Spine & Sport Institute, an outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic and Wellness Center, was founded in 1996 by Marjorie R. Rodd, P.T., Cert MDT. I had never thought about opening my own clinic, but when insurance companies lowered their reimbursements and corporate facilities put more emphasis on “productivity” and less on patient satisfaction, I became frustrated with the manner in which I was expected to deliver care. I treat with my heart as much as my head and, with the very detailed business plan of, “I will open up my own place and treat people how I would want to be treated”, Spine & Sport Institute was created. It remains one of the very few local Physical Therapy clinics owned solely by a Physical Therapist. The importance of this may not be obvious, but when a physical therapy clinic is owned by a Physician, investigations have shown that, “Self-referrals to entities with which a practitioner has a financial relationship may encourage over utilization, and compromise the physicians’ judgment”. Stark Regulations
This is certainly not always the case. When I first came to Vero Beach in 1991, I very happily worked for Vero Orthopedics; If anything, their awareness of the Stark Regulations may have caused them to underutilize physical therapy. However, the critical factor is that a physical therapist owned clinic depends solely on its reputation. We have to earn our referrals - every day. When a patient refers a family member or friend and especially when they return to see us each time they need therapy, sometimes over the span of decades, it means the world to me. Nearing the end of my 50 year career, to know that I made a difference and to know that people came back confident that we could help them, and with a feeling of being "family," that is the “it” for me. I am proud of my clinic and our reputation; I am proud and honored to work with my current staff. I invite you to call or visit and see if Spine & Sport Institute may feel like your physical therapy place!