that fixed my problem. As an athlete, I was really interested in working with other athletes. I really liked the idea that exercise and manual techniques could help people feel better.

I received a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2005. I’ve spent the past 12 years working on becoming the best therapist possible. I completed a Fellowship in Manual Therapy with the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and also went back to Northeastern to complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have had the privilege of working with a lot of great therapists that have helped guide me throughout my career, but always knew I wanted to run my own practice.

Opening Motion Works Physical Therapy is the realization of a life-long dream for me. I am a solo practitioner that specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine and the spine. I started treating patients in March 2017 and have been gradually growing each month. I am still supplementing my income by working part-time in other facilities, but hope to dedicate all of my time to the practice soon.

Has it been a smooth road?
The business is off to a relatively good start. I’ve been a clinician for my whole career, but as a business owner I’ve had to get adjusted to wearing a lot of different hats.

Clinically, I enjoy working directly with patients, but now I have to do all of the patient intakes and data entry as well. I’m formulating a budget and doing all of the accounting. I’ve had to hire and train staff. I’m learning as I go.

My biggest challenge so far has been marketing. Again, I’ve been a clinician my whole career. I’m confident that I can help patients to recover from their injuries, but marketing has been more difficult than I anticipated… Luckily, word of mouth has been my greatest asset. I focus on offering all my patients exceptional care during every visit. Hopefully, current patients will tell their friends and family about Motion Works PT and the business will continue to grow.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Motion Works Physical Therapy story. Tell us more about the business.
Motion Works Physical Therapy is a therapist-owned private practice that specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine, treatment of the spine and post-concussion syndrome. I treat patients of all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics. I’m committed to treating patients by providing exceptional, individualized care. Patients can expect personalized attention from the same physical therapist for the course of their treatment. I am the only Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in the Walpole area. As such, I strive to provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care through advanced manual therapy practice, therapeutic exercise and patient education.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The profession of physical therapy is certainly growing. An active population, aging baby boomers and patients with chronic conditions that want to maintain their independence will all contribute to the demand for physical therapy services.

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