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On this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I welcome Drs. Julie Sias and Jenna Kantor to the show for our annual year-end review. I also wanted to welcome Dr. Alexis Lancaster in spirit. All three of these incredible women are the team that makes this podcast happen every week and I am eternally grateful for all of their hard work, support and love throughout the year.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The ups and downs of 2020 for each of us
  • How to deal with fraudulent Google reviews
  • Being a brand new mom and a private practice PT owner
  • What we are hoping for in 2021
  • And so much more!

Resources: 

Jenna Kantor Physical Therapy 

Newport Coast Physical Therapy

Renegade Movement and Performance 

Karen Litzy Physical Therapy

A big thank you to Net Health for sponsoring this episode! Learn more about the Redoc Patient Portal here. 

More about Julie, Jenna and Lex

Dr. Julie SiasI received my Doctor of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Biology degrees from Chapman University. I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association to better serve my wellness clients. I am also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Private Practice Section. In addition to working with my physical therapy and wellness clients, I provide consultation services for children and adults with neurological conditions. In my free time, I produce the podcast Healthy, Wealthy and Smart which features leaders in physical therapy, wellness and entrepreneurship.

Fun Fact: I love the sun! I am thankful there are 277 days of sunshine a year in Newport Beach! From hiking Crystal Cove, sailing in the ocean, scuba diving the seas and kayaking through the back bay — there is so much to take advantage of! As your Doctor of Physical Therapy, my goal is to help you maintain your active lifestyle because working with you inspires me daily to get out of my comfort zone and try new things here in Newport Beach.

Dr. Jenna KantorJenna Kantor, PT, DPT, is a bubbly and energetic woman who was born and raised in Petaluma, California. She trained intensively at Petaluma City Ballet, Houston Ballet, BalletMet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Regional Dance America Choreography Conference, and Regional Dance America. Over time, the injuries added up and she knew she would not have a lasting career in ballet. This lead her to the University of California, Irvine, where she discovered a passion for musical theatre.

Upon graduating, Jenna Kantor worked professionally in musical theatre for 15+ years then found herself ready to move onto a new chapter in her life. Jenna was teaching ballet to kids ages 4 through 17 and group fitness classes to adults. Through teaching, she discovered she had a deep interest in the human body and a desire to help others on a higher level. She was fortunate to get accepted into the DPT program at Columbia.

During her education, she co-founded Fairytale Physical Therapy which brings musical theatre shows to children in hospitals, started a podcast titled Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives, was the NYPTA SSIG Advocacy Chair, was part of the NYC Conclave 2017 committee, and co-founded the NYPTA SSIG. In 2017, Jenna was the NYPTA Public Policy Student Liaison, a candidate for the APTASA Communications Chair, won the APTA PPS Business Concept Contest, and made the top 40 List for an Up and Coming Physical Therapy with UpDoc Media.

Dr. Lex LancasterLex is originally from the Finger Lakes Region of New York. She graduated from Utica College with her Bachelor’s in Biology and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She also earned a graduate certificate in Healthcare Advocacy and Navigation.

She is very passionate about empowering the people she works with and is driven by their success. Lex has worked with people of all ages and her passion lies within the treatment of performance athletes and pregnant and postpartum women.

For Lex, the most important part of physical therapy care is ensuring that every person who sees her is given one-on-one attention, a personalized treatment program, and a plethora of resources to ensure ongoing results.

Outside of Renegade Movement and Performance, Lex practices in pediatrics, owns and operates her website design company, and is an Adjunct Professor at Utica College. She enjoys hiking and dogs of all kinds.

Read the Full Transcript below:

Speaker 1 (00:01):

Hello, welcome back to the podcast, everyone today, we’re having an end of the year wrap up. We’ve done this every year, almost every year since the start of the podcast. And I’m joined by Dr. Jenna Kanter, Dr. Julie CEUs, and perhaps Dr. Lex Lancaster. She is currently driving through parts unknown in Vermont, so she can hop in. She can, if not, maybe we’ll get her in at at at another time. But I just want to highlight the people who make this podcast happen because it is certainly not my, myself and myself alone. It’s just impossible. So Jenna has been doing interviews for a couple of years now, and Julie has kind of been on board since the beginning almost I would say close to the beginning. Right.

