We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Krentzman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I graduated from physical therapy school in 1996, starting my own practice was the furthest thing from my mind. I wanted to work in the hospital system with patients in orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery and was glad to be a part of the UCSD system. However, after years working in acute care, I became frustrated with the limitations inherent in the medical and insurance/billing system. As I took more courses in manual therapy and also, more specifically, in yoga and its health benefits, I knew I needed a different setting to carry out treatment sessions that were more client centered and holistic. That is what propelled me to open my own practice.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am proud to have started Embody Physical Therapy & Yoga in 2003 as I believe it is a model for how physical therapy was meant to be delivered. First, we spend more time with each patient in the clinic in a private setting so we can really understand who they are and how to best meet their personal needs. We also use the most sophisticated understanding of the body and evidence-based treatment approaches to heal patients from injuries and pain. At Embody, we place a strong emphasis on yoga therapeutics in our practice, which makes our center very unique. We are one of the only physical therapy offices providing yoga-based techniques that accepts Medicare, Tricare and the VA insurance. We wanted this type of treatment to be available to everyone, not only those who have more disposable income. At Embody, we feel that optimal healing and well being is every person’s right.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have lived in North Park, so I am partial to that area and love the local restaurants and caffes. On a typical day, I would begin by grabbing a coffee at Cafe Calabria on 30th St. and have some lunch at Swami’s on University St. For nightlife, beer or meeting up with friends, Tiger Tiger on El Cajon Blvd. is a personal favorite spot. Of course, I would also visit La Jolla Cove where I frequently swim out to the buoys admiring the seals, colorful fish and beautiful scenery.
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 would like to give a shoutout to IAYT – the International Association of Yoga Therapists. They are an organization that has been pioneering the field of yoga therapy across the world. IAYT has formed an accreditation process for yoga therapy schools with high standards and sponsors professional conferences each year across the U.S. They publish academic journals for all its members and have created awareness about this emerging profession throughout the world. I am proud to be a Certified Yoga therapist through IAYT and to be the Director of an accredited Yoga Therapy training program as well.
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