Ah, Thanksgiving. We’re just hours away from that celebratory time of year when we turn our focus to family, food, and football. But while we’re all excited about getting elbow-deep in all the yummy Turkey Day delicacies (green bean casserole FTW!), let’s not forget about the true purpose of this annual tradition: giving thanks. In that spirit, we thought you might delight in some Thanksgiving reflections from a few of rehab therapy’s finest.

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Heidi Jannenga

Co-founder and President of WebPT

In the Jannenga household, Thanksgiving celebrations have always gone beyond the food and festivities. With hectic schedules and plenty of commitments—Heidi running the show at WebPT; Brad leading up SaaS Industries; oh, and both parents caring for little Ava—the Jannengas are giving special thanks for all the opportunities afforded to them over the past year as well as their ability to always make time for each other.

Additionally, Heidi said she’s very thankful for each and every WebPT Member, “especially those who have been here since day one and who took a chance on us as a fledgling start-up.” She also wants to give special thanks to all of WebPT’s raving fans—those Members and friends who, in addition to promoting the WebPT brand within the industry and on social media, “continue to offer feedback and sage advice to enhance our product.”

Ben Fung

Chief Content Officer/Partner of UpDoc Media

In addition to being grateful for mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, Ben Fung is giving thanks to the direction he believes the industry is heading. “I'm most thankful that the rehab therapy industry is beginning to find ways to bind together as a community, build each other up, and pass the torch on early.”

All too often, Fung says, industry leaders pick up the torch to lead—but then “leave the torch burning on the ground, waiting for someone else to eventually pick it up. Or, we see that no one wants to pass on the torch, no matter the amount of momentum they've lost.” Fortunately, Fung believes that isn’t the case throughout the rehab world. “Of course, the way to win is to hand off the torch, so each wave of innovators can take the race that much further. I feel that rehab therapy is coming to a point where doing just that is becoming the new normal.”

Brian Hartz

Owner of Hartz Physical Therapy

Physical therapy practice owner Brian Hartz is giving a special shout-out to his devoted employees. “I’m thankful for my dedicated staff that shares their compassion for private practice and providing unparalleled customer service. Each day, they strive to achieve superior outcomes for all of our patients.”

Hartz even developed a top-10 list of daily experiences that make him thankful for being part of this amazing profession:

  1. Seeing the celebratory dances patients perform when they’re weaning off an assistive device
  2. Having productive staff meetings
  3. Hearing visiting high school students ask what it’s like to be a PT
  4. Observing our front-desk staff turning a patient’s somber mood into an optimistic one
  5. Having former patients stop in to offer a quick hello
  6. Meeting amazing people
  7. Experiencing patients’ reactions when they achieve a full revolution on an exercise bike after getting a total knee replacement
  8. Watching high-fives happen between patients who don’t know each other
  9. Hearing laughter in the gym
  10. Getting chills when patients offer you heartfelt thanks

Of course, Hartz couldn’t forget to give a special nod to his family: “And most importantly, I’m thankful to have a family that supports and understands the demands of owning a private practice!”

Donna De Leon

Biller at Endeavor Rehab Center

For biller Donna De Leon, the addition of two extra people around her Thanksgiving table will make the holiday even more meaningful. “I’m thankful for the love and support of my husband. But I’m even more thankful that I am able to foster two brothers who were displaced from their home and will be able to celebrate the holidays with us.”

Anthony Corso

Physical Therapist at Corso Physical Therapy, PC

With rules and regulations always changing, PT Anthony Corso is thankful for “WebPT’s aggressive approach” in cultivating information and resources that help his practice remain compliant with all things Medicare.


What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Which holiday traditions matter most to those near and dear to you? Share your stories in the comment section below!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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