We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Whitman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
This is a loaded question and could be answered in a variety of different ways. First, Positive Physical Therapy and Fitness helps the community by treating its members with the love and care they deserve. We take pride in treating each and every patient as if they were our own family. During our 7 years of business we have treated patients aging from 6 months to 99 years of age. We practice in an open clinic setting (following strict covid protocol) that allows community members (employees and patients) to encourage one another during their rehab process. It is vital that members of a community are physically healthy as this improves decision making, decreases stress and helps one’s mood. A physically healthy person can better handle the day to day stress caused by life especially during tough times we are currently in during Covid-19. I like to picture it as a chain reaction… for example, once a grownup no longer has neck pain, he/she now has the ability to perform his/her job with more clarity, increased patience with his/her children at home thus leading to a better financial outcome and improved chances of raising his child to become a leader in the community. Second, Positive Physical Therapy through the years has been involved in many community events helping those in greatest need. We have volunteered at “life Rolls On” events for people with physical disability, helped inner city youth discover the great outdoors with “happy trails for kids”, treated those in running groups that encourage the community to stay physically active, participated in clothing and food drives to help the homeless and less fortunate, donated to services such as “row LA” which encourage persons of every background to get into college while learning valuable life lessons about consistentcy and hard work through rowing. We have offered free evaluations and treatments at many community businesses while mentoring and training the next generation of physical therapists from schools like UCLA, USC, CSUN, SMC and LMU. Lastly, along with helping people physically we also strive to help people mentally and emotionally by keeping and spreading a positive outlook on things. Our name, Positive Physical Therapy, is not taken for granted as we do our best to uplift those we come in contact with in order to allow them to spread the “positive” atmosphere.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The thing that sets Positive Physical Therapy and Fitness apart from other therapy offices is our staff. We work well as a team and do our best to give our honest advice and opinions. It is not often that you will find a physical therapy clinic that works more like a team than we do. At Positive PT you will often see the therapist and other employees asking each other questions, mentoring each other with the hope of making better clinical decisions in the future. We take pride in treating each employee and patient like they are family. Our business started in a 300 square foot room 7 years ago and has expanded into a 3000 square foot facility today. There were plenty of poor decisions made along the way but those are turned into learning opportunities. With every failure/mistake comes a really good learning opportunity and that has helped us grow each year in business. I have learned that in order to have success in business you must learn to be consistent and work hard. These attributes bread success. I want the world to know that the physical therapy is useful for everyone. Not only can we treat injuries but we are better suited to prevent future injuries before they occur. Prevention will always be the best treatment.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were coming to visit, I would show them nature. It is rare that such a magnificent city like Los Angeles have so many fun outdoor activities to participate in such as rock climbing in malibu, surfing in El Porto, hiking in the santa monica mountains. My favorite restaurants are caveman kitchen on Vermont, Farmers Market at the grove, and most importantly my friend’s kitchens.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, coworkers and mentors deserve all the recognition because this company would not exist had been for their help, dedication and time along the way. There were about 2-3 times during the first year where I wondered if starting a business was worth it and they were their to encourage me to continue by allowing me to view the results from a different point of view which expanded my reasons for doing what I love. They kept me pushing forward!