Most physical therapists dream of opening up their own clinic. Michael Milnes is a physical therapist who owns his clinic in Rochester MN. When he first started, he was driving to appointments all over Rochester and the local communities. It was a very challenging time for Michael because he just graduated from the University of Minnesota. He spent a year working at Rochester Memorial Hospital before deciding to start his clinic. Realizing it would be a risk he went ahead with the purchase of a Victorian home.
He had to put together a certain amount of expenses that may complicate upgrading. After looking at the market, he realized the local community was full of geriatrics. He knew that having some local customers would save them cause as well as himself. Renovations were going to become an expense. One of his friends was a structural engineer that gave him great ideas that were inexpensive.
The canopy covered driveway that runs alongside the Victorian runs into a six car parking space that is covered as well. This motivates locals to take the time and visit him any time of the year. Another expense for the facility was lighting and plumbing that his brother did for free. A cement ramp goes into the first floor for wheelchair access.
His permit to practice was not as expensive as he thought it would be. An inspection would follow up with city code. The equipment was a hefty $10,000 plus the furniture and patients table for therapy was an extra $10,000. Michael Milnes saved himself a substantial amount of lease payment because the house was half the price of what local business offices wanted. A great benefit for the Victorian office is that he will own it eventually. All his customers in Rochester MN appreciate the location.
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