Ever since Shelley Boone’s days at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she knew she wanted her own practice.
In 2007, Boone completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and liked Columbus so much she decided to work in private practice here for the next two years. Then, she was offered a faculty position in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She accepted the job, but the dream of starting her own practice lingered.
“I still had the desire to strike out on my own and felt the time was right to do so when I returned to Columbus this summer,” she says.
Establishing the practice −Fast Track Spine and Sports Medicine− was tricky, especially since Boone was coordinating matters from another state.
However, “I knew from the start where I wanted the practice to be located, because sports are such an integral part of families’ lives in this area,” she says of the practice’s home, The Shops on Lane Avenue.
“It seems like almost everyone in this area plays a sport of some kind,” she says. “Upper Arlington, Grandview, and Hilliard all have great high school athletics programs. There are also many adult leagues, from recreational to elite levels of competition. As a former collegiate and semi-professional athlete, I look forward to getting involved in the community and covering as many sporting events as I can.”
In late summer, construction on Fast Track’s office was complete.
“The office is modern yet simple,” she says. “My aim was to keep the overhead low, so I don’t have to squeeze 30 to 40 patients into one day like many practices do.”
To learn more about Fast Track’s services and what Boone enjoys most about owning her own business, keep reading.
The Metropreneur: What sets your practice apart from other sports medicine practices in the area?
Shelley Boone: Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians like myself are uniquely trained to treat a wide spectrum of both orthopedic and neurologic conditions. During residency, we are specifically trained in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion management, bracing and orthotic fitting, and nerve and muscle testing− electromyography and nerve conduction studies. These are services not typically available at an orthopedic surgeon’s office or family practice sports medicine office.
In addition, at Fast Track we offer prolotherapy, a non-surgical treatment option for ligament and tendon injuries. We also take great care to give patients instruction in home exercise programs, injury prevention, and we provide physical therapy prescriptions tailored to the patient’s specific need. Our time slots are no less than 30 minutes per patient in order to ensure that the patient has a thorough understanding of the treatment plan. Each patient has the convenience to schedule his or her own appointment time through our website, www.fasttracksportsmedicine.com.
[M]: You’ve been in private practice locally since 2007, but I imagine it’s quite different working for yourself.
SB: It’s definitely different being in business for myself. Coming from a large hospital system like Johns Hopkins and a mid-sized group practice prior to that, it’s an odd feeling not to be surrounded by hordes of colleagues at all times. I do enjoy the autonomy of being able to change in Fast Track the things I disliked about the other practices I had experienced, both as a physician employee and patient. I want the focus to be on the patient, not paperwork and red tape.
[M]: What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a business owner and how did you overcome it?
SB: They don’t teach business, finance, and economics in medical school, that’s for sure. Fortunately I had the help of many friends who are much more knowledgeable in these areas! I would not have been able to start a business without their advice. Special thanks go to Megan Kilgore, Mary Brenning, Cary Hanosek, Mike Fitzpatrick, Gary Ubry, Mike Frush, Ed and Gail Boone, and Keith Speers for making this practice a reality.
[M]: What do you consider the most rewarding aspect of being a business owner?
SB: To me the most rewarding thing about being a solo practitioner is having the autonomy to run a medical practice so that the focus is put back on patient care, and not the bottom line. Most doctors decide to become doctors because, first and foremost, we want to help people. And that can get lost along the way if we let the economics of medicine dictate the way we treat patients.
[M]: Is there anything else you think we should know?
SB: I look forward to working with people in this community for a long time to come, and I encourage anyone to contact me at email@example.com if they would like volunteer medical coverage for their sporting event.
To learn more about Fast Track Spine and Sports Medicine, visit FastTrackSportsMedicine.com.