We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Matt Rysdyk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Matt, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The current healthcare format was the initial trigger for my business. I felt like I could offer a higher level of physical therapy and performance services than what any other physical therapy clinic would allow me to do. I know that I can help my clients to the fullest when offering hour long sessions in a high-level fitness environment. Most all other physical therapy clinics that accept insurance limit how much time you can spend with your PT, so I want to offer my patients the chance to spend more than twice the average time with me alone to get rid of their pain. The structure of my business makes for easier documentation and billing on my end, and it allows my clients to know exactly what they are paying for and what to expect, which most people often times get confused by medical appointments and billing.
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?
My business, Remedy Physical Therapy, simply offers a better physical therapy experience than the standard PT clinic that people are used to going to. We serve “everyday athletes”, people who are goal driven and love to take part in an active Phoenix-based lifestyle of hiking, biking, running, and barbell workouts. Because of that, our clinic runs out of a CrossFit gym, meaning that we have access to any and all equipment needed to address our clients movement issues. We offer hour long sessions each session, and the whole time is 1:1 with a doctor of physical therapy. This eliminates any sort of confusion from our clients perspective, as they are not being passed around to different clinicians, as well as they never work with an lower-skilled tech. Our goal to get our clients moving better and out of pain in the fastest amount of time, with our average being about 3-4 visits for people to get back to the activities that they love with as little time in our clinic as possible.
Getting to where I am now has not been easy. A little over a year ago, I joined an online PT business group (shoutout PTBiz) that helped me to focus my efforts and get to a point where I could comfortably begin to see clients. Since joining that group, I have learned how to ask for help from others, as well as how to create a work ethic that allows me to push myself daily to try and provide a better life for my family.
The one thing I want everyone to know about me is this: the goal of my business is to help people get the therapy they need so they can live their lives to the fullest. I get the greatest amount of joy from seeing people achieve their goals, because that generally means that I was able to use my skills and knowledge to get them back to a place of fulfillment, peace, and happiness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In my opinion, the best restaurant in the entire valley is AZ Wilderness Brewery in Gilbert. Their outdoor / hiking vibe is my go-to, and their food is awesome and supports other local businesses in AZ.
We love taking guests to The Duce in downtown Phoenix, as their drinks are awesome, and the event space is such a cool place to hang out in.
When it comes to dessert, we love taking friends and guests to Scooptacular in Laveen. Their ice cream is simply the best I have had since moving here from Michigan, and they support local dairy farmers in the process. You have to check the place out if you are in that area of town.
Besides the classic hiking of Camelback and Piestewa, we love hiking the Dreamy Draw State Park and South Mountain preserve, as they offer amazing views of the city and landscape, and offer such a great range of difficulty hikes to challenge us however we need it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife, Kassey, has been an unbelievable rock and stronghold for me as I have been building my business. She is the first person that I go to when I need help figuring out a solution, and her suggestions are objective and straight forward. She has provided great comfort during harder times, as well as been my primary motivator to continue to chase my dreams.