The Aaron LeBauer Story & Why You Can Start a Cash Practice Too

The Aaron LeBauer Story & Why You Can Start a Cash Practice Too

In case you’re new to following me, I wanted to share my story and give a little motivation as to how you can achieve what I did too.

I grew up in a medical family. My father, uncles, grandfather and great uncle were all physicians. It was kind of expected that I would become one as well, but no one in my generation did.

The turning point for me was the first night of organic chemistry in undergrad. Just to do the first night’s worth of work, it was going to take me over four hours. I realized then I didn’t want to go down that route.

I went on to get a “real job.” No one wanted to hire me because I was either too overqualified, too under-qualified or too serious about racing bikes. I ended up being a temp and bike messenger, until one day I had an epiphany: when I was younger and racing bikes, I had a massage that transformed my season.

I realized that I could heal people and earn a living doing it. So, I became a massage therapist.

People were telling me that I was the only one who’d touched them where they hurt. They told me I was the only one who’d helped them feel better. Because of those words, my wife convinced me to become a physical therapist. Physical therapy was never on my radar at this point. That’s how I got back to Greensboro, where I had grown up, to go to PT school.

I saw 43 patients one day in my first clinical rotation and knew I couldn’t do the insurance thing. I had to start my own business to treat patients the way I wanted.

Despite everyone telling me I was crazy, I graduated PT school in December 2008 and had LeBauer Physical Therapy open by February.

So why can you do this too? Because, despite what everyone tells us, the cash-based model is sustainable.

The patient is the deciding factor. If we focus on the patients, they will come. If we focus on the value they will get, they will come.

You can do this.

If you need help getting started, click here to download my CashPT Checklist!

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Aaron LeBauer PT, DPT, LMBT started a 100% cash based physical therapy practice right after graduation. He's on a mission to save 100 million people from unnecessary surgery & enjoys helping passionate therapists build successful businesses without relying on insurance.

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