Speaker 2 (00:54):

I think it’s been five years. Yeah,

Speaker 1 (00:56):

Yeah, yeah. So she’s been a part of the podcast behind the scenes doing the show notes beautifully. And then Lex Lancaster has been on board for the past year doing, helping with graphics. So I just it’s for me, this is a big thank you to, to you ladies for being so wonderful and generous with your time and your gifts. So thank you so much. And let’s start. So what I wanted to kind of start with is kind of talking about our highs and lows of 2020. So if you’re listening, I mean, we, we all know that 2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for almost everyone started out okay. For most people and then really started to go downhill pretty quick. So let’s talk about, and then hot, like even through this, I think it’s also important to note that good things have happened as well. So Jenna, why don’t we start with you? Why don’t you let the listeners know kind of, what’s been your high and what’s kind of been your low of 2020.

Speaker 2 (02:08):

Hi mom. I just want to first give a shout out to my mom, like I’m on a TV show. So I just want to say hi mom, I love you so much. Thank you for giving birth to me that one beautiful morning or afternoon. I’m not sure. Ooh, 20, 20, well, the low, I would say where, Oh, I want to talk about this because I know there are other practice owners who have dealt with it and I was a I was bullied and harassed online. And and, and this was for a group in which I do musical theater readings. It’s a great group. I it’s, that I’ve run into where I get a lot of patients, but the majority of people I know on there, I just know through musical theater and just performing, doing readings. And there were people who did not like how I ran the group.

Speaker 2 (02:59):

It’s just like any place. There are people who don’t like what you do. So they go off and do their own thing. And I eventually made a decision to block them out of my life because I didn’t want this small section of people to still be present and judging me. I mean, I don’t know about you. I like to feel the love in the room, not the hate. So I did that as a gift for myself finally, which did was very good. I was dealing with a lot of anxiety, just even knowing that they were around. Unfortunately, I wasn’t strong enough to just handle it. I wish I could say it was, but I was like, Nope, I’m really unhappy right now what their presence. And they decided to go after my business and write false Google reviews. I was fine with the public social media posts on Facebook and everything.

Speaker 2 (03:42):

You know, didn’t saying mine, you know, denouncing me. I was fine with that. I knew they were going to do that. That’s why I kept them in my life for so long because I was so fearful of the public humiliation they would be aiming for. But then I was very okay with it. By the time I did it, you know, you come to that piece. But to me, the lowest part was having instilled, dealing with it, dealing with these false Google reviews where they’ve never been paid patients ever, ever. So I think that was, was a big, low yeah. And, and knowing that we’re all going through it. And it’s a hard year for so many of us. I felt like I had less people I could talk to about it because everyone’s dealing with so much crap right now. So I would say that was like a very, very low point for me. And I know people have had so much worse. So I do want to acknowledge that this is so minuscule. I’m lucky my family is healthy. My, my friends have been healthy during this very, very lucky, but that was my own little piece of hew, toothpicks as positives go.

Speaker 1 (04:54):

I’m trying not to swear. I’m doing a good job

Speaker 2 (04:59):

This America way to network as, and do positive right back to back.

Speaker 1 (05:04):

Yeah, sure. Go ahead. Oh, right. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (05:07):

Cause it is I would say is, I’m not going to talk. I’m going to focus on business since I was already talking about business. So I’ll keep it on that. Was the different branch. My practice took every business in physical therapy has been dealt with some sort of crap if they haven’t, I’m so happy for you. But a lot of us have really dealt with some sort of big shift and, and stress and strain and sleepless nights, especially at the beginning of this and some States it’s pretty new. It’s new for the practices. For me during the shift, I was focusing on expanding more in-person and then of course I started doing more tele-health and now I’m a hundred percent tele-health yes. I refer out if they’re not appropriate for tele-health yes. I’m a hundred percent. I don’t see myself going because one, I love it.

