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Hours of operation: Open Monday - Thursday 8:00-5:00, Friday 8:00 - 2:00
Who are the owners?
Stacy Fox, PT, DPT
How and why you
started your business?
I have been treating patients in an outpatient Physical
Therapy practice for 24 of my 25 years of practicing Physical Therapy. I love
what I do, helping people feel better, helping them get back to what they need
to at home work and play. My way of saying: “Getting you back to you, with one
on one personalized care.” I take pride
in treating each patient as a person and not a diagnosis or a body part. There
is an indescribable satisfaction and feeling when I see the progress and I
pride myself in being able to find out what individual path that person should
take to help them reach their goals.
After working in the corporate Physical Therapy world for 25
years, where the process is driven by driving the most appointments possible, I
found it became harder to offer the individual specialized treatment I take
pride in. It was time for me to branch out on my own, so I opened Balanced CarePhysical Therapy.
My goal is to offer the community the specialty treatments I
continue to learn through continuing education, keeping my practices up to date
with the ever changing treatments as new research drives the Physical Therapy
world. I believe each patient should receive the respect and personalized care
I returned to school after 22 years practicing as a Physical
Therapist to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2014. I offer current, researched base Physical Therapy in line
with the most recent medical advances. In doing so, my patients start healing
faster and decrease the chance for limitations at home work and play. As Physical
Therapy practices continue to change, finding more specific exercises and
treatments has helped progress patients to heal faster with less cost for the
patient and the health care system.
What do you
What I like to think I do is improve people’s quality of
life. I do that through Physical Therapy with techniques that are modern and
specialized, allowing them to return to a healthy, active lifestyle.
I supported myself and my studies while attending Daemen
College in Amherst, New York, by Opening a jewelry kiosk called Rings andThings. During that time my mother, Ellaine Hering, had been sailing with a
friend and was introduced to the beautiful Town of St. Michaels.
After obtaining my Bachelors in Physical Therapy from
Daemen, I began to establish my career first by focusing on being a traveling
PT. My mom decided to relocate with Rings and Things to the town she fell in
love with, St. Michaels, Maryland. That was over 23 years ago.
After a year or so of traveling, I decided to relocate to
Maryland and began to establish myself as a local Physical Therapist
while managing a clinic.
In May of 2014, my husband Ken and I tied the knot, merging
our families. We were both enamored with the Town of Saint Michaels, and when
my mom asked us to get involved with Rings and Things (so she could start to
wind down her career), we recognized that as the chance to work towards
retirement dreams of spending our days here. We made plans regarding the store,
which turned into the possibility of establishing my own clinic, where I could
provide the level of care and personalization that had been lost in the
Having been a part of the St. Michaels community for over 23
years with my mom, I was very familiar with the seasonal nature of the town.
But I knew there is a thriving community when the tourists leave that could
benefit from my style of treatment. Planning with the local business people was
very comfortable, as I knew them most of my adult life.
I decided to try to be convenient to St. Michaels, Tilghman
and all points in between, while still providing an additional option for those
coming from Easton. I was able to find a convenient location near Sams Pizza,
right off the main road. We began construction and opened our doors on June 22nd
of 2015, at 1110 S Talbot St., Suite 5, Saint Michaels.
What strategy do you
use to draw people to your establishment? –
By offering researched based Physical Therapy and treating
patients with the attention and respect they deserve to help them obtain their
I work very closely with the local doctors to make sure they
know their patients will receive personalized, one on one treatment with a
focus on recovery.
What is your strategy
for growth in the next year?
I will continue getting to know the community and what it
needs; developing and expanding any specialty programs needed that are not
already being offered. It will be important to meet local doctors and let them
know what I have to offer their patients.
What is the best
thing about running a business here?-
I like the feeling of community here. I have been a part of
St Michael's for 23 years and we want to retire here.