2013: The Year in Review

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW

It's been an exciting year at IronPT and we feel incredibly blessed to have connected with so many people in our clinic, community and online.

As entrepreneurs, we usually go full speed ahead but the end of the year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on how far we've  come.

Here are some of the highlights of 2013:

We saw our practice double in size for the 2nd year in a row!

We were quoted twice in Runner's World Magazine and recognized locally as one of the "Best PT Clinics"  in Essex County.

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runner's world magazine quotes dr. Mayes on injury prevention

We added yoga classes to keep our community in tip top shape. Only one spot left in our 6-week series starting Jan. 7!

We teamed up with Fleet Feet Montclairand Essex Running Clubto directly support our local runners

Running Tips for Fleet Feet Montclair

Running Tips for Fleet Feet Montclair

We continued to support CWC Soccer and all things Chiefs!

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Hosted 1st "Iron Half Marathon" after Jersey Shore Half cancelled

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Iron Physical Therapy Half Marathon

Dr. Mayes earned certifications in Active Release Technique and Selective Functional Movement Assessment

For the first time an "Iron Team" participated in the Fitzgerald's 5K

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We continued our efforts to stay connected with the many people who touch us through Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog. In case you missed them, here were the most popular blog posts in 2013

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Most importantly, we had the privilege to partner with our patients on their journey to get better and be better. They are what make this place and this work so special. Together we battled injury and setbacks and PAIN. We honor each person who walked through our doors and showed us what real courage and perseverance looks like.  

Stay tuned for another exciting year in 2014! Lots of great things on the horizon... you'll be the first to know.

NYC Marathon 2012 Weekend Recap

Well, it's been a wild and crazy week. Hurricane Sandy ravaged our NJ and NY coast causing damage to lives, homes, property and left us without power.I was fortunate to only lose power for 5 days and escaped without any personal damage.

I was still excited, yet with mixed emotions, after Mayor Bloomberg confirmed that the NYC Marathon would indeed be held. Over the next 24 hours, my brother along with thousands of other eager marathon participants, would fly in from all parts of the world only to learn that the marathon was cancelled after because too much controversy and negativity surrounded the race.

While I was in favor of running the marathon (after he initially said it would go on), I agreed with the decision to cancel it even though it should have happened  earlier. With the decision final, I was ready to use my energy for good.

After learning about a couple volunteer opportunities through New York Runners in Support of Staten Island and Renaissance Church, my brother and I packed up our supplies and went to Staten Island. Seeing the homes devastated by the storm, streets filled with garbage, boats blown inland, downed trees and people scrabbling for basic necessities was a true reality check.

It was humbling working alongside individuals who had lost practically everything. We met up with other NYC runners and pitched in where we could; unloading supplies off trucks; carrying supplies to people's homes; organizing relief items as they came in; cleaning garbage out of homes and just being there for those who had lost so much.

We were received with great appreciation and were thanked more than we deserved.  While volunteering, I was interviewed by ABC News:

View Video Clip of My ABC News Interview on Sunday 

But the true "marathoners" are the people who have lost everything and those who have been helping others clean and survive for the countless hours since the storm on Tuesday.

So, you might be wondering if I was disappointed about not running the marathon.....of course....and I think that's ok. I dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to training. So, yes it was disappointing not running.

However, what I witnessed in Staten Island is what life is really about: people coming together and helping each other regardless of their differences.

Here's to runners and our great state of NJ coming together!

Bike MS

For the last six years I've participated in Bike MS, but this time it is even more personal. In January one of our great friends, Megan Pryslak, was diagnosed with MS. My wife has been friends with Megan since they were in grade school, so the news was particularly upsetting. As a physical therapist I've known a number of people battling the disease, but it has been eye opening to really see the process unfold. From the painful and confusing symptoms, to the frustration of getting a diagnosis, to receiving a welcome packet from a Society that currently has no cure, it is an unimaginable challenge. The disorder affects you in every way from taking your kids up and down the stairs (Megan has two) to getting dressed and remembering that you have a doctor's appointment; but I believe that if we all come together, a cure is possible! So for Megan and so many others, I bike to create a world FREE of MS.

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Run/Walk for Autism

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Geno running with jogger

What a beautiful day for Caldwell College to host a Run/Walk for Autism. New Jersey leads the country in the prevalence for autism with one in ninety-four children affected. It was an amazing event to raise public awareness while also supporting the people in our own lives affected by autism.

You will feel better...

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This is a blog to make help you Get Better and BE Better.  We want to help you get out of pain so you can move, move, move. We will talk about physical therapy (what is that anyway?), injury prevention, sports, nutrition, events, trends and products we love.

We are a husband and wife duo! He is the Doctor of Physical Therapy, and she is everything else. We decided to open our own practice so we could deliver the kind of personalized healthcare we think you deserve.

We like to think of Iron Physical Therapy as a "boutique" clinic. We are small, specialized, and one-of-a-kind. Sure we treat the usual orthopedic pain, sports injuries, and post-surgical patients, but we do it in a totally different way.

We are not interested in quotas (i.e., 30 patients a day), shortcuts, or nameless faces. We are a community based practice that is focused on one thing - helping you recover and experience an abundance of health and wellness.

We are excited to connect with you in a whole new way! Let the learning begin.