About Us

1960s

In 1964, Flanders Physical Therapy (now known as TAI-Northwest Portland Physical Therapy) opened under the direction of Dan Jones. This was the first of the company’s private practices outside of California and started what later became booming growth in the Pacific Northwest. The 1960s also brought the development of APTA’s Private Practice Section (PPS; originally called the “Self Employment Section”), thanks to the dedication and motivation of Bob Dicus, who acted as the section’s first Chairperson. DPM was originally solely owned by Jim and Bob, but growth and a combination of other factors encouraged them to expand the partnership group. The biography of J.C. Penny, The Man with a Thousand Partners, was an early inspiration for the concept of shared ownership and helped to develop the Key Person model that TAI maintains to this day. Unfortunately, the 1960s also brought heartbreak, as Bob was diagnosed with ALS, a disability that gradually took him out of practice and the business and eventually took his life. His vision and legacy remain significant to TAI and PPS.

1960s

 


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