We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Reyes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
Currently my daughter is only 2.5 years old. There is a lot we are trying to teach her, but who knows how much of it is sticking at this age? The main thing that we are trying to instill in her is that is responsible for her actions. Ensuring that she understands personal accountability, I believe, will set her up for healthy relationships be it familial, friends, school, or in the future, work. Every decision and action she makes will have a consequence. Sometimes the consequences will be sweet, other times gut wrenching. That’s life. If she can navigate it with confidence and accountability she can accept the good and the bad in a way that is healthy.
What should our readers know about your business?
The name of my practice, FIRE Physical Therapy, stands for Functional, Intentional, Restorative, and Empowered. The goal is that each visit is focused on achieving goals based on those descriptors. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and I am certified in Functional Manual Therapy. This is a style of therapy that is similar to osteopathic care and looks at the body with a holistic approach. I do specialize in pelvic floor therapy and obstetric physical therapy (think prenatal/postpartum PT). Practicing from these different lenses allows me to capture complex issues that may otherwise been overlooked. Something that is also important to me is giving back so 10% of each first visit at FIRE Physical Therapy goes to a prosthetics clinic and wheelchair shop in Guatemala, Transitions Foundation. As far as being a business owner is concerned I never wanted to own my own business. It just kind of happened. I was working full-time in an outpatient clinic when I found out I was expecting our daughter. I wasn’t sure that I’d want to work full-time once she was born so I bounced around some ideas of practicing out of my house until I made my decision. I had just finished a lengthy post-doctorate certification and didn’t want to lose too much momentum on my practical skills. I set up my PLLC and just sort of waited to see what would happen. Fast forward two and a half years, I’m working 2.5 days a week and getting to be stay at home mom the other 2.5 days a week. I’m getting to rock my skills and be part-time stay at home mom, something that I remind myself not to take for granted on a daily basis.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First place we would go is Native Coffee in Farmers Branch. They have the best craft lattes that are delicious and original. We’d have dinner at Pecan Lodge BBQ because duh! I’d make sure they order the “Hot Mess” with brisket because it’s the happiest thing you’ll eat. In the morning we’d go for a run at White Rock Lake. People watching around a lake makes running feel easy in my opinion. Saturday night we’d go salsa dancing at Gloria’s (that’s where I met my husband) – the trick is to eat a late dinner then hang out until dancing starts. For the rest of the weekend I would recommend walking around Bishop Arts District or Deep Ellum and go from there!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Dr. Aaron Pierson with Pierson Physical Therapy truly formed me into the therapist that I am today and will become. He was my clinical instructor when I was a student and completely transformed the way I look at patient care. When I come across a complex patient that is giving me a run for my money, I think “what would Aaron do”. It sounds silly, but it’s true and it’s the sign of a great mentor. He has been a role model for me in not just patient care, but as a business owner as well.
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