Company: Advanced Physical Therapy PC
Year Started: 1985
Start-Up Costs: $30,000
1997 Projections: $7 million
Joanne Jonathan was such a good physical therapist, people kept asking her to open a clinic. She did-and became one of the few women business owners in the industry.
While still working for another clinic, Jonathan was asked to do consulting work for local businesses who were impressed by her knowledge of typical industrial workers and their back problems. "They wanted someone who had a knack for recognizing the special needs of blue-collar employees who were returning to a very physical job," says Jonathan.
Companies also wanted someone undeterred by the less-than-glamorous world of industrial physical therapy. Jonathan was just what the doctor ordered: She responded to the appeal by opening her first freestanding clinic in a heavily industrial area of Indianapolis. One location quickly grew to nine, in addition to six on-site locations at local companies. Recently she formed a joint venture with four physicians to open an occupational heath clinic.
While she initially laughed at people when they predicted she would one day own seven clinics, the physical therapist is comfortable with her leadership role because, she says, she's always liked to organize and run things.
Jonathan's future plans include creating an industrial prevention and wellness program, a natural next step. After all, in the order of things, prevention comes before-and after-treatment.