DG open for biz

J.R. Bucklin, director of outpatient services at the Baker Rehab Group, and Kelli Laffin, director of outpatient services, at the Baker Rehab Group’s Brain and Balance Center.

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.

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(17) comments


He treats the body as a whole, not because of regional interdependence where a deficit in one are leads to issues in another, but because he is a Christian.


Many doctors and PTs do the same thing. Again, just trying to figure out the "christian" angle.


Are there different kinds of Christian PT just like there are different kinds of Christians? Does Catholic PT work better than Southern Baptist PT for certain situations, for example? And how does one differentiate Catholic and Southern Baptist PT anyway?


This is the difference: "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."


How is that different from Muslim PT or pagan PT or “spiritual but not religious” PT? How is Christian PT different from non-Christian PT.


It is different in the form the spiritual support takes.


I hired a lawyer who said in all of his ads that he was a "Christian." A big j.a. is all he turned out to be. Why does any professional need to put their religion out front? All religions are just fine with me. And so is a person's decision to have no religion at all.

Obadiah Plainsmen

I betcha there are around 200 physical therapist is greater Frederick area. If christian-based PT scares, offends or makes you feel uncomfortable then don't use them.


I can't tell from the article what distinguishes christian PT from non-christian PT. Can you shed any light on that?

Obadiah Plainsmen

That little light of theirs they're going to let shine.


It sounds like you're are saying christian-based PT is indistinguishable from non-christian-based PT.


Yeah, I won't be using this bunch.


That's your differentiator? I could care less about what you do on Sundays.

dancing donna

Welcome to Frederick. Christian means those who love Christ and live to serve Him and show others the love of Christ. There will always be good and evil in the world. God is always truth. Anything else in not of God. Christians are not perfect. We are forgiven and strive to live a life pleasing to our Creator. The world needs more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the goals of a Christian and considering the state of our world today, we should all welcome more peace, more joy, and more kindness.


Yes but how are you with knee replacements?


Careful. Comments like that get you tagged as anti-Christian around here.

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How weird, isn't it?

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