by Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT
2018 was another fast and amazing year at Kinetic Edge. It culminated with a celebration of our 20th year as an organization, but that’s not the only memory of the past year. Enjoy our 2018 year in review.
A New Clinic
For the first time since 2012, Kinetic Edge added a clinic location. This one in Centerville is the first one we’ve added via acquisition. In July, we purchased an 11-year-old practice from Ray Tresemer, PT, who has faithfully served the Centerville community and surrounding regions for 30 years. He and his team continue to serve with Kinetic Edge as Ray transitions into retirement after a life of successful service to his neighbors.
New Team Members
The most important asset in our organization is our people. Without our team, we don’t have a mission and can’t pursue our purpose. So, we are especially thankful that additional business growth has required us to bring on new people to join in the mission with us:
- Alyssa Little – Care Coordinator in Des Moines
- Kristin Bremner – Collections Specialist in Pella
- Jayden Kauk – Physical Therapist Assistant in Newton
- Liz Vermeer – Physical Therapist in Pella
- Aimee Dahlhauser – Physical Therapist in Oskaloosa
- Patrick Ford – Physical Therapist in Newton
- Ray Tresemer – Physical Therapist in Centerville
- Beth Shilling – Care Coordinator in Centerville
- Jodeann Cooley – Physical Therapist Assistant in Centerville
- Marcy Jones – Physical Therapist Assistant in Centerville
- Devin Bain – Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer in Oskaloosa
- Bailey Terpstra – Athletic Trainer and Care Coordinator in Newton
- Katie Williams – Occupational Therapy Assistant in Pella and Newton
- Laura Van Zee – Care Coordinator in Pella
Growth in the Mission
All of these additions to the Kinetic Edge team are necessary because we’ve realized another 20%+ growth in business. Unbelievably, since we changed our name to Kinetic Edge in 2015, we have nearly doubled the number of clients we serve each year, and we’ve been able to do that while maintaining our focus on the most important thing, our mission – transforming lives and restoring hope through movement. Thank you for helping us live out our purpose!
Back Office Support Additions
With continued business development, we’ve needed additional back office help at our company headquarters. In 2018, we added two new positions to improve our financial and operational efficiencies. Kristin Bremner is providing financial support as a Collections Specialist, and Lisa Vos moved from the front desk in Pella to the back office supporting multiple clinics as our Insurance Specialist. The creation of the Insurance Specialist position was particularly important because it enables our Care Coordinators at the front desk to focus even more fully on creating a warm and welcoming environment for our faithful clients.
More Continuing Education
Lifelong learning is a value at Kinetic Edge, which is why we’ve maintained a robust education budget for our licensed therapy providers. Learning together as a group is especially meaningful, and in early December we gathered together to learn about pain.
Current data indicates 100 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of persistent pain despite medications, injections, and surgeries. The evidence for therapeutic approaches in treating people in pain is ever-increasing, and to support our commitment to being the leading experts in pain science, we invited Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota’s Physical Therapy Program and a faculty member with the International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI), to present us with the latest research in Therapeutic Neuroscience Education. It was an amazing two-day event that has sharpened our expertise in developing effective treatment plans for clients suffering with chronic pain.
More Free Screens
Building on our successes in 2017, we continued to promote free screens in each of our six clinics in 2018. We offered two separate days filled with free screens where we invited people looking for answers to their musculoskeletal problems to meet with one of our experts for 20 minutes without cost or obligation. In 2018, we provided well over 1,000 free screens (and a heaping helping of hope), three times more than 2017, to people in our communities throughout central and south-central Iowa.
20th Anniversary Celebration
On December 3, we officially celebrated our 20th anniversary as a company, which is an amazing accomplishment! We celebrated throughout the year by giving gifts to people in our communities, including the aforementioned free screens. In August, each clinic hosted a Client Appreciation Party where we served pizza, side dishes, and drinks and enjoyed great fellowship with our faithful clients.
Throughout the year, we also welcomed Kinetic Edge team members to participate in the 20th Anniversary Challenge. Team members volunteered in their communities leading and participating in events that centered on outreach, community service, providing hope, promoting generosity, and enhancing health. As a reward for accepting the challenge and for helping us serve our communities for 20 years, we’re looking forward to spending four days together in sunny Mexico, Riviera Maya, in early January!
Thank you for making our work lives fulfilling at Kinetic Edge. We are blessed that you have chosen to support us. We pray that we have been a blessing to you as well!