Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Stromquist.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Anna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I graduated from Emory in 2009 and pursued a career in physical therapy, primarily focusing in geriatric therapy. After almost ten years I decided to start my own business, so that I could provide exactly the kind of care I wanted to give. Care that is inclusive, specialized and takes the time I feel is needed to give quality care. Spending adequate time with my patients, in their own homes, helps them make more functional progress in their goals, and gets them to the place they want to be faster with greater support.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting your own business can present challenges that are impossible to foresee. For example, learning the rules and regulations for Medicare was complex and time-consuming. My advice would be to stay patient, while being focused, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone who has done it before. I surround myself with positive people and stay strong with the philosophy that everything is happening to serve you. I take time to reflect and learn lessons from my obstacles, and for me that has been the biggest resource for my progress and resolution in my business challenges.
What should we know about Magnolia Physical Therapy & Wellness? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a doctor of physical therapy who provides services in patient’s home. We are a mobile clinic and we provide the same equipment as a brick-and-mortar clinic but with the convenience and one-on-one focus of being at home. In addition to physical therapy Magnolia also offers speech therapy. We provide quality care to those who can’t make it to a clinic either because of physical limitations, transportation issues, or inconvenience. I think it is important for those receiving care to feel comfortable in their own environments and to tailor the care to meet the needs of their particular lifestyle. Providing therapy at home is also better for realistic goals as well as compliance. We can address real challenges of their daily life, not simulated challenges. For example, navigating stairs or bathrooms. And as far as compliance goes, we can show people where the best place to perform their exercises is in the home.
In addition, Magnolia is the only mobile clinic in Atlanta providing LSVT BIG! and LSVT LOUD! for Parkinson’s disease at home. This is huge! My company offers an unparalleled convenience factor for clients who don’t drive or who’s spouses work. I have had patients tell me they wouldn’t have been able to get this therapy without me coming to their home because they don’t drive, or their caregiver can’t spend the time commuting to and from the clinic.
I think what sets me apart from others is that I really listen to my patients and take time with them. I really give people the focus and care they deserve without rushing our appointments. Understanding the logic and science behind the therapies is important in improving a patient’s motivation to do the exercises.
I also believe in creating meaningful relationships with my patients. I come to their homes, I meet their spouses and grandchildren, I get to see a very personal side of them. And this connection really helps us to establish goals together, and maintain our relationship into the future whenever I am needed.
Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
So many women have inspired me, so many friends, cousins, and loved ones. I think above all my sister, Isadora Stowe, and my mentor, Robbie Houcek have inspired me. My sister is a single-mother and artist and her work-ethic is admirable. She is also so fun to be around!
Robbie has taught me so much about staying positive and receptive to life, and seeing the deeper meanings in events and relationships. I think what they have in common is their creativity at approaching problem-solving. I get inspired to use this with my patients all the time.
- In Network with Medicare B
- Out-of-Network Provider
- Cash-based Discounts
According to the Direct Access law of Georgia you do not need a physician Rx for physical therapy. If you believe you need physical therapy, simply call.
- Address: Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy at home. Treatments specializing in geriatric, balance/dizziness/vestibular, and Parkinson’s Disease.
- Website: www.magnoliaptw.com
- Phone: 678.343.6660
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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