A short history...
On April 13, 2001, I took over Penshurst Physiotherapy Centre from Ralph Geary. We eventually bought a building nearby and gradually expanded our business into multidisciplinary centre. During my ownership, we basically quadrupled the business.
In 2012, Colin Phillips (the new owner of Penshurst Physiotherapy Centre) asked if we were willing to sell him the practice. We were and so negotiations commenced and an agreement was met.
On Oct 2, 2012, I handed over the business to Colin. I had agreed to stay on and really wanted to continue to be a part of the business. However, I found it more difficult that I had imagined. However, even until I went away on holidays, I still intended to stay on.
What will I be doing?
It wasn't until my first week back at work did I decide to leave. I think it will be best for Colin and the rest of the staff at Penshurst Physio to have a clean start and a fresh shot at making it on their own.
I have already had plenty of opportunities to work in many different locations and clinics however I haven't finalised any plans at this stage. Due to the usual contract restrictions of working within a certain radius, I will be looking at renting some rooms in the Inner West, Parramatta and Sutherland Shire regions. I will finalise these locations and make them publicly available when they are confirmed.
I will be continuing in providing "second opinion" work, Crossfit specialised assessment and treatment and running seminars for health professionals and the public. I will certainly also be available for any of my past patients who choose to follow me - as usual, my goal/desire/mission is to go "above and beyond" in providing the best quality services I can. I won't be setting up a clinic like I have run before - my new work will be a different type of business model to Penshurst Physio.
I wish Colin and the staff at Penshurst Physio all the best. Within 3 months, I expect that the shadow of my presence will have diminished and he will have a practice built on his own reputation.
I would like to thank my staff throughout the years who have made both Sans Souci Physiotherapy Centre and Penshurst Physiotherapy Centre an enjoyable place to work, a friendly place for the patients to come to and get healed at and for ultimately being the reason why we ran 2 very successful practices.
I would like to thank those who have helped me immensely with ancillary services such as Plumbing, Electrical, cleaning and IT services. Particular mention must be made of Peter and Shona Ross who are amazingly generous people...thank you!
I would like to thank my patients who have been very loyal and understanding as I made mistakes throughout the years and learned from them. Without my patients, their word-of-mouth referrals and their advocacy for me and the practices, we wouldn't have had our businesses grow by so much. Thank you for your support.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family and my wife Dianne. Without my parents, I would not have bought my first practice - they took a punt on a 25 year old who said he could do it...without any experience! My brother Adrian who is now a doctor - he basically ran Sans Souci Physio for me while I took care of Penshurst. My sister Amanda for the graphic design work over the years. My children who taught me through the school of hard knocks how to relate to my ante-natal and post-natal patients on a whole new level! And to Dianne who righted the ship in the early days and then ran a tight outfit. Without her tireless work, I would be in an administrative nightmare.
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