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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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CrossFit Coach Gets Total Knee Replacement

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It’s an incredible honor when another wellness professional trusts you with their recovery, but it’s especially meaningful when that person is one of your own CrossFit coaches. Rebecca has been inspiring me in the gym for the last three years, but don’t let the tattoos and hard … 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

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CrossFit and Shoulder Recovery

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Congratulations to our December Patient of the month, Chris! As a fellow CrossFitter, I knew how badly Chris wanted to stay active at the gym and most importantly at home.  He made a great recovery possible by really listening and following the … Continue reading

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NJ’s Finest Battles Shoulder Injury

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Congratulations to Rafael, our outstanding patient of the month! Iron has a strong commitment to NJ’s law enforcement, and it was a privilege to help this officer get back to full duty. As you can imagine, Rafael was incredibly focused, … Continue reading

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Back on the Golf Course after Two Injuries!

Patient of the Month Our patient of the month, John, probably got to know us a little better than he would have liked this year! Just as he was finishing up therapy for one injury, he had an accident that caused … Continue reading

Positive Attitude + Physical Therapy – Back Pain = Wellness

Patient of the Month

Meet Mark, our May 2015 patient of the month! Mark is someone who exemplifies the power of a positive attitude amidst life’s challenges. He not only brings enthusiasm to every session, but he is one of the funniest people I have met. He literally has the entire clinic laughing by the time he leaves. 
As a doctor, I most appreciate Mark’s ability to receive and apply the information we discuss. I know that he will really utilize the knowledge and skills he’s learned in therapy as he moves forward. It was a true pleasure to support Mark in his journey towards wellness! 

In his Own Words…

Three Words That Describe You:  Artistic – Amiable – Altruistic

What brought you to PT? Word of mouth recommendation
along with a bulging disk that prevented me from doing
movements that I took for granted.

How have you benefitted from PT? Mentally, I realized
how important a daily regimen is. Physically, I recognize and
understand how important core strength is as well as balance.
All in all, I now realize how important it is to keep moving and
not become complacent or sedentary ever.

What would you say to someone with the same injury?
I would (of course) recommend Iron PT to anyone I come across who is suffering. Actually I already have. In the 3 months that I have been a patient, I have seen many different injuries or ailments come through the door that needed resolution. For example, my wife was a patient for her painful wrist. Now, she not only has no pain, but also knows what she did wrong that created the situation and strives to implement the corrective measures learned at Iron PT. So at Iron, you not only get pain relief, but also get educated on top of it…a win/win in my book.

What are you most excited about getting back to?
I am excited to get back to the links. I drove 20 or so practice
balls the other day pain free. I’m just excited to get out of bed
and stand without much pain anymore, and of course I will use
all of the education I learned going forward.