Great leaders put the needs of their employees and the goals of the organization above their own. Clinic Director of the North Scottsdale Foothills physical therapy clinic, Doug Meyrose, does just that. For these reasons and the work he’s done developing and expanding the workers’ compensation component of the organization, Doug’s coworkers nominated him for March’s Physical Therapist (PT) of the Month.
Doug is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but fell in love with an Arizona native, who would later become his wife, while living in Chicago. After practicing physical therapy for seven years, he and his wife made the move to Arizona. Doug took the position as Clinic Director at the North Scottsdale location in 2009, and has been with us ever since.
Doug serves as the Workers’ Compensation Chair for Foothills Sports Medicine and ProActive Physical Therapy, our partner in Tucson. He wants to continue growing this side of the business by “training the individuals we have and improving the processes and onsite providers with local companies.”
During our conversation, it was clear that Doug is thinking through every answer he gives and that he wants to put the success and importance of his people and the organization before any kudos to himself. Clearly, Doug is the kind of boss everyone wants to have.
When I asked him about his favorite part of the job, Doug’s answer centers around his people: “Helping patients, mentoring and growing staff, and seeing former employees come back into the company as therapists that were techs before.”
He says he loves patient care and it’s what brought him into the field. “I have a passion to continue to help people return to their highest level,” says Doug.
Connecting with clients is one of his favorite parts of the job. Doug shared his most unique client experience about an elderly couple in Chicago. Little did he know, he was treating two Holocaust survivors. “They were one of my first patients and they were Holocaust survivors. I didn’t know that treating them. I got done treating them and they had me for dinner where they told me their story of survival.”
When Doug isn’t at the clinic, he is spending time with his family — two kids, ages four-and-a-half and three, and another due at the end of July — and enjoying outdoor activities like golf and rugby.
Nightly, his family watches Jeopardy, so invite him to join your team for the next trivia night. His favorite local restaurant is Fogo de Chåo, where he especially loves the filet mignon.
For those thinking about a career in physical therapy, Doug advises, “If you have a passion for helping people and a drive, then absolutely pursue it because you will enjoy and love it. ”
The next time you’re at the North Scottsdale physical therapy clinic, say hello to our March PT of the Month, Doug Meyrose! We have many locations in the Valley, find one near you.