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Meet Mayami Oyanagi of PT Stop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mayami Oyanagi.

Mayami, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started out as an outpatient physical therapist in a large hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. I saw hundreds to thousands of orthopedic and neurological cases. Then I was a director of rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy) for a rehabilitation facility. I also worked in a private outpatient clinic for a while. After 10 years of experience in various settings, I opened my own practice last year in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Owning my practice was never my plan. But I had to in order for me to provide the care I want or patients deserve.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest struggle I came across while creating my own company was the fact that I did not know much about business. How ironic right? I wanted to start something that I did not have much background information about. However, I want to encourage those out there who want to pursue things that seem impossible to them. If something seems impossible, make it possible for you!

I did not minor or major in business in college and we were not taught how to manage a business at PT school. I had to gain information from other professionals, read books, and research online for weeks and months in order to successfully start my own practice. But in the end, I just thought “planning only goes so far, now I just have to execute,” Since then, I have been running my business relatively smoothly for the past year.

Please tell us about PT Stop.
I am a physical therapist, more specifically a board certified orthopedic specialist. I work with a variety of patients of all age groups and from diverse backgrounds ranging from acute injury, post surgical patients, athletes to chronic pain patients. I address the interconnected nature of the human body, the relationships between different body parts, and biomechanics to take a more holistic approach to treating my patients. For example, I find it crucial that I restore proper posture and maintain proper rib cage positioning whether I am treating a patient with a rotator cuff injury of the shoulder or one suffering from neck pain instead of focusing on treating only a specific joint.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
One thing that would have had a tremendous impact on me and facilitated the process of starting a business would have been networking. Building a network while I was in school and while I was working for others might have enabled me to start my business earlier and to have put me right when I had been confused with my decisions. I realized it is extremely valuable to know someone has my back, because it can be very lonely to do all by myself.

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