We had the good fortune of connecting with Amisha Klawonn, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amisha, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind the success of Oneness Physical Therapy is integrity. Everything from the website, to the initial conversation or email, to the evaluation to every follow up visit is done with the client in mind. The client has often seen various healthcare providers and may or may not have been truly listened to. Within Oneness, I take the time as their healthcare provider to hear their story, pay attention to details and invite the client to find the right path to healing. The environment encourages a feeling of safety, being heard and cared for and truly lighting up the way to optimal health.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Oneness Physical Therapy had been a dream from the time I graduated from physical therapy school. After moving around for the first few years of my career and experiencing multiple clinics and how they were run, I knew that I wanted to be able to provide more wellness options and ways of helping healing in clients that I was able to do in those environments. When the opportunity arose in 2013, I dove in and started Oneness Physical Therapy. What I’ve learned is that it’s not easy to be an entrepreneur, however, the benefits are so amazing. With years of business training, networking and running a business with integrity, it’s been wonderful to see the lives that can change because of hanging out your shingle. I believe that you attract that people you are meant to work with and there are several client’s who have changed my life with their inspiring dedication to their healing. Lessons learned along the way include, that things don’t always work out as planned. I’m on my 3rd location due to things beyond my control, however, I’m thrilled with where I am now. In a collaboration with Remedy Pilates and Barre, it’s a been truly amazing to be in the beautiful Arcadia studio and see clients there to incorporate yoga, pilates and barre within our sessions. It’s also been a way for clients to see Pilates classes in action and picture themselves doing those exercises, it’s very inspiring for them. I also now have a wonderfully healing office space for more hands on work, that provides a respite from the busy world to allow for deep replenishment. Oneness Physical Therapy serves to integrate holistic physical therapy and deep healing within each session, and I am deeply grateful that it continues to serves clients year after year.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are fantastic places to visit and spend time in Phoenix. Dining would include brunch at LGO, sunset drinks at Sanctuary, an amazing dinner on the patio at FnB (have you tried the butterscotch pudding here?), and an evening walk around Old Town Scottsdale. The farmer’s market downtown is great Saturday morning activity, and then going to a Diamondbacks game is so much fun and cool thanks to the air-conditioning. For just out of the way places, I love visiting Sedona and Flagstaff (current fave restaurants are The Annex and Pizzacletta). Hiking is great Camelback Mountain and hopping over to a spin class at the Madison or a flow class at Modern Yoga. This city is full of so many wonderful things to do!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Success is truly about the guidance you’ve been given along the way. I’ve been deeply blessed with amazing mentors throughout my career. The first being my wonderful mom, Chandrika Lotwala. Growing up visiting home health patients with her was very inspiring, and then watching her build a business from the ground up showed me that entrepeneurs can truly whatever they set their minds to accomplish. My manual therapy career was laser focused with mentoring and endless questioning of my people that I truly look up to. This includes Tim Fearon, PT and Margaret Anderson, PT, both who put up with my constant questioning, and were always very patient and caring in their support of my fledging career and little spark of confidence. They grew it in a nurturing way that allowed me to keep building and supporting others as I grew in my own knowledge. Yoga therapy entered my life through the teachings of Ginger Garner, DPT and was deeply influenced by Matt Taylor, PT who has been so giving of his deep well of knowledge and happily fields all questions. I am so grateful for their presence in my life. The group that has made a huge difference in my world has been the Phoenix Yoga Therapy group that was co-founded in Phoenix, AZ by Matt Taylor and myself. It has become such a lifeline of healthcare providers integrating yoga therapy into their own lives and their clients lives. I also would never have gotten the opportunity to explore this route of business without the encouragement and support of my husband, Adam Klawonn. He’s been my number 1 fan since my first Pilates training and is always a well of true motivation and inspiration.
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