Starting Over Again



  • Emotionally?
  • Professionally?
  • Personally?


How many of you know this road? I am the eternal optimist, seeking the best in every person and situation, while blind to those who were ready to take advantage of that situation. For someone who loves connection, harmony, and who basically wants peace and stable longterm relationships, it devastated me to get a divorce (not just once, but twice—ugh!)

Professionally, I am a caregiver at heart and corporate physical therapy almost took all I had from me. I worked for a nationwide company when I first got out of school in 1997, and again, was naïve to the ways of the world. It was a physically demanding job that required a lot of emotional fortitude because I was working in chaos every day. I had amazing co-workers, and we “bonded through trauma” and are still good friends over 20 years later.

That work experience eventually led to me starting Monarch Physical therapy in 2011, because I wanted to work and live in the same town. My choices that I could see at that time were: a) work in a nursing home b) work for a male dominated sports medicine clinic or c) create my own space.

I was scared and just on my own income, created a clinic with a vision to do healthcare differently. I really had no idea how challenging it would be, but it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has changed and matured me in ways I could have never fathomed. I am a firm believer that whatever is in your core/heartspace resonates and spills over to your personal and professional life. The more that I learn about myself, the better leader and practice owner I become.

2020 has been a crazy year. I have never had to close an office, much less do a gradual re-opening. I am blessed beyond measure with my dedicated staff and clients. Every week we add a few more clients and hope to be able to add Massage therapy services soon (just waiting on the Governor to announce that). Just like all of my “starting overs” in life, I am taking this one day at a time, breathing deeply, and aware that I am exactly where I need to be. I am hoping we all have time and resources to support each other, shop local, and do the best we can with what we have.

With gratitude,




Brenda Bryson, PT, MPT, LMT
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