Speaker 2 (06:00):

And that’s the first thing to the performers I work with. Most of them can’t afford that in person. Most of them can’t, most of them don’t have health insurance. And then the last thing with my practice I’ve developed these wellness programs. Yes. They’re injury prevention, but honestly, no performers are Googling injury prevention. They’re like my ankle hurts. I can’t do boots. What’s up. So, but with these wellness programs, it’s not physical therapy. It’s the many humans out there in the singing, acting, dancing world where they get the help they need from a PT. And then they’re discharged when they’re, you know, quote healthy, but their body’s still not functioning to where they ultimately want it to be. That’s where I’m coming in. And it’s great. It’s this, these group programs it’s really supportive. I definitely have my own jokes in there. I’m a hundred percent myself.

Speaker 2 (06:55):

If anybody knows me, you’re like, got it. And it’s, and it’s just a joy. The bonding, the, the growth everyone gets physically to get to where they are is just, it’s, it’s been the such a rewarding discovery and, and a lot of work to make it happen, but well worth it because just I’m happy, man. Like when you really get to do what you really want to do without even knowing that’s what you really wanted to do all along until you actually get to do it. That’s what I’m living right now. So yeah, I’m pretty happy about that. So that’s my positive and I’ll take it to the bank.

Speaker 1 (07:31):

Great. Now let’s, let’s take a step back to not to harp on the negative, but because I think this might help other people listening. What did you do when you were like, Oh my gosh, I’m getting these Google reviews for my business. I’ve never seen them. What did you do to mitigate that situation or if it’s even possible

Speaker 2 (07:55):

Crying and vomiting? Let’s see. What was the next? So I, I vomit when I get really stressed out. That’s a new discovery in 2020. I don’t recommend it. It doesn’t make you slimmer just saying. So I do not promote that. Okay. [inaudible] so I already have a lawyer, but I even, I contacted Erin Jackson who is a great human my lawyer Stephanie wrote in, but I just, you know, who do I contact first? Because I knew this was now in some sort of it’s the physical therapy where we have HIPAA. We have so many things legally we need to be careful about. And as much as I say, swear words, and I joke like there’s liability for these things. Like, but this was just how do I handle this? Because Google reviews specifically, which I was fearful, I pre reported these people before it happened, because there was no way to block them on Google.

Speaker 2 (08:52):

Not because they were going to, I was going a little bit in the Cuckoo’s nest. Like, how do I keep preventing? Cause they’re doing all this stuff fine on social media, but just in case let’s pre protect, there was no way to, well, getting Google reviews is difficult. So here’s some things that you can do by hand that are suggested they, you can have friends report it. And if you have friends report it, make sure you have a written out exactly where they need to click step by step, what they need to do. And, and boom bought a bang. Another thing that I did is I contacted the patients. I felt comfortable contacting, cause that is a thing I’m saying, this is going on. I’ve never gotten a review from you. Would you please write a review so I can get some actual from actual patients on here.

Speaker 2 (09:38):

So I did outreach to those individuals as well. Which was great in that sense. I mean talk about like, you know, unexpected, positive. So that was good. Then with my lawyer, which we’re still in the process of doing so a little bit slower in the holidays. It also, I’m just personally, not in any rush because I got so stressed out about it that just like, I’m okay, I’ve got, I’ve gotten zero patients from Google reviews, so it’s not the end of the world. But she’s writing out in legal jargon, what I’m going to be now sending to Google to ask it to be, and it’s according to their policies, why these are inappropriate reviews. And so that is what our next step is. I have not met with anyone else yet, but because of enlight of how bored people are, are during the pandemic.

Speaker 2 (10:29):

And they’re putting a lot more emphasis on these negative things, no matter how small or how big they I am in the process of being connected with the lawyer, through my lawyer to learn when I need to do a cease and desist. And when I, when I know it’s actually necessary, I still am getting a little bit harassed by them, but I I’m. I’m okay. I’m good right now. But I do want to know, and that I look forward to learning, to be able to share with people like, Hey, here is when you hire the lawyer officially, because that is a good question. Lawyers should get paid for what they’re doing, but it’s just knowing when you bring that in, which is a very big deal that I think should just be common knowledge. And then where we were able to get one review, Oh, there’s also a thing after you submit in there’s you can write a post about it on Twitter and you tag people with Google.

