We had the good fortune of connecting with Allie Duffy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
For many years I convinced myself that running my own business would be way too much work, too stressful, and not “secure” enough for me. However, as I continued my physical therapy practice in other settings, I began to notice processes and standards of care that did not align with my own personal beliefs. I found myself wishing I just had “a little more time” with one patient, or a quiet environment to provide care for another patient, and started to envision what my “ideal” clinic would look like. I even considered leaving the field all together out of frustration with the current practice environment. After fruitless searches to find that “ideal environment” for patient care in my area, I finally realized the best way to achieve it would be to create my own business and open a clinic. From there, building the “ideas” of how I wanted things to work was easy, but logistically it was a ton of work to get set up. Thankfully, I was so excited about the idea of finally building my vision that despite the long hours it really did not feel like “work”. I opened my business about 2 weeks before the pandemic began, and while it has been a wild ride, I am grateful that I did because I am not sure I would have had the courage to start if I had known what was coming in our world. Grit, determination, and a passion for my business have carried me through the past year and I finally feel like I am truly able to provide the best level of care for my patients in an environment that I enjoy coming to each and every day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I knew I wanted to do something related to healthcare for a long time, but was specifically drawn to physical therapy because of the amount of time you get to spend with the patients to truly get to know them and see them progress. I graduated from a physical therapy program in 2015 and started working in outpatient orthopedics right away. While I loved what I was doing, I felt lost as a new graduate in an environment without much mentorship, and sought out more education. I’d been introduced to pilates on one of my clinical rotations during school and immediately fell in love. It reminded me of my days as a gymnast, and was harder than most other workouts I’d ever tried. I decided to pursue a pilates certification, specifically in the rehab track so I could use the skills I learned with my patients as well. Once I finished my pilates certification I began teaching at a number of local studios to gain experience, while also building my physical therapy career in a more managerial role at a new company. Over the years of working as a physical therapist in the corporate setting I found myself burned out by the lack of time spent with the patients, the excessive time spent with documentation & dealing with insurance companies, and the lack of creativity & innovation in the treatment style of the corporate setting. I was also not able to apply my extensive pilates experience with many patients in these settings, even though I knew it would help them tremendously. I knew the only way to provide the level of care I wished to give to my patients was to start my own clinic. I founded The Pilates RX to provide a tailored, concierge physical therapy experience for the modern athlete tying in private pilates instruction customized to each client. I am an expert in improving movement patterns through manual therapy & exercise, integrating the pilates methodology to increase mobility, strength, and flexibility for my patients while also decreasing their injury risk.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Such a good question! I love the outdoors, especially the beach so I would take them on a trip to Crane Beach (just a little under an hour outside the city) and enjoy some fresh lobster & ice cream.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give credit to my husband for giving me the push & encouragement to take this leap and start my own business, despite the significant risks it posed for our family. He never once questioned my ideas, and continued to cheer on my dreams even when I doubted them myself as the pandemic struck just a few weeks after I opened. He even stepped in to be my “model” when social distancing meant I could not have live clients in my photoshoots, and spent countless weekends moving equipment around to manage the new “normal” in our pandemic lives.
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