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Meet Benjamin Handler of Ben Handler PT in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Handler.

Benjamin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in New York. As a child, I grew watching and playing sports. In high school, I quickly realized I wasn’t talented enough to be a professional athlete so I thought helping athletes would be a good alternative. I interned with the athletic department at the University of Cincinnati. I thought my role would be more exciting than it was, so I decided to go another route.

Shortly after my internship, I had an opportunity to treat children with special needs. To be honest, this was probably the least likely field of therapy I thought I would end up in, but I loved it. I loved the diversity of patients and the relationships I built with them and their families. I felt I was part of a life-long process, and that was rewarding. I had an opportunity to become a full-time private physical therapist for a man in Zurich, Switzerland in 2015, so I left my job treating children. When I returned home, I wanted to create a business built around my own principles and values, and treat children with special needs the way I believed would lead them to achieving their goals.

Has it been a smooth road?
It took me a while to find my purpose in the physical therapy world. My road hasn’t been smooth, but I’ve learned to accept what I can control. I’ve been lucky to have great parents and mentors. I’ve been lucky to meet other medical professionals that have opened doors for me. I think luck happens when you are actively moving and searching for what is next.

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
I specialize in treating children with special needs. I’m honored to have a role helping children and their families achieve their goals. All of my patients present differently and their therapy programs are individualized and functional-based. I’ve helped patients walk, swim, play football, etc. I’m thankful I have an opportunity to do work that is meaningful.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Phoenix is an excellent city for a mobile physical therapy practice. My patients and I are able to adapt the treatment provided based on the weather. In the summer, many of my patients receive aquatic therapy and in the winter, many received community-based therapy which emphasizes functionality.

To anyone building or beginning a business in Phoenix, I’d recommend exploring and becoming familiar with all of the great things the valley have to offer. Relating to your client and building a relationship is critical to success and living in Phoenix is an area of common ground. Show your how passionate you are in whatever you are doing. Go out of your way to strengthen the relationships you are building.

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