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What is your full name, title, and company name for your current, primary role?
Jamey Schrier, PT, DPT – Owner of Practice Freedom U
Where are you located?
Where did you go to PT school, and what year did you graduate?
University of Maryland, 1995
What did you do when you first finished school, and for how long?
I worked at a hospital as a staff PT for two and a half years, and then as a clinical director for an outpatient PT facility for two years.
In what settings did you work, and what types of patients did you treat?
Hospital and Outpatient. Mostly orthopedic post surgical.
What did you enjoy about your early roles? What didn’t you enjoy?
It was all exciting and new. I enjoyed learning new things and being a part of a community of other professionals.
I didn’t enjoy the political landscape between PT and other professions.
When and why did you decide to do something non-clinical?
I’d always wanted to go into private practice and work for myself. I started my first business in 1998, working primarily with golfers, and Schrier PT in 2001.
What are you doing these days?
I am the CEO of Practice Freedom U.
Practice Freedom U is a company focused on helping practice owners build a successful business that allows them to have financial and time freedom.
Are you still treating patients, or are you solely non-clinical?
No. I’m 100% non-clinical.
How have people reacted to you leaving patient care?
My long time patients miss me, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
What’s a typical day or week in the life like for you at Practice Freedom U?
I get to coach and mentor business owners and also grow my Practice Freedom U business.
I love it! I have plenty of time for myself and family and get to do what I was built to do.
What is the biggest reward and challenge of your role?
The biggest reward? Seeing people overcome their fears and open up to a world of opportunities and achieve more than they thought was possible.
The biggest challenge is persuading people to overcome their fears of success.
How did your clinical background prepare you for your role at Practice Freedom U?
It helped me understand the landscape and think more didactically.
Roughly speaking, how are the hours and pay compared to patient care?
100 times better! 🙂
What type of person do you think would do well in your role?
Someone with passion, desire, and drive.
Do you work remotely or onsite?
I work from home.
Does your organization hire rehab professionals into non-clinical roles?
Yes! For coaching opportunities, and marketing.
What is next for you? What are your high-level career aspirations?
What would you recommend to someone who wants to start a business like Practice Freedom U?
Be open to grow into a better person, and learn how to coach.
What would you like to change most in the PT profession, and why?
What career advice would you give yourself that you wish you had during school?
Don’t listen to people who haven’t walked the talk!