When Dave Knoeppel of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy retired on February 6, 2014, John Kowalski was ready to step up. Kowalski was hired as a physical therapist at LPST at 2009 and has now joined Bruce Peterson as a co-owner.
Knoeppel, who worked for more than 35 years as a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, partnered with Peterson to found LPST in 2004. Kowalski understands that these are big shoes to fill.
“I moved to Longview with the goal of starting my career as a PT and eventually putting my business education to use,” he said. “This is a special opportunity for me, and I’m very grateful to Bruce and Dave.”
Kowalski completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Marquette University where he also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. That combination provides him with a unique skillset that should serve him well at LPST.
He will continue to see patients but will also be responsible for the financial stability of the business and for keeping the staff informed about the most recent evidence-based practice treatments and changing healthcare requirements.
“One of the hallmarks of our practice has been the amount of time each therapist spends with individual patients,” Kowalski said. “This is a critical part of who we are and something I’m dedicated to continuing to the greatest possible degree.”
For Kowalski, the goals are clear. “I want to focus on building the thriving practice that Bruce and Dave have started, provide great service, and continue to be an important cog in the healthcare system,” he said. “I’m committed to making Longview Physical & Sports Therapy one of the best physical therapy clinics in the Northwest.”
LPST is located at 625