Moms: The Ultimate Healthcare Advocates

Moms....We see you, we hear you, we salute you!

We hope you had a wonderful mother's day, and we want to extend special thanks to all of the amazing moms we encounter at IronPT.

We thank you for trusting us to provide exceptional care for your kids (young and old). We thank you for doing your research, sharing your insight and advocating for the ones you love most.

We know that your teenagers  (and even some healthcare providers) may roll their eyes when they see you coming, but we consider you an integral part of our team. Never stop insisting that you and your family get the care you deserve.

We gratefully honor you!

* This post is dedicated the the biggest warrior mom we know! You are amazing  Margaret!



5 Reasons You Should Make Time for Vacation

By Meri Mayes We just returned from an amazing family vacation on Anna Maria Island in Florida! With some great luck, we got out right before the big NJ snowstorm!

As entrepreneurs and small business owners, it is especially hard to take time off, but here are five reasons I think everyone should make time to get away.

1. Reconnect with Family

Sometimes we save the most exhausted and irritable version of ourselves for the ones we love most. Vacation gives us the chance to forget about responsibilities, rules, and challenges so we can indulge in conversation, snuggles, and extra time with the people who really matter.

This trip, we took both our kids and the grandparents so it was extra special.

2. Recharge and Get Fresh Ideas

Vacation is also a time to totally relax and refresh. This was our first non-working vacation in years so Sleep--Eat--Beach was the motto, and it left us feeling refreshed and ready to keep movin' and shakin'.

Over the years, we've also made some of our biggest breakthroughs while sitting on a beach somewhere.  It's amazing what you can think of when you have a clear mind and few distractions.

I can see Dr. Mayes' wheels turning...

I can see Dr. Mayes' wheels turning...

3. Try New Things and Have Fun

When you're young, the world is filled with constant learning and new experiences, but as we "grow up" we often fall into the doldrums of routine.

Vacation is an opportunity to try new things and keep life fresh and exciting. Go ahead -- try parasailing, eat the alligator, feel your heart race -- you only live once.



4. Bolster your Health

You probably don't need me to convince you that vacation is good for your  health but here are a few studies to bring the point home:

  • "Women who take the least amount of vacations are at a 50% higher risk for a heart attack." (Framington Heart Study, 1992)

  • "Infrequent male vacationers have a 20% higher risk of dying from any cause and nearly a 50% higher risk of dying from a heart attack. (Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000)

Here are our reasons....

5. Experience God

When you quietly watch the sun set over the ocean, it's hard not to feel just a little closer to heaven. The sheer beauty and complexity of nature leaves you with the peace that passes all understanding.



Where is YOUR favorite spot to get away??

Toddler Photo Contest!

By Meri Mayes Don't worry...we're not abandoning physical therapy for photography!

I just wanted to tell you all about a great photo contest my sister, Annie Herrmann, is hosting for kids 12 months - 4 years old.

Annie is an amazingly talented professional photographer in West Orange, NJ who specializes in newborn and family photography. She has been one of our biggest supporters, so I wanted to take the opportunity to give her some love.

The winner will be the feature "model" on her 2013 marketing materials and will receive a free photo shoot ($300 value) in the spring.

Check out her BLOG for all details