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A Commitment to Quality Care – Blue Jay Physical Therapy

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:00 am

Ever since 1994, Spencer Beeman, owner of Blue Jay Physical Therapy, has been providing clients with individualized care, alongside his staff of trained professionals.

Beeman, who graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1967, recalled having always been fascinated with the human body and how it works. Because of this interest, he decided to pursue physical therapy as a career and has been in the field for more than 45 years.

Beeman mentioned that in high school he was a C student in all subjects except for math and science. “In those subjects I excelled, got an A,” he reflected, which is why his path into physical therapy made that much more sense to him when he entered college.

“I wanted to get into the medical field, and realized that physical therapy was something that was achievable for me.”

After graduating from USC he went straight into the field, first working under contract for a nursing home where he provided care for those in need. He loved what he was doing, and began to notice that, by providing quality care to patients, he could grow and succeed.

From there, he moved on to a private practice where he worked for some time. But one day he received a call that would change the path he was on and challenge him to make a decision that would set the tone for the rest of his career.

“On Wednesday the therapist I worked for called me and said that Friday was my last day,” he noted. “By Monday, another therapist and I went all in and opened up our business together.”

The two opened their physical therapy practice in Temple City in the San Gabriel Valley, where Beeman stayed for 20 years. Over the course of those years, as the practice grew, he and his partner staffed 60 people in different facilities, while providing quality care. Beeman recounted that, during this time, he gained knowledge in working with insurance companies, something which he still does in-depth today.

“Our goal was to always get patients feeling better by doing a good job,” Beeman expressed. However, as his partner was preparing to retire, they mutually decided to split the practice up.

It was during this time that Beeman and his family were looking for a change of pace – for a new environment out of the city that would still allow him to open a business and continue doing what he loved to do.

“So in 1994 we packed everything up and moved to the mountain, and, yes, we were in a different environment, but the profession is the same wherever you go.”

In that same year, Beeman opened Blue Jay Physical Therapy. At the time, there was only one other practice on the mountain, located at Mountains Community Hospital. “I figured there was room for another,” he commented jokingly. “But it worked out, and now I have six people on my staff and it has been a success so far.”

Alongside Beeman is Physical Therapist Sandy Chetelat, who is a graduate of California State University of Long Beach and has been working in the field for 34 years.

Through his practice, he also offers his clients massage therapy. Mary Jetmore-Reichardt is a certified massage therapist and works with patients to enhance the therapy procedure. “Massage is an integral part of what we do here,” Beeman said. “Many of our patients like the effects of the massage therapy.”

Making the decision to move to the mountain, although it was different from what he had known, turned out to be the right one for him. He continued by stating that going down the mountain is the worst part, but coming up is the best.

For more on Blue Jay Physical Therapy, visit www.bluejayphysicaltherapy.com or call (909) 337-4192. The office is located at 26571 State Highway 18.

“I’ve been everything but bored here,” Beeman concluded.

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