The River City Physical Therapy Difference
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
This line can sum up why I am the Physical Therapist I am today. It all started back when I was a teenager. I was attending a Chiropractor for a back problem. He was very kind and helped a lot. He had a nice personal touch to his office which made me feel like family there and not just another number. When I began to decide what I wanted to do with my life, he suggested that I pursue Physical Therapy instead of Chiropractic. At that point, all I knew was that I wanted to work with people who were in pain in order to make their lives better. I had always been fascinated with how the body moved and functioned but was not drawn to the chemistry/biology medical aspect. Plus, sports were always a big part of my life so I knew the importance of staying active. By helping people get out of pain and stay active I could truly make a difference in people’s lives.
I had been through physical therapy before in my life, but never really paid attention or thought about it as a career. I had some good therapists who were easy to work with and working with people seemed very appealing to me instead of working a typical desk job. Physical Therapy school is very competitive to get into and is not cheap so I wanted to play it smart and make sure it was what I really wanted to do. I always had the idea in the back of my head that I wanted to run a small personal clinic but wasn’t sure if that was possible.
I ended up staying home to attend the local community college and played basketball (a friend suggested that I try out) there while studying my general education and acquiring some courses needed to get into PT school. The jump in level from
After my first two years of college, I transferred to University of South Florida in Tampa, FL (no I was not good enough to play ball there!). My focus quickly shifted solely to achieving the highest grades possible so that I could impress prospective PT schools. I applied to several schools in Florida for Physical Therapy school (I am born and raised in Florida and could not see myself leaving). Thanks to my hard work and dedication I was accepted into the University North Florida in Jacksonville. Little did I know that those 3 years I would spend at UNF would be very formative for my life. Not only did I receive my Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy, but I met my wife who was also in the program. Attending UNF turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in both my professional and personal life.
Since graduating from UNF I have worked all over Jacksonville with many great companies and developed many friendships. At each job, I was able to make a difference in other’s lives, but something always seemed to be missing for me professionally. I noticed how the nuances of big company protocols and insurance regulations were getting in the way of patient care. I knew that I would not be satisfied until I had given myself a shot at running my own clinic (my own clinic with a personal touch). I wanted to help people see the potential in themselves and give them hope that they can truly make a difference in their lives. But would it be worth the risk? At the time, my wife and I had already had our second child and we were not sure about the timing. As all major decisions in my life, I took it to prayer and with a supportive wife the answer was clear. It was time to venture out on my own.
Initially, I began treating people in the convenience of their office or homes. My practice began to grow because of the success of my patients so I could set up shop in an office building. Being a family owned and operated
Dr. Nick Scotto PT, DPT