JR Bucklin, owner of Cornerstone Physical Therapy, LLC., opened his practice in February. Bucklin recently spoke with The News-Post about what makes his practice unique.
What’s your background?
I’ve been a PT for over 20 years and moved to Maryland about 5 years ago. I’ve been doing managerial level things and have always done patient care but I just felt inspired to open up a clinic. There’s a few things that make Cornerstone unique in that it’s physical therapy but it’s hands on, which we call manual therapy. It’s based on the osteopathic model but it’s still physical therapy. It was also really important to me to open up a place that’s all one-on-one care. A lot of physical therapy clinics around the country are having therapists work with two, three or four people at the same time. Your time is one-on-one with a therapist the whole time so they have undivided attention towards you and your needs.
What made you want to open your own practice?
I felt like this was an area of opportunity for me to continue to teach this work. Part of my background was when I was living in Connecticut I taught for over 10 years at Quinnipiac University, which is my alma mater. I taught manual therapy and growth anatomy, so I have the heart of a teacher as well so I want to be able to share that not only with the greater Frederick population but also to have more therapist come in and be trained by me.
Does your office have a specialty or does it focus on the whole body?
It’s the whole person. That’s the thing about the osteopathic manual therapy. I’m a Christian and i’ve been overt about it being a Christian environment that people can come into. When I was in physical therapy school, I learned about the physical part of physical therapy and that I got into the real world and started to treat actual human beings and realized were more than physical in nature. We’re physical, emotional and spiritual human beings and those three things are interwoven together. You can’t have something impact you on a physical level without it in some way, shape or form impacting the others, and vice versa. So looking at the whole person includes the emotional and spiritual support that they may need.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, so we are a Medicare provider and also Blue Cross Blue Shield and we’re out-of-network with other insurances. I don’t want that to exclude people from coming because most people don’t understand how their insurance works. I have a lot of patients that are out-of-network who come and pay out of pocket for their service but then they submit it to their insurance company and may get reimbursed for a good chunk of it. For a lot of my patients it ends up being equivalent to a copay.
What makes your practice different than others in the area?
I think the fact that it’s one-on-one, it’s Christian-based and it’s hands-on manual therapy. I’m head over heals in love with my staff. The patients who come in and out of our doors, their experience is so important. As a business owner, that front office can make or break your company. They’re the first voice you hear on the telephone or via email and they’re the first face you see. We also see adults and children and a lot of places don’t do that. I also have a special love for the special needs community. We’re very engaging in the community in that way.
What are you most excited about going forward in your business?
I’m excited about engaging with the greater Frederick community and supporting organizations of people with special needs. I’m also into fitness as well so i’m excited about the fitness community.