Ian's entrepreneurial spirit stems from growing up around the family business — a small chain of "New York" style pizzerias in Phoenix, Arizona. Early on in life, Ian learned how to treat the customer like a person, not 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 the amount of integrity, sacrifice, and perseverance that it takes to make a positive change in the world around him.
Focusing on his interest of the human body, Ian pursued a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Arizona. He then attended graduate school in New Jersey to earn his Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy at Rutgers University, graduating with a 3.9 GPA.
After graduation in 1999, Ian worked at a popular national PT chain for 5 years. He became one of the youngest facility managers across the organization. Despite achieving such early success in his career, Ian felt something was wrong. While juggling 20+ patients per day with his administrative tasks, he would ask himself, "Is this why I became a physical therapist?" Eventually he became frustrated and burnt out by the conventional PT model where emphasis was placed on quantity over quality of care.
As a working therapist and manager, Ian learned a hard reality of the profession. Shrinking insurance reimbursement forced clinics into scheduling a large number of clients each day. This high-volume approach made it impossible for him to make the kind of impact he wanted on people’s lives. So Ian made a courageous decision. He would create a new type of healthcare delivery model, operating outside of insurance, where he could make a difference for each individual.
Subsequently, in 2004, Ian ventured into uncharted waters by opening his first practice in Princeton, New Jersey. This revolutionary, value-driven concept offered a more personalized physical therapy experience. Everything revolved around just one person at a time for the fastest results possible.
Pioneering a new concept presented many challenges for Ian in the early years. Most of his colleagues said that people wouldn't dip into their own pockets to get better quality care. But Ian didn't give up on his entrepreneurial dream. Eventually, with the support of the local community, his business thrived and expanded into multiple locations.
Today, with 8 practices in Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ian spends most of his time inspiring physical therapists to stand apart from conventional "factory style" PT. He believes that physical therapy can be delivered in a better way, and that you shouldn't have to settle for the status quo.
Ian lives in Scottsdale, Arizona where he supports each Activcore team by remote.
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 Activecore. 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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