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Exploring Life & Business with Dr. Monica Vandervoort of Summus Rehabilitation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Monica Vandervoort. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Dr. Monica Vandervoort graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. After graduation, she worked for corporate physical therapy and then had the opportunity to build out a pelvic health program at a hospital outpatient clinic. During this time, she took several continuing education courses, had extensive mentorship, and became a Board Certified Women’s Health Clinical specialist.

In February 2021, Dr. Vandervoort moved from Chicago to Denver and decided to open Summus Rehabilitation. During the transition from Chicago to Denver, COVID-19 was prevalent, there were limited open PT positions, and she was more discerning of who she wanted to work for and how she wanted to practice and provide care.

Because of this combination of factors, she decided to open Summus Rehabilitation and create a model and culture where patients have time to express what brought them into physical therapy, be heard by a healthcare provider, and have uninterrupted one-on-one time during their treatment so they may return to participating in activities they weren’t able to when they first came in.

Through this model, Summus can provide excellent patient care, but also allow PTs to thrive in an environment in which they do not have to double book or overlap patients and do not feel rushed to provide treatment in a short amount of time. Summus Rehabilitation strives to provide compassionate care and develop individualized treatment plans based on patient values, clinical expertise, and recent research to restore and promote overall health, well-being, and comfort.

Dr. Vandervoort helps each patient reach their goals through various types of treatment such as manual therapy, cupping, dry needling, strengthening, stretching, and postural education to improve movement patterns causing dysfunction so they may return to the activities they love doing.

Dr. Vandervoort aims to empower and educate patients about their bodies and encourage patients to be their own advocates in the healthcare space. Having patients feel cared for, heard, and return to their activities is the whole purpose of owning and operating Summus Rehabilitation.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’d say overall it’s been a smooth road. As I have found, there are absolutely ebbs and flows in growing a business however, I am fortunate to have a great support system in place to help me stay focused and motivated. I have to remember to keep my head up when some days and weeks seem more challenging than others.

One of the bigger challenges I experienced was learning how to credential with and bill Medicare. This has proven to be one of my biggest challenges, however, now that I have learned the process, I can continue to treat Medicare beneficiaries, one of my favorite patient populations.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Summus Rehabilitation?
Summus Rehabilitation is a private physical therapy practice specializing in the treatment of complex orthopedic conditions and pelvic health conditions. Summus Rehabilitation specializes in the treatment of urinary incontinence, urinary urgency/frequency, pelvic pain, low back pain, hip pain, constipation, abdominal pain, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, erectile dysfunction, nonbacterial prostatitis, and prenatal and postpartum symptoms.

Furthermore, Summus provides education to help resolve and prevent symptoms associated with pregnancy and postpartum. For example, how to coordinate the pelvic floor and core muscles prior to pregnancy and then learning how to properly push while birthing prior to labor can set patients up for a better birthing experience, feel more empowered and in control with birth, and help them recover quicker in the postpartum phase/4th trimester.

Summus Rehabilitation specializes in taking on patients who have medical imaging and scans that are negative for significant findings, have seen multiple providers with minimal relief, and yet still continue to experience pain and discomfort. We work with these patients to understand the underlying factors of their pain and if needed, can refer out to a robust network of specialists to participate in care management.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out.
Begin with a vision and a culture in mind, but allow that vision to adapt and evolve as you grow into a business owner. Find mentors within your field to talk with, set goals with, and bounce ideas off of as your business develops.

Patience! I always have to remind myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day and that slow, steady growth sets you up for success and sustainability in the future.

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