UCONN Alumni Spotlight
UCONN Alumni Spotlight
Dave Bostic (’83) and Sandra Bostic (’88)
UConn changed the lives of so many of the over 100,000 alumni to come through the university, but could you imagine your life changing through an actual collision at UConn? That’s the case for Dave and Sandra Bostic, whose lives literally and figuratively collided in the stairwell of McMahon Hall. Sandra’s books went everywhere and the rest is history, right? Two kids, many different jobs, a 17 foot UHaul (we’ll get to that later) and it’s still clear that these two share a love for life, each-other, and physical therapy.
David will soon be celebrating the five-year anniversary of Connecticut Physical Therapy Specialists, a practice that he built, with the support of Sandra, that has evolved from a business model he envisioned during his time with Industrial Healthcare. To say David is an entrepreneurial PT would be an understatement, he exudes creativity and thoughtfulness when discussing the vision he has as a practitioner of physical therapy. Patient care is at the heart of David’s work. In his own words, he says, “customer service is one thing, patient care exceeds it,” a mantra he stresses to his staff.
Now to give you some insight into Sandra, the old saying “behind every great man, is an even greater woman” comes to mind. Sandra is very clearly David’s biggest cheerleader, sharing with us anecdotes about David’s incredible work ethic and calm demeanor under pressure, just to name a few things. Sandra is certainly a people person, but she also radiates a love for physical therapy. She believes physical therapy was a wonderful profession for a mom and now as a grandmother. She has zigged and zagged along in her career, working as in a variety of settings including a school, homecare facility, outpatient orthopedic clinic, a nursing home, and now in utilization review.
We simply can’t highlight David and Sandra without sharing the resourceful nature of how David’s Granby clinic opened. Back in 2011, several physical therapy clinics were closing in New York and a live auction was set to be held on Long Island. Sandra characterized the day as a very Long Island version of a live auction, complete with cursing and yelling. Also, sharing that amidst the chaos, David served as “steady eddy,” winning the bids on nearly all the equipment needed to open the clinic in February of 2012.
Since opening the Granby clinic, David opened clinics in Uncasville and Hartford, continuing to build strong bonds with the community and other health care professional practitioners. Throughout his career, he has remained a lifelong learner, he completed a post-graduate residency program with “The Manual Therapy Institute”, culminating in the designation of fellow, of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. David knows it is extremely important to continue to learn, adapt to new information and change strategies to remain an effective leader. His clinics have evolved from his initial business model, and now in addition to orthopedic manual physical therapy, include a teaching component, employer services and sports/performance training.
David also generously opens his clinic up to UConn DPT students taking Professor Laurie Devaney’s manual therapy course and remains a committed mentor for AAOMPT. He believes that mentors have been integral in his career- even sharing the impact Dr. Joseph Smey and Dr Laverne Gordon (former director of the Medical Technology Program) had on shaping his decision to become a physical therapist in the first place. Looking back on his career, David’s advice for current DPT students at UConn is to explore working in different sects of physical therapy. He urges them to try out different settings like home care, acute hospital care, or school based physical therapy, as it gives you a wider perspective on the profession. Finally, he says that being positive and upbeat are paramount in your career – we can attest that it is certainly a characteristic of both David and Sandra!
For the full “News from the University of Connecticut, Physical Therapy Program, Volume 2 June 2017”
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