Speaker 2 (11:28):

I forget who you tag. You guys will have to Google it. You’ll have to Google the Google thing, but it you can do, I didn’t get that far. I also was so hesitant to do that because then it would take it into the physical therapy world at large of, Oh, what’s the going down with Jenna. I’m like, Oh my God, like it’s literally children who are upset about musical theater. Readings has nothing to do. Like, no. Okay. And then my husband was helpful. He was able to get one of the reviews down by reporting the person’s profile.

Speaker 2 (12:04):

And that was very good. So that was one there’s still two that have written reviews. There are three with just one star reviews without writing anything. And none of them have been patients. And we believe that they created two false profiles to put in two of those one star reviews. Interesting. but at the end of the day, they’re not in my Rolodex of patients, so they’re not patients. So yeah, it’s been a bit of a journey dealing with it, but that’s a little bit of what I did. There’s not one way to do it. There are suggestions on responding to the person where you can say, Hey, I’m so sorry to hear of this complaint. I don’t have any records of you as a patient. Please feel free to email me at because there’s no conversations that happen within the feed. It’s like your reply and that’s it. And people can look at it. That’s

Speaker 1 (13:02):

Actually, that could be pretty helpful.

Speaker 2 (13:05):

My, my lawyer said right now, don’t just because we, she was like, let’s just, let’s just, I’m fine with waiting right now. You know what? The level of stress gets so high, it got real bad for me to be throwing up from stress is a big thing. So the fact that I’m not throwing up, I’m doing well is good. So I’m okay with it being a slow occurrence because my body does start to shake going back into that world, which to me is also just another recognizer of why it’s important to know when it’s time to block certain people from your life. If they’re making you shake and vomit, because you’re stressing, like they’re just not meant to be in your life. It’s fun. It’s that simple, you know? But yeah, no, it’s, it’s, it’s it’s a very humbling, very embarrassing situation to be dealing with. But I have learned that there are, there are definitely a lot more businesses right now dealing with that, unfortunately. Yeah. I wish people invested more time in the positive stuff to raise up to be the positive changes that we want rather than let’s just tear people down because in that action, the wrong people are being torn down.

Speaker 1 (14:20):

Yeah. Well, thanks for sharing that. And also, thanks for sharing what you did to kind of help as best you can at the moment. Kind of rectify some of that because now if people are listening and they go through that as well, they’ll have at least an idea of like, okay, well here’s a place where I can start. So thank you for that.

Speaker 2 (14:36):

Yeah. If anybody ever wants to talk some crap about what you’re dealing with, I’m here for you.

Speaker 1 (14:41):

Yeah. Great. All right, Julie, let’s go to you to your, your, your ups and downs of, I have a feeling that your, your and low point might kind of be the same thing, but I don’t, I don’t know. So go ahead. I’ll, I’ll throw it over to you. Yeah,

Speaker 3 (14:59):

Yeah. So I actually remember when we did the show last year, I said that I wanted 20, 20 to be more of a focus on more of my personal life and focusing on family and things in that direction, because in the past it had been all about my business and everybody has had challenges in the physical therapy world with their business. And we have with Newport coast physical therapy, we’ve actually come out strong. And that isn’t really what I wanted to focus on because it’s supposed to be personal. So I guess for my lows. Hmm. So me and Wade we’ve been together for 11 years. We had our 11 year anniversary. And when we’re thinking about starting a family and everything, we were like, okay, we have to kind of celebrate the last year that we’re going to have together. Just me and you. So 2020 we had like, all these things planned for our relationship.

