We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Semel, DPT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I went to PT (physical therapy) school I knew I wanted to start a clinic on my own. I had a good friend there that shared similar thoughts. We often spoke about becoming partners and starting a physical therapy clinic. We would frequently talk about how we would run things and how great it would be. Unfortunately, we each moved to different states and our ideas never came to fruition but it did plant the seeds for me. After moving to LA from New York, I quickly found a job working at a great clinic. I was given great liberty to treat my patients as I saw fit and I stayed with them for eight years! The corporate structure after that time changed and I did not like the new rules that were implemented. I knew I needed to make a change. That seed that was planted in PT school had been growing and I decided it was time to take the jump!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We run a physical therapy clinic that focusses on pediatric and orthopedic conditions which are my favorite areas in the physical therapy world. We have a very different approach than the physical therapy clinics most people are familiar with in that we only provide 1 on 1 treatment. We are very hands on. Each person we work with gets our full attention for the time they are in the clinic with us. This allows us to treat our patients better. In short, it has not been an easy road. . It took us about 6 months to build up a caseload of patients and start developing relationships with some of the local doctors. Things were starting to pick up and it was exciting. Then Covid hit. Within the span of a weekend we were completely shut down and not seeing any patients. We are still recovering but it has been slowly and steadily building again. I think the lesson learned is to never give up. I watched a TED talk that really hit home for me. It described what most successful people have in common is “grit”. That drive to keep pushing forward no matter what.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the natural beauty of California. I would definitely take a drive up the coast stopping at a few beaches and taking a few hikes. Along the way, we would stop in Oxnard and stay at the Mandalay Bay Hilton which is on the beach and eat dinner at the Herzog winery. Our destination would be Sequoia for a few nights of camping.
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 first shoutout goes to my wife who deserves more than a little credit for my jump into private practice. She has been so supportive and encouraging. I would not have made the move without her. My business partner, Josh also deserves a big shoutout. He has been through the process of starting a private practice and knew all the ins and outs that have always seemed daunting to me.