What do you do? ....
Where do you work and what is your title?
I own Alternative Rehabilitation Therapies, Inc. at 2020 West Colorado Ave. Aside from running the business with my partner, Tracie Van Buskirk, I am a licensed massage therapist, certified neuromuscular therapist, laser therapist and certified in applied neurology. I also provide craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation, and practice Reike.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
The primary service at ART is therapeutic massage. We complement the treatments with cold laser therapy. It is very effective in treating pain and neuromuscular conditions. The results of these treatments have been remarkable. We like to get people feeling better and to keep them that way with regular massage and related therapies.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I trained for about two years and have practiced for the last year and a half on the Westside. Last March, we purchased ART and plan to be here for a long time.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
The job is so compelling. I work with expert massage therapists in a feng shui setting. It is like seeing miracles everyday. I see healing time consistently cut virtually in half. We often get results when other options have been exhausted. We also work with doctors and therapists. If they are not getting the results they are seeking with a patient then perhaps we can help with the laser and therapeutic massage. The thing I like best is seeing a client get better fast.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
If I could change one thing, it would be to cut down the paperwork. That's not my thing. I prefer to treat and help clients and it seems we get bogged down in documentation.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
My training was very thorough; however, I had no idea how stressful running a business can be. Also, I had no idea the hours required to keep everything happening. It is still fun to be in the massage business. I shouldn't be complaining since I work in the stress-relief business!
What makes working on the Westside special?
The Westside has such a nice small town feeling. Folks are relaxed and friendly. It really is a nice compliment to the work we do. My partner Tracie, son Mason and I enjoy the events. We love the food, shops, hiking and Jeeping in the area. We certainly appreciate all the support and love we receive from the Westside.
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