We had the good fortune of connecting with Annette Tamraz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annette, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Since I was young I wanted to help people. I always liked interacting and connecting with people on a personal level, and as I grew older found that I was interested in helping them feel better. I came to this country as an immigrant with two young children and had to build my life and my career from nothing. I had to learn English, first of all, and then obtain a degree, not only with the goal of getting a job but to start my own business. I worked hard to overcome all the obstacles in my way, but with passion and determination I knew I could make my dreams come true.This led me to pursue a medical career and the dream of opening my own clinic. It was hard work to reach that goal and even harder to help my clinic grow and thrive. During the process I learned from others in the field and from my own mistakes. But most of all I knew that if I put all of myself into the pursuit of my dream, the result would be great. I wanted to build a clinic that provided individualized treatment plans tailored to the personal needs of the client in a warm and welcoming environment. Because of that, I soon found that my patients were the most helpful marketing tool I had, and their word-of-mouth recommendations were the key to my growth.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My interest in the medical sciences and community service began early in my life. While living in Armenia in the 80s, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in midwifery. I worked in local hospitals for several years before moving to the United States with my husband and two young children. Upon arriving to Los Angeles, I worked hard to gain fluency in english in order to continue my education. I always viewed the medical field as my pathway to bettering humanity and my community.
When I began taking college classes, I contemplated which field of medicine to pursue. I have always felt a strong connection with geriatric patients. I felt that our society both undervalues and under treats this sensitive and growing patient population. I chose physical therapy as my career with the intention of helping geriatric patients with chronic pain and mobility deficits.
I earned my Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge. After graduation, I attended courses and seminars on orthopedic manual therapy and I continue post graduate work in orthopedic physical therapy .
Ten years after beginning my career, I chose to open my own physical therapy clinic. At FlexMotion Physical Therapy, I was able to hone in on my skills as a skilled clinician to create a warm and healing environment for my patients. During this time I also chose to earn my degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. This advanced degree has allowed me to provide world class care for my community. With the improved success of my clinic, I have been able to take many pro bono patients. These have included patients without healthcare coverage, those who’s coverage would not pay for the full length of my planned treatment and victims of violent crimes in need of rehabilitation.
My position in the community has also afforded me the opportunity to lead several fund raisers for the Arthritis Foundation and the AIDs Project Los Angeles. As a supplement to my leadership roles, I have also participated several half marathons in order to raise money for the foundations listed above as well as the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. In 2013, I ran the full Los Angeles marathon as a partner of the AIDs Project and raised over $2000.
Another passion of mine is preserving our environment and natural resources. As a long standing member and leader of the Sierra Club, I have been able to educate our communities about the importance of preserving our national forests. Through this organization, I have helped to create a social community where environmentalists are better able to network in order to lead change in local policy. One particularly proud accomplishment has been my seat as the Social Chair of the Forest Committee. Together along with the other committee members, we were able to pass a bill that turned Pleasant View, a forested area that was going to be converted into commercial land, into a protected nature area. For my efforts in this project the Sierra Club awarded me a certificate of achievement.
Many years ago, I reached a crossroads in my career. I felt that I had to choose between my family, a successful career, community service, fitness, environmentalism and many others. Although I have treaded carefully in order to balance my resources, I choose to conquer every road. Each road is one that both helps me fulfill my own needs and those of my family, my friends, my patients and my community. In the larger picture of our society, I hope that my life’s work and sacrifices will help better humanity as a whole.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is a great city with something special to offer everyone. In one day you can be soaking up the sun on the beach and skiing in the mountains. We have amazing food, legendary nightlife, some of the country’s best theme parks and incredible museums. I love taking my guests to Malibu for a hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a meal at Paradise Cove. I also love taking guests to the Santa Monica promenade, Universal Studios City Walk, the Getty Museum, Huntington Gardens, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. And who can say no to strolling and shopping in Beverly Hills!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family were a huge support in achieving my goals. I would have not been able to do what I am doing if it wasn’t their help , encouragement, understanding , and help.