Young Professionals Spotlight: Ryan Miller, San Luis Sports Therapy
What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with your company?
I have worked with San Luis Sports Therapy since 2010. I started as a volunteer while studying Kinesiology at Cal Poly and have held various clinical jobs including PT aide, front office assistant, and medical transcriptionist. Following 3 years of denial letters from various PT schools, likely due to my below average GPA and unwillingness to revisit certain courses to better my marks, I learned of a business development and marketing opportunity with San Luis Sports Therapy. I willfully accepted the position in hopes to continue to raise awareness about the many benefits of physical therapy, to further immerse myself and our team in our community, and share in our teams development and successes. I am now entering my 4th year as Business Development Director for our South County clinic locations including San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria and Orcutt, and I absolutely love what I do! My advice to anyone wanting to pursue physical therapy is to excel in school, especially in the sciences, and bulk up your experience shadowing different physical therapists in various settings to find the one that best suits you. Then get out there and make a difference in people’s lives!
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I really value being part of a larger team of like-minded professionals who constantly strive to provide exceptional physical therapy services to our communities. As a team we have the ability to help so many people and support so many great, local, charitable causes. I love seeing the positive difference we make in people’s lives and learning of the success stories of our patients. I’m proud to help represent San Luis Sports Therapy in our efforts. Did I mention we are now an employee owned company?! For more information, visit www.slsportstherapy.com
Outside of work, how are you involved in the local community?
I try to give back to our local community by donating resources and raising awareness for different causes as well as attending various charity and community events throughout the county. This year I am pleased to be working with the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Active Aging Committee in Santa Maria, the MS Foundation, Family Care Network, Habitat for Humanity and Project Surf Camp to name a few.
What are your goals for the future?
I’d like to continue to bring attention to the many benefits of physical therapy and help people understand the value this profession holds in being the human movement experts they are. I want to help change the traditional thinking that PT is only a resource for people in pain and see physical therapy used more frequently as a conservative care approach before more invasive approaches are considered. If you don’t have a physical therapist or have never been to one, I’d challenge you to seek one out and pick their brain. There is an abundance of knowledge between their ears that is specially formulated to help you move better! On a personal level, I really enjoy the Central Coast lifestyle and would like to raise a family here.
The best thing about the Santa Maria Valley is…
Wow, this is a difficult question! I must say the BBQ is amazing. I have yet to find a better tasting rib eye or tri-tip. And of course, all of the delicious wine grown here. How lucky we are!