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Dr. Schenkman’s First Spartan Race

IMG_1285Lately everywhere I turn, I hear of people doing obstacle course races. It seems to have been the fad for this decade. So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for my first race – the “Spartan Sprint” – which is between 3-5 miles containing 20-23 obstacles. The obstacles include rope climbs, spear throws, wall climbs, heavy bucket carries, monkey bars and more!  Even though the sprint is the shortest of the Spartan races, there is still a lot of endurance and strength required to finish.

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Get to Know Owner & Chief Everything Officer, Meri

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How did you get into the physical therapy industry?  For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in mind, body, spirit wellness. I always loved exploring nutrition and fitness, and then in college, I decided to study Psychology to learn more about human behavior. It was a fantastic major, but I knew that ultimately I wanted to incorporate that into something more business oriented. With that, I pursued a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (contributing an organization’s success by improving the selection, performance, motivation, satisfaction and overall well-being of employees). Ultimately this led to a career in higher education, but I was always an entrepreneur at heart (thanks dad). I knew I wanted to have my own business someday, so after Geno (husband and co-owner) completed his DPT, I knew this was the perfect opportunity and industry. 

What do you like most about your job? I am so passionate about movement and physical therapy. It’s like you have a secret that can change lives…the ultimate way to move better, sleep better and perform better. So many people don’t know the solution is right under their nose. That’s what excites me everyday. 

What’s your role at Iron? Like most small business owners, I do a little of everything — leadership, marketing, finance/accounting, insurance billing, HR, operations, etc. I work from home which is fantastic, but do miss seeing everyone at IRON. I don’t have a “typical” day, but here’s what happened today: In the morning, I had a phone meeting with our Manager Claudia to discuss upcoming hiring, better processes for insurance authorizations and the new vacation policy for staff. It’s the last day of the month, so next, I reconciled everything in Quickbooks and ran our monthly financial reports. I then wrote a blog post and designed a new marketing piece for upcoming events. I finished the day by organizing our past due insurance payments (grrrrr!) and dropping some Starbucks off to the staff because it’s been a long week. This is my home office where all the magic happens…

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How do you like working with your husband? I love it!! He’s as great as you think he is! We really have our own domains, so there’s not a lot of conflict, but when issues do arise, our different perspectives balance each other out well. The best part is that we never run out of things to talk about – ha! Our work really brings us together. We share the vision for the company, have a similar drive for growth and risk tolerance, place a high priority on integrity and strive for life balance. But even in 2016, it seems hard for people to understand that we are partners and I might flinch if you say, “so you help Geno with the business” or “you’re the woman behind the man” ; ) In this case, we stand next to each other and equally love and drive our business. Just had to say that!

Where did you grow up? I grew up on six acres in Far Hills, NJ with my parents and two sisters. I love them all to pieces. Here’s a pic with my new extended family.SBP_9054-1 (1).jpg

10553523_10203453804558575_1702119767169632896_nWhere did you go to school? I attended Furman University in SC (that’s where I met Geno) and UNC-Charlotte for graduate school. Here’s a pic of us as college sweethearts – lol!

What was your first job after college? I worked for GE in human resources and then transitioned to career services for the next seven years. I worked at Pace University (NYC) and Seton Hall University. I loved higher ed!

Who’s at home? My husband of 15 years, our two amazing daughters and our fur-baby.

 

How do you like to stay active? Anything OutdoorsCycling, Yoga, Running, CrossFit! I think movement heals everything. 

How would friends describe you:  I asked a few besties, and they said — Tenacious, Authentic, Grace-Giving, Grateful, Passionate, Courageous and Dynamic. How sweet are they! The one I own the most is grateful. I’ve always looked at life with deep appreciation and believe, “the world owes you nothing.”

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Hidden talent? Hobbies? Real EstateTo put Geno through school, we flipped a few houses and did all the renovations ourselves. Thanks to Google and YouTube, I learned how to do everything from tiling and sheetrock to design and staging. I even got my real estate license so I could list the homes myself. It was challenging, but fun, and we made it to graduation with no loans!!

One thing on your bucket list? Become a snowbird (I strongly dislike NJ winters)

Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo? Beach House! 

How many pairs of shoes do you own? A lot, but thanks to my PT husband, I have far fewer flip flops : (

Do you play a musical instrument? No. Unfortunately, I’m not at all musical.

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? Costco!!! Best store ever.

Favorite….

  • Author? Brene Brown
  • Food? Sushi and Ice Cream
  • TV Show? Anything HGTV and Scandal (Parenthood was my fav before it went off) 
  • Ice Cream Flavor? Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Drink at Starbucks? Summer = Coffee Frappuchino, Winter = Peppermint Mocha Latte
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Get to Know Owner & DPT, Dr. Geno Mayes

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Why did you go into Physical Therapy? While playing soccer in college and high school, I spent my fair share of time in the sport medicine department due to several injuries including multiple ankle sprains. This ignited my interest in healthcare, but I … Continue reading

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Get to Know Clinic Assistant, Beckie

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What do you like most about working in a physical therapy clinic? I love when I can be helpful to people. I consider it an honor to be able to come close to people when they are in such a vulnerable … Continue reading

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Get to Know Clinic Assistant, Joanna

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What do you like most about working in a physical therapy clinic? I love talking with patients and helping them on their journey.  I love to see their progress from the moment they walk in to start PT until the day they graduate. … Continue reading

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Get to Know DPT, Dr. Jayson

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Why did you go into PT? In middle and high school, my ballet teacher Ms. Rosemary seemed to know each and every stretch and exercise to do whenever we complained about something bothering us. Her knowledge came from years of experience as a professional dancer. She sparked my interest in physical therapy, and from there, I volunteered at a PT clinic in high school and decided to apply to physical therapy programs for college! 

What do you like most about being a PT?  Getting to know my patients! It’s great to be in the medical profession yet be able to develop relationships with patients. We may see you three hours per week, for several months. That’s a lot of time! I also love how we’re on our feet and every day is different. 

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Skillman, NJ, located in central Jersey in Somerset County. 

Where did you go to school?  I went to Northeastern University in Boston. I graduated with my BS in Rehabilitation Science and then my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

What was your first job? My first jobs included lifeguarding, babysitting and teaching swim lessons.

Who’s at home? Any furry friends?

  • My husband Ben and our 9 month old daughter Kayleigh 
  • Two dogs, Riley a 4.5 y/o Goldendoodle and Kaia, a crazy 1.5 y/o golden retriever mix 

How do you like to stay active? I enjoy Barre classes, a group exercise class that combines elements of ballet, yoga and pilates.

How would friends describe you? “Kayleigh’s Mom” lol 

Hidden talent? Hobbies? I love traveling, photography and scrapbooking! 

One thing on your bucket list? Go on an African Safari 

Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo? Beach House … but further South than NJ. It’s not unanimous in my household though! 

How many pairs of shoes do you own? I plead the fifth… 

Do you play a musical instrument? Nope, I’m not musically inclined at all! 

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? So hard to just pick one… but I’ll go with HomeGoods 

Favorite…

Trips? Honeymoon in Thailand and Cross-Country road trip across the US 

Sport to watch? Football (I’m the reigning Fantasy Football Champ in our league 🙂 

Drink at Starbucks? Skinny Vanilla Latte

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Get to Know DPT, Dr. Wortman

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Why did you go into PT? I went into PT because I didn’t want a desk job, didn’t want to teach, and wasn’t sure what I could do with a biology degree!  I knew I wanted to work with people, but didn’t … Continue reading