Speaker 3 (16:03):

We were going to go to Switzerland, literally the day of the lockdown, that was our flight to Switzerland. And we were like, Oh no. Okay. So we can’t do that. And then we had planned some things in the States, like going to national parks and all of those ended up closing down. And then, and then I I’m pregnant. I was pregnant with twins throughout all of this. So then as you know, I get further along in my pregnancy, it’s getting harder to do anything just because pregnancy can for wound baby, but with two babies, it was just like, ah, I could give birth at any day. So I don’t really want to be too far away from the hospital and everything. So I would say that for the lows, me and Wade didn’t really get to kind of celebrate our last year together just as us and which is fine. You know, we, we, we made it work and did some other things, but I think that we didn’t get to kind of grieve that aspect of our relationship changing. So that was a little bit of a challenge, but the highs, obviously

Speaker 1 (17:15):

I had my twins August

Speaker 3 (17:19):

In Westin and they’re three months old right now. They are actually let’s see, they’re one month adjusted. So they were born two months early and they spent about two months in the NICU. So that was a little bit of a challenge, but given all the COVID and everything going on, luckily there was plenty of resources for my babies and they had great medical care and are super healthy now. So yeah, my highest definitely having my two boys, they’re adorable and they’re definitely a lot of work, all consuming basically, but hopefully in the next year, I’ll get a better swing of, you know, balancing family life and managing my business and everything. So that’s kind of a bit of a summary of my 2020

Speaker 1 (18:11):

Now let’s, let’s talk about quickly for, cause you know, a lot of people that listen to this podcast, they’re physical therapists and might be entrepreneurs, women kind of around in, in your stage of life who are thinking about I’m going to have children and what’s going to happen to my business. How am I going to do this? So do you have any advice and, and what have you done with your business as, and I mean, twins, I goodness, but we should say that Julie is also a twin, so it’s not shocking that you had twins.

Speaker 3 (18:41):

I wasn’t surprised when they see that as having twins, I was like, you know what? There was a chance that was going to happen. Yeah. But I would say that for anybody that’s in kind of a similar life stage, I fortunately, since my business model is pretty flexible in the sense that I can pick and choose when I take on patients, I don’t have much business overhead just because of the, the mobile concierge practice model. That it’s good for being a mom because I can kind of pick and choose when I want to take on clients. I would say that if you’re, you know, the breadwinner of the family, that’s a really tough position to be in because it’s, it is really hard to balance everything because I’m going to be able to, you know, pick and choose clients that I want to see when I want to see them.

Speaker 3 (19:35):

And not everybody has that flexibility. So if you do own your business, it is a good time that maybe you could take a step back and be more on the business management side of things, where you can do things from home, from your computer and then hire somebody to go out and actually do the service. And I actually have a therapist that is doing some client visits for me right now, which thankful it’s my best friend. So she’s really chill to work with. But that could be a strategy that some people take on is that they end up doing some of the business management side of things instead.

Speaker 1 (20:15):

Yeah. So you’re still working in the business. You’re just not out in the field, so to speak because I mean, when you have a new, a new a newborn, I can only imagine that it takes up a lot of your time.

Speaker 3 (20:30):

Yeah. Every two to three hours, which, you know, if you’re, you’ve never been around kids, I was surprised they eat that frequently. I was like, Oh my goodness.

Speaker 1 (20:43):

And you’ve got two of them, two miles to feed. Oh, that’s so funny. And what, I guess, what has been your biggest aside from, you know, not getting a lot of sleep from being a new mom, is there anything that surprised you aside from how much children eat? You’re like, what the hell? Why did no one tell me this?

Speaker 3 (21:08):

I’m trying to think. I think that the reality of taking care of a baby, like, I guess I thought it would be not as much of my time, but maybe it’s because I have twins. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know any about anything about this, but it literally is like a 24 seven type situation right now. And I can only imagine for people that are going back to work at this point, because technically I’ve been off work for three months and not a lot of women are able to do that. They have to go back to work. I could see how challenging that would be. Cause if my twins were still in the NICU, so say I took off that six weeks of maternity leave and then had to go back to work before they even came home. That would be so tough to juggle. So it is a lot of work. Like it’s the hardest job, just, just the physical toll it takes to be up and take care of babies. It’s it’s tough.

