Ian's entrepreneurial spirit stems from growing up in Arizona around the family business, a small chain of pizzerias. His parent's mission was to bring New York style pizza to the Valley of the Sun.
Early on in life, Ian learned how to treat the customer like a person rather than a number. He observed how the community came together to support an establishment that offered both quality food and an exceptional customer service experience. He also learned to appreciate how much commitment and perseverance it took to pioneer something new.
Pursuing his interest of the human body, Ian received a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Arizona. He then earned his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University, graduating with a 3.9 GPA.
For 5 years, Ian worked at a popular PT chain in New Jersey. He became the youngest facility manager across the company. Despite achieving such early success in his career, Ian felt something was wrong. While juggling 20+ patients per day with his managerial duties, he would often ask himself, "Did I become a physical therapist to treat people like this?" Eventually he became frustrated and burnt out by the conventional healthcare setting where emphasis was placed on quantity over quality of care.
Practicing within the parameters of insurance companies made it impossible for Ian to make the kind of impact he wanted on people’s lives. So he made the courageous decision to pave a new career path by venturing outside of the insurance networks.
In 2004, Ian launched a fee-for-service practice model called Activcore. The concept was simple: people would pay upfront at the time of service to receive his undivided one-on-one attention each session. A more personalized treatment experience would allow Ian to get the best possible outcomes for his clients in the fewest number of visits. He would then submit an insurance claim after each visit, so that his clients could get reimbursed directly from their insurance company.
Going against the grain presented many challenges for Ian early on. He was told by his peers that people would never reach into their wallet to see a physical therapist. But Ian didn't give up on his entrepreneurial dream. Just like his parents did with the pizza places growing up, he would earn the support of the local community to help his cash-based practice thrive and multiply.
Today, with 10 practice locations in Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ian spends most of his time inspiring physical therapists across the country to stand apart from standard "factory style" PT. He believes that physical therapy can be delivered a better way, and that you shouldn't have to settle for the status quo.
I am a very active person. I snowboard, lift weights, do yoga, dance, paddle board... you name it. So when I woke up the next day after snowboarding and couldn't bear any weight on my right knee, I was so worried. I immediately booked an appointment at Activcore, and they got right to work assessing my pain and creating a plan to get me back on the mountain as quickly and safely as possible. The Redcord system at Activcore is truly amazing, and their ability to talk me through the process and provide exercises that I could do on my own got me back on my snowboard in six weeks. I've never been more thankful to be healthy and active again. The price of this service is SO worth it, I'll be sending everyone I know to see them should they ever need it.
I can't speak highly enough about my experience at Activcore. I have had chronic back issues from an old car accident and have tried so many different therapy methods over the last four years. Their system is the first one that I have found that is truly fixing the problems in my back. I have been able to get off of my pain medications and no longer feel the need for regular massages and chiropractor adjustments. My pain levels have dropped immensely and I no longer have the big debilitating flair ups that I had become accustomed to dealing with in the past. I feel that my quality of life has improved so much and I highly recommend this office.
I have tried so many things to build up my strength in the past even using personal trainers to help me. I ended up hurting myself and had to stop because my back couldn't take it. Working with Activcore has changed my life and I feel like I am able to finally live the life I only dreamed about. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me achieve this.
When I started at Activcore, I was also currently training for three triathlons. I had multiple goals, not only for my health, but for my races as well. I was able to meet my goals, plus some. I was finally able to train without pain, both during and after my workouts. That was huge for me. We worked on strengthening during the performance therapy sessions to help with both my health goals and triathlon goals. My second triathlon on August 3rd, 2019, was especially important, as I was racing to bring awareness and end breast and ovarian cancer. During the race, I felt fantastic and reached my goal by making top 10, which is considered elite and was also 1st in my division. Oh, and I had zero pain! I am so thankful that my physician recommended Activcore. I not only feel better, but I have learned so much more about my body.
I highly recommend Activcore for any performance based PT needs. 4 weeks prior to a big race, I was having sever calf and hip issues. After 3 weekly sessions and a week of rest I was able to run a personal best marathon and qualify for the Boston Marathon. I know without their help that wouldn't have been possible.
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