As CEO of Strive Labs, my favorite responsibility is finding incredible talent to join our team. For years, we've dreamed of working with Ann Wendel, and so when the opportunity opened up to bring her in as part of our growing company, we jumped on it. For those of you who have followed Ann, you know that she is deeply passionate about the PT profession, and also a rockstar at helping business owners develop a lasting brand for their practice. For this, and a thousand more reasons, we are so incredibly excited to announce that Ann is joining Strive Labs as our new Director of Brand Marketing!
I asked Ann to write a bit about her decision to join our team. Below is her response, which can also be found on her excellent PranaPT blog. http://prana-pt.com/2015/12/15/exciting-announcement/
In My Shoes
People always ask me, “What are you up to now?” In my last update about a year ago, I shared that I was closing the patient care side of my practice to focus on my consulting, writing, speaking, and media work. I have had a productive and successful year with my writing for Impact Magazine and Girls Gone Strong, I have spoken at conferences and met many people all over the country who are doing fantastic work, I have had the privilege of serving as an APTA Media Spokesperson, I have assisted five business owners in starting their cash based practice, and I was fortunate enough to better get to know Ryan Klepps and Scott Hebert of Strive Labs.
I first met Ryan and Scott at PPS 2013 in New Orleans. They were impressive recent DPT grads who were venturing into the online space with a platform for home exercises and patient management. I followed their progress from a distance until we reconnected at WebPT’s Ascend Conference in September 2015. Listening to their presentation I thought, “Everything they are talking about is what I painstakingly did all on my own to connect and re-connect with my patients!” I immediately needed to know more about how they had pivoted their business and why they chose to develop a complete system for Patient Relationship Management.
Over a hilarious dinner that will live in infamy, I got to know not just their business, but also their personalities. Both Ryan and Scott are bright, hard-working, humble, and dedicated to our profession. They have built not only a business, but a culture around their company, Strive Labs. As we talked, I knew that I wanted to be part of what they were doing.
So, several hilarious dinners and outings later (shout out to Harry Potter World), I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have taken a position with Strive Labs as Director of Brand Marketing. This position allows me to do exactly the type of work I am most passionate about with a group of co-workers I like and respect. That’s always been my dream!
If you have followed my writing for the past few years, you know how important patient-centered care is to me. I completely agree with Ryan when he says that:
“Patient engagement starts and ends with patient-centered care."
By developing a relationship with our clients, we build trust, which enables them to feel comfortable sharing their goals, needs and wants. When clients share and we listen, magic happens.
I’m proud to join Strive Labs because our company is built on values such as transparency, honesty, and teamwork. When a company starts from such a foundation, it has the best chance of building a great relationships with its clients. This is the foundation that enables us to help you create and retain loyal clients of your own.
We are really excited to be the defining example of a Patient Relationship Management platform in the healthcare space. Make sure to stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming from the team over the next few months. As always, we look forward to connecting with you.