Committee Chair Letter

Brenda Grumley
By Brenda Grumley

FRICTION! Many of us would prefer to avoid conflict, and yet in any workplace, friction is inevitable, because we are dealing with people and ideas. In preparation for writing this letter, I came across a definition of friction in the Oxford Dictionary that really hit home: “conflict or animosity caused by clash of wills, temperaments, and opinions.” Admittedly, I had some angst around committing my thoughts about friction to paper — and then realized that putting pen to paper is actually a form of friction for me.

Editor’s Note

Kristen Wilson
By Kristen Wilson, PT, DPT

It’s hot. Like really hot. It’s so hot you can see heat waves coming off the pavement, the ice in your margarita melts between the kitchen and the patio, and the sweat drips down your face faster than you thought gravity would allow.

Membership Matters

The mission of the Private Practice Section (PPS) is to champion the success of the physical therapist in business. Whether you’ve just joined or are a long-time member, PPS is here to support your efforts and provide the resources and tools to help you meet your goals. But don’t take our word for it, hear from our members about what PPS membership means for them and their business.

Alyssa Breslin, PT, DPT, NCS


PPS provides payment tools and resources to guide you through the complicated payment environment. Updated regularly, the payment tools and resources are some of the most sought-after PPS membership resources. Access them at

Slate of Candidates for 2022 Elections


Staci Lyons, PT

Staci Lyons, PT, is the owner/founder of Pinnace Medical Wellness in Washington State. She has owned multiple private practice locations for 18 years while developing a model for integrating a multi-disciplinary approach to health promotion and disease prevention in the outpatient therapy setting. In addition to private practice ownership, Pinnacle also drives collaboration through partnerships, joint ventures, and consulting relationships with other healthcare practices interested in specializing in this aspect of care delivery.

Plan to Succeed by Planning Ahead

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Use long-term planning to avoid the last-minute surprises that can prevent your practice from running smoothly

By Elizabeth Baxter, MS

In a private practice, you develop a rhythm for managing daily tasks. Checking email, seeing patients, tending to equipment, reviewing daily billing, meeting with staff members — the repetition inherent in all of these tasks makes them easy to remember. Even weekly occurrences, such as running KPIs and responding to employees’ PTO requests, can develop a memorable cadence. Monthly occurrences, though, often surprise us, never mind annual concerns like reviewing your lease or getting started on your taxes.

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