Speaker 1 (22:08):

And have you had pelvic health physical therapy?

Speaker 3 (22:11):

So I actually, haven’t gone to a pelvic health physical therapist, not because of anything against it. I just haven’t noticed any symptoms. Okay. So I do actually have a couple friends that are specialists in pelvic floor PT that I could reach out to. Maybe they would be testing me for certain things and be like, we need physical therapy. So that could be something I do in the future, but it’s yeah. I fortunately have had like a very good recovery and haven’t had to deal with anything on the surface at least.

Speaker 1 (22:47):

Excellent. That’s so nice. Well, I love hearing your, your ups and downs and, and we should also say, cause I don’t know that Lex is going to be able to come on here. Maybe we can splice her in later, but she did get married. So I can assume that would be her high point. If it’s not, then she’s, she’s going to have some answering to her new brand new husband. I would assume that’s her high point. And she also started her own practice in New Hampshire, which I would assume could, would also be a high point for her as well. And then what do you see happening moving forward? What are you, what are you, what are your goals, your dreams, if you will, for 2021, Jenna, I’ll throw it back to you.

Speaker 2 (23:34):

Goals and dreams. Well we are moving to Pittsburgh. It’s taken almost a full year, so I’m looking forward to moving there with husband and I have a dream office room cause I’m an actor as well still, and it’s going to be decorated Disney theme. So I’m really excited to decorate and make my imagination finally come through and have the walls of tangled with the lanterns, hanging from the ceiling and have all my different collectibles up on display and my lights and my cameras and everything up permanently. So I don’t have to keep putting it down and putting it under the bed in a New York studio apartment. I, that will be like

Speaker 1 (24:21):

For me, cannot wait, cannot wait, Julie, how about you? I’m definitely going to be going to Switzerland. Does I rebooked these tickets like three times and I don’t know it’s going to happen in 2021. I’m not from eight or tots with me. Well, yeah, go ahead Karen. I was gonna say I, if, if all goes well with 2021, I’ll be in Switzerland in November. So you could come to a course, write it off. Oh my goodness. That’s a great idea. What is the course? The course is only one day and if it happens I will tell you about it. Cause I don’t think it’s been announced officially yet. But it’s just a one day course. So you can go to Switzerland, just pop over to burn for one day and then you pop out. Oh my goodness. It’s it’s the the, I think it’s like the Thursday or Friday before Thanksgiving.

Speaker 1 (25:25):

All right. That’ll be good. Cause the twins will be over one years olds. Okay. Throwing it out there. You guys, I will be in Switzerland. It’s going to happen. Awesome. Well, I have to say Switzerland is really, really beautiful, so I’m sure you will love it. Love it, love it. I don’t know. Should I talk about my highs and lows, I guess highs and lows. So I guess my lows were I think when, when everything happened here in New York and Jenna can probably corroborate this, but it was an, it was a little scary, you know, because it was everything locked down, nip. It, it locked down so quickly, but and nobody really knew what was going on. And I think that was a big, low, and I think I had, again, the sleepless nights and the anxiety about, well, what’s what, what will happen with my practice?

Speaker 1 (26:29):

W what am I going to do? I see people in their homes, like you couldn’t go anywhere, couldn’t do anything. And, and so I think that, that, that sort of stress around that was definitely a low point professionally and then personally, well, my boyfriend and I broke up, but that’s probably for the best in the long run. And then my sister had some health trouble, so it was a big sort of just like everyone else. 2020 was like a big sorta show. But that being said, the not knowing what I was going to do for work and being stressed as a low point turned into, I would say a high point along with Jenna is I started integrating tele-health, which is something I will continue to do. So now I do probably see half the people in person and half people via telehealth.

Speaker 1 (27:23):

And I love it. I love doing it. I think it’s it’s working very well. And I was also able to launch a business program to help physical therapists with the business and the business side of things. And that’s been really fulfilling and getting nice reviews from that from people who have taken the course. So that, which makes me very happy because my whole anxiety was wrapped around. That was like, what do people take it? And they hate it and they think it’s stupid and they don’t want to do it. What am I going to do? And, and so, you know, you have all these doubts about like self doubts about what you do as a person and what you do as a therapist professionally. So I think those were, it was sort of a mixed bag of highs and lows.

