“1, 2, 1, 1, 2….” the coach calls out punches to the boxer.
He changes combos as the fighter becomes more proficient with the moves. “Let’s start in on some footwork,” and the group of amateur boxers weave in and out of a circle of tape on the floor.
“Shuffle! Don’t cross your feet! Make sure you’re leading with your left!”
But this is no boxing gym. This is Teton Therapy’s Lander, WY clinic. And for Hawk Cain, a Therapy Technician, this is just another day on the job. An amateur boxer with more than three years’ experience, Cain was tapped to lead Teton Therapy’s Power Punch Parkinsons classes. The program is a joint venture with the Wind River Parkinson’s Group and the Parkinsons Association of the Rockies. Boxing is an ideal activity for Parkinsons sufferers as studies have found that the large-motor movements of the sport help fight the debilitating effects of the disease.
When the program was first proposed to the staff at Teton Therapy, Cain was the ideal candidate to coach the would-be boxers.
“Hawk’s way with our patients, and his enthusiasm for the sport were a perfect fit for Power Punch Parkinsons at Teton Therapy. We knew he would be ideal to lead the class,” says CEO and Occupational Therapist Jeff McMenamy. And, says Cain “I’m always up for a challenge.”
But Cain isn’t the only Teton Therapy staff member to get company support in pursuing personal interests. Shea Boyle, a Physical Therapy Assistant, also in the Lander clinic, has been following her passion as a high school diving coach for the past 17 years. “I love coaching. I love the process. Watching a kid learn a skill that is completely different from normal daily life, working on that skill, overcoming fears, improving, and reaching their goals”
Teton Therapy’s support of Boyle’s activity made the difference for her: A previous employer “didn’t want us working any jobs outside of [Physical Therapy]. It was frustrating and annoying that she didn’t see the benefits to the community and to the individual.” And Boyle’s ability to continue coaching full-time has benefitted the Tigers dive team as well. The Lander boys have been 3A state champions for the past 25 years. Says Boyle, “I have been grateful that I can continue coaching, working and enjoying life!”
Teton Therapy believes that taking care of their patients can only happen if their employees are happy and thriving. With locations in Riverton, Lander, and Cheyenne, the staff works hard, but are able to play hard in some of the most beautiful areas of the state. “We work together as a team to accommodate the needs and wants of employees, to the best of our abilities.” Says Kimberly Shelley, Teton Therapy’s Riverton-based V.P. of Administration. And, indeed, the company boasts a high employee retention rate with very few employees leaving due to job dissatisfaction. According to internal records, 20% of the current staff have been with Teton Therapy for about 10 years or more.
If you or someone you know would be a good fit for this growing business – if you thrive on challenge, growth, opportunity, and serving others – Teton Therapy wants to hear from you. Their three locations are currently accepting applications for all positions. Send applications to Careers@TetonTherapypc.com
And, as always, if pain or injury are keeping you from living your life to the fullest, contact Teton Therapy for a free 30 minute consultation.
604 E Carlson Ave, Suite #304