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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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Runner Recovers From Surgery

Wendy has faced adversity with determination and zest for life. Her passion for movement and running is contagious. She worked tirelessly in therapy and at home to get back out on the road as quickly as possible. In addition to all of her hard work, … Continue reading

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Soccer and ACL

We’re excited to honor one of our high school athletes as the Iron Patient of the Month. It’s never easy to suffer a challenging injury during your senior soccer season, but Carly has demonstrated impressive strength and dedication throughout the entire rehab process. We … Continue reading

Ironman Triathlete: How she got back on her feet…literally!!

Congratulations Stacey!! When you meet this Ironmother, you know you’re crossing paths with someone special. If you’ve seen her spring up a rope, throw weight over her head or whiz past people in a triathlon, you know she’s tough as nails, but she is also one of the kindest and most gracious people you will ever connect with.Quinn

Like many competitors, the hardest part of injury is often mental. When you thrive on movement, being sidelined can be devastating and sometimes paralyze your recovery. I had to give my CrossFit buddy some tough love at the beginning, but once she committed, I got nothing but the best. I’m so proud of every bit of effort she put into therapy, and I could not be more excited to see her get back out there. She’ll be passing me on the roads again in no time!!!!

In her Own Words…

Three Words to Describe Me: Grateful, Loyal and Determined

What brought you to PT? Two broken bones in my foot coupled with a sprained ankle on January 1st landed me in a boot for 2 months. When the bones did not show proper healing, I was put back on crutches for another month. Finally in April, three months after my accident and still in a boot, I limped into Iron PT.

How have you benefitted from PT? I consider myself a physically active person busy raising three daughters.  My injury caused everything in my life to come to a grinding halt. I could drive but not much else.  Basic household chores and errands became very challenging. The longer the injury lingered, the less activity I was allowed and the more my frustration grew. After one particular doctors appointment, I was told to go home, sit on the couch and do nothing else.  After 10 weeks, that was not what I wanted to hear. After weeks of sitting on the couch, I got the ok to start physical therapy. It was such a relief to just start moving again and begin the process of regaining normal function. Having Dr. Mayes and the Iron PT staff with me every step of my treatment to support and challenge me is the main reason I am back running, riding and swimming today.

What would you say to someone with the same injury? Some breaks don’t heal as well as others. And when you break the navicular bone in your foot, the healing process can be long and arduous and surgery is sometimes necessary. I would suggest someone with the same injury to see a specialist and line up your physical therapy appointments. After being in a boot for as long as I was caused a lot of mobility issues once the breaks healed. I was at my lowest mentally for my first appointment at Iron PT as it just didn’t seem like my foot would ever heal. It was swollen to twice its size and I was walking with a limp. Dr. Mayes told me it was going to be fine, he had seen worse and to change my attitude. It was what I needed to hear. I had to check my negative attitude, get busy working and be patient with my injury. The healing process takes time and you can not hurry it along.

What are you most excited about getting back to? It was an agonizingly long winter which dragged into Spring. I am just so excited to get back to moving without any pain or limitations! I coached my first several lacrosse practices this spring on crutches while trying to maintain some measure of fitness. I had to pull out of my favorite triathlon in Avalon last weekend but knew it was the right decision. I am on the road back and happy to just be lacing up my running shoes again. Although I’m not ready to race, I’m looking forward to doing a few triathlons and working out with Dr. Mayes again at CrossFit. I miss the workouts and the wonderful community of friends there. As I continue to regain my strength and fitness, I am so thankful to have Dr. Mayes and the Iron PT staff in my life!

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Fool Proof Way to Tie Your Running Shoes!

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A patient recently showed me an awesome new shoe tie method! It was so great, I convinced him to create a YouTube Tutorial so other runners (and everyone) could benefit! I’ve tried many methods, but this one is secure and comes … Continue reading