Speaker 1 (28:08):

And I guess what I’m looking forward to, I too, am looking forward to going to Switzerland. And and just being able to travel and see people, like, I would really love to see my parents who I haven’t seen in almost a year. And so that would be lovely because we did not, I did not see family for Thanksgiving or Christmas and probably won’t until we all are vaccinated. Just to give everyone a little sense of that, like we’re doing the right thing. So I think that’s my, the biggest things I’m looking forward to is seeing my family, being able to see friends in person and colleagues in person, because, you know, we miss seeing all of you guys too, you know, so I think that’s the things that I’m most looking forward to for 2021 is, and I don’t, I don’t think that things will go back to the way they were quote unquote, but I think that they’ll be an improvement on where we are now. I don’t know. What do you guys think?

Speaker 4 (29:18):

Yeah. I think having our support systems slowly return is going to be really, really fulfilling to just for humans. Like we love human contact and our relationships having all those kinds of slowly come back together is going to be amazing. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (29:35):

Yeah. I love the way you put that. Having our support systems back is huge. Yeah. Hugging. Yeah. I miss hugs. I know, I know one of my friends hugged me like a friend that lives here in New York. She hugged me and I was like, you know what to do? I froze up. I was like, Oh my God, what is she doing? Hugging is so good.

Speaker 2 (29:57):

Why my husband gives me time limits for my hugs. Cause I’ll keep hugging. I love hugs and I miss hugs. I even miss the Wilson’s a musical theater specific thing, but go into a musical theater audition and all the annoying screens of people reuniting with someone they only saw just a week ago, you know, cause we won’t want to feel cool, but the people will see and know, but then we do it too. When we run into the people we haven’t seen. Who’s guilty of it. But yeah, hugging, hugging is just beautiful.

Speaker 1 (30:32):

Yeah. Human contact.

Speaker 4 (30:36):

What if on my flight to Switzerland, I have a layover in New York and then I can see you.

Speaker 1 (30:45):

Yeah. What is that quick? Have a quick one day layover and then Optus. Switzerland. Oh, I know. I forget. You’re in California, such a long flight.

Speaker 2 (30:54):

You need to get pizza. You would need to get Levine’s cookies. Oh yeah. And what else, what else would the food wise I’m thinking? I was thinking,

Speaker 1 (31:06):

Yeah, I just had, I just had a Levine cookie a couple of weeks ago. I eating live only a couple blocks. So the vain bakery was, it got really, really popular because of Oprah. It was like one of Oprah’s favorite things like maybe a decade ago. Yeah. That’s why they’re so popular. But the cookies are like scones, like they’re thick and gigantic. Like I got a cookie, it took me like three days to eat it.

Speaker 2 (31:31):

Yeah, no they’re thick. It’s,

Speaker 1 (31:33):

It’s a lot, it’s a lot of cookie dough there. But they are, they are pretty delicious. Now. You’d swear. We were sponsored by Levine. Speaking of sponsors, I have to say thank you to our sponsor net health.

Speaker 4 (31:47):

Great segue right there.

Speaker 1 (31:50):

Just getting it to me. So net health has been sponsoring the podcast for a couple of years and I’m really, really grateful and thankful to them and their support, their continued support. And net health has grown by leaps and bounds since they first started sponsoring the podcast. And so I’m really happy to see their growth, their Pittsburgh company, by the way, Jenna. Oh yeah. Pennsylvania company. And and so I’m really, it’s really been exciting for me to see their growth and their movement upward and the fact that they are doing their best to help healthcare providers, which I think is awesome. And they also have, and not that they’re telling me to say this, but they really do have some really good webinars. So they’re usually free. So if you want like good webinars, business-wise they really have some good stuff, especially if cash based or non cash based. So I would definitely check out their webinars because they’re all pretty good and usually free. I like free. Yeah. And everybody loves free. Okay. So I guess I’ll ask you guys one last question, knowing where you are now in your life and in your career, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Speaker 4 (33:05):

Okay. I should be prepared for this because you know, this happens every single episode and did not think this question was coming at me. Okay. So the first thing that comes to mind, and I think it’s important is that you should always maintain a sense of curiosity about everything going on in your life professionally, personally, I think that if you’re open-minded and you can kind of think on things a little bit differently, just because you’re not closed off, you might be able to see solutions in ways that you didn’t think of before. So that is very theoretical, but I just think that that kind of vibe, if you maintain that sense of curiosity about everything, it can kind of lead you in new directions. What do you think? I think that’s great advice.

Speaker 2 (34:00):

Oh my God. I’d love that. I, I I feel like I should have gone first because it naturally segues to what you just said. Oh let’s

Speaker 4 (34:10):

Oh no,

Speaker 2 (34:11):

No, no, no. I think it’s perfect. I loved it. I was like, Oh, you know, like for me, I get my best ideas on the toilet, but I still, I thought that was amazing. I was thinking the first thing that popped into my head was don’t waste your time on the, focus on where, what your vision is for your life and put all your energy into that as it, and this is why it’s like, why it’s so good to yours. And now like the candles, I was like, Oh my God, this is perfect. It’s so great for us.

Speaker 1 (34:42):

Perfect. I think that’s both great advice. And, and I know I asked this question every time and how I would answer it, knowing where I am now in my life and in my career. I think that what I would tell myself, even like fresh out of, out of college is when it kind of goes along with maybe what a combination of what you guys both said. But what I would tell myself is to don’t limit myself by what I see other people doing. Because sometimes like when I first graduated, I knew PTs worked in a hospital, they worked in a clinic and that was kind of it, you know? And so I didn’t never saw that sort of broader vision. And so I think I would tell myself to look to people outside of the profession to help you your state in your own profession and seek out those people that have, that genuinely have an interest in you as a person and, and want to be a part of your life and a part of your success. Because I think I’ve fallen victim to people who I thought had my best interests at heart, and I’m a trusting person. And as it turns out they didn’t. So I think really, I think as you get older, you sort of, you maybe, maybe I just have a better sense of who I am and what I want. And so I’m no longer kind of easily swayed and convinced by people who in the end don’t really have my best interest at heart,

Speaker 4 (36:28):

But that’s one of the qualities I love about you though. Karen is how trusting you are. I think that does serve you too in your life. So I think that don’t ever lose that. That is something that it’s, it’s a gift and not everybody can be vulnerable. And I think that you wear that really well.

Speaker 1 (36:46):

Oh, well, that’s nice. Yeah. I don’t think I would, I’m not going to become that cynical of a new Yorker, but I’m going to, Jenna knows what I’m talking about. But I think that I’m just going to just be a little bit more discerning on the people that I choose to kind of surround myself with. And I think that I’ve been doing that more recently over the last couple of years, and I think that it has served me well, but that’s what I would tell my younger self out of college anyway. Yeah. All right. So any last bits, any last, anything

Speaker 4 (37:23):

We’re all gonna make it we’re all gonna survive hopefully. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (37:27):

Yes. Rules. Yes. Jenna will be going to Florida next year because she missed it for CSM. I know, I know no CSM in Florida this year, but we did videotape our performance, little plug, Jen and I to have a thing at CSM on February 11th at 7:00 PM. Join us for our prerecorded topics on social media, social media. Yeah. Basically. How do you social media, mainstream media to improve your presence as physical therapist and then I think, but I’m not sure we might have a live Q and a afterwards at 8:00 PM. We’re so clear.

Speaker 1 (38:10):

So we’ll find out. So anyway thank you so much, Julie and Jenna and Lex for all of your hard work and all of your commitment and I love you all, all three of you. I was going to say, I love you both. And then a Lex, and I’m just getting, I love all three of you. And I really, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much. Thank you as well. All right, everyone. Thank you so much for listening. I wish you all the very best and, and fingers crossed for a better 20, 21 and stay healthy, wealthy and smart.

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