We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Landinguin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I made the decision to leave my secure position as a Speech Language Pathologist in a school district, I knew I was taking a huge risk. What I didn’t know was that I was embarking on a career of professional risk taking. In the early years of the business, I didn’t know I was actually good at taking risks. In fact, I had little confidence in my business decision making skills. It wasn’t until three years later when I looked at what I had created. I was surrounded by almost 50 therapists, a small administrative team, and a payroll obligation that I could have never imagined. I was able to grow the business through risk taking because I never paused to think about what might happen if it didn’t go as planned. It was then that I realized that my ability to take risks and make decisions was a major part of what I built–but it wasn’t everything. I realized that I had a counter balance–she was my integrator (or what some might call, a manager). Without my integrator, the business would be disorganized and all of my ideas would never have a chance to be fully executed. Without my integrator, our finances would suffer due to my never ending list of ideas. My integrator needs me to take risks and think of crazy innovative ideas while I need her to carefully assess each idea and integrate them into the company in a well thought and organized way. Together, we are the perfect combination of the gas and the break that make the car go. Five years later, we are a successful and innovative company because we have a healthy balance of a visionary (risk taker) and an integrator.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
RL Therapy Group is a pediatric therapy company specializing in speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Our mission is to empower parents and caregivers to take control of their child’s life. We firmly believe parents are the real heroes in their child’s life and it is our job to help them see that. We take pride in our innovative culture and are always seeking out new ways to grow and develop our team and our service delivery. In early 2019, we piloted and launched our teletherapy division–a very progressive program in our industry at the time. When COVID hit in March 2020, we proudly led the charge for our industry, training over 3,000 therapists nationwide on how to implement early intervention into teletherapy. Today, we are recreating the traditional therapy model by customizing therapy to fit the needs of each individual families’ needs. Whether we connect with our families through our family/therapist app, through parent training videos, small virtual groups, or teletherapy–we are committed to meet the needs of each family. Looking ahead, we will continue to look for innovative ways to meet the needs of our families while providing a challenging and rewarding workplace environment for our team.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Growing up in Buffalo, I love spending as much time outside as possible with my visitors! We frequent Caroline’s Cafe in La Jolla for a lovely breakfast or lunch and a gorgeous ocean view. Next, we love showing off the countless views that San Diego has to offer. Who doesn’t love a great mountain/beach hike with a view!? Torrey Pines it is! After a little exercise, we would head east back towards my hometown–La Mesa. We would enjoy Happy Hour and brussel sprouts at Beau Bos and maybe even a margarita at Por Favor. You can’t forget to end a perfect day with a great sunset while in San Diego. For the perfect spot, we’d head back to my neighborhood for a killer sunset at Mt Helix Park.
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?
Shoutout to my integrator, my friend, and the other half of my brain (also referred to as Leah McNaughton). Leah makes running a business, parenting, and managing distant learning look like a walk in the park. Leah handles challenges with grace and always puts supporting her team ahead of everything else. Without Leah, RL Therapy Group would not be where we are today.
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