Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Quitasol.
Hi Wendy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My passion for wellness and health is lifelong. Growing up in Indiana, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in a lot of sports as a result of Title Nine. I carried that passion for sports into my education at Indiana University. During my studies, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t move too far from my love of helping people but also make sure that my interest in sports and wellness were always part of that equation. I decided to pursue my post-graduate degree in Physical Therapy in an effort to make this work.
While in graduate school, my classmate introduced me to Authentic Pilates, which is all about movement and wellness. This connected so closely with my studies in Physical Therapy, I was convinced that the bridge from rehab to wellness could be stronger with Authentic Pilates. The pursuit of my Masters in Physical Therapy coupled with the arduous training of more than 600 hours required by Authentic Pilates, became my launch pad for building my own business that fit a distinct market niche.
I started MindBody Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in 2000 in response to seeing two things. The first, was that people often came into PT because of overuse of the wrong muscles resulting in strain or pain. The second, was that traditional Physical Therapy practice created a structure where seeing three patients – all at once – was the norm. I mean, let’s face it, we’ve all been in PT where we finish our exercises in the open room and our therapist is in with another patient. I also wanted to maximize manual therapy (hands on) and minimize the feeling of “left along to solo exercises” while therapists tended to other patients.
I used this as an opportunity to build a practice that would assist in helping patients learn the proper use of muscles and ultimately transition from rehab to wellness. I wanted to provide clients with the knowledge about mechanics, alignment and techniques and help set them on a path to a healthier life.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
While I consider myself entrepreneurial, starting a business was an entirely new experience for me. With luck, good fortune and a great community of people behind our work, I’ve been able to build a niche practice where we focus on personalized physical therapy and wellness.
The community is what has sustained us. We quickly recognized that our commitment to the model of “one-on-one for one hour” for PT would not scale, but we would stay committed to our ideals that PT should not be an endless cycle.
Building a business based on purpose is rewarding and there are trade-offs. The commitment to the ideals and purpose is what’s energized our work at MindBodyPt.
The challenges were many but by working through them – and knowing where we were willing to compromise – enabled all of us to learn together as a team and company. For example, we know that if we work together to be super-efficient on managing our physical therapy appointments, we achieve our twin goals of staying true to our mission and also spending quality time with each client. This is where our “client care” team is critical to our success.
Physical Therapists by nature, have gone into the field to help others. We stay true to that ethic by managing our one-on-one model. And our Pilates instructors are all committed to health and wellness and helping our clients transition from PT to Pilates.
I’m super lucky to have some of the best people in the business working at MindBody PT. Our shared vision and values are what sustain us. This group of people are committed to the community and our patients. Since we’re a small business, every role is mission critical to our success.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
To build a business, you have to surround yourself with a team of people who are committed to the same values and vision you have. I’m fortunate and always grateful that the team at MindBodyPT share in the commitment to our purpose.
The business focuses on providing the best Physical Therapy and transitioning our clients to Authentic Pilates as a way to maintain your health. It’s become our area of expertise for clients of all ages and levels. Our oldest client in 95 and she does Pilates twice a week!
In addition to our Pilates practice, we’re known for our specialty in helping those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). We have a team dedicated to providing those therapies designed to mitigate some of the effects of PD. We also have a partnership with Rock Steady Boxing, a technique that has proven effective for patients with PD. I’m also proud that my 83- year old mother volunteered as a “corner man” for this group every Friday!
Our connection to the community runs deep. One place this is true is in our work with oncology patients and supporting cancer research. I’m a proud leader of Baltimore’s Swim Across America (SAA) efforts to raise money for Cancer Research. Our team here in Baltimore had raised over $4.2 million dollars to support our beneficiary: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. And Team MB has been part of that movement since the inception of the event.
What sets our work apart is our purpose-driven mission. While it may not scale to a massive operation, I, along with Team MB have been fortunate enough to grow a small-sized business here in Baltimore that’s powered by our community.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
We have a lot of ways that we can work with others to help build out wellness into our community. Classes, References and of course, helping spread the word about our business! Making a commitment to wellness and learning Authentic Pilates with us is the first step in connecting with us. This is a four-course, private lesson taught by our top-notch instructors. Like our PT model, we start in a private setting to ensure that our clients are learning the fundamentals. And, so our instructors can learn a little more about any concerns or limitations. We help build and shape the client’s understanding of movement and Pilates so they can move through to our group Mat Classes or stick with private and semi-private courses.
At our studio, you get Authentic Pilates. I was taught by one of the 11 Pilates Masters in the World so I and my colleagues teach Authentic methods.
We recognize there are a lot different methods out there. And while it’s not to say that one form or method is better than any other, we know that Authentic Pilates works: whether your starting out, an elite athlete, dancer or just want to be stronger, for over 100 years, the movements, motion, control and equipment has proven time and again the effectiveness.
And even if they move to other places that offer Pilates, we feel confident that our fundamentals of Authentic Pilates will ensure their success and continuation.
We urge anyone to try our four-course class (maybe do it with a friend) you’ll be hooked. Or get a gift for your mom or dad. They’ll love it.
- Private, Personalized Fundamentals of Pilates Classes (4): $180.00
- Ten Pack of Pilates Mat Classes: $125.00
- Private one-on-one sessions: $70.00 (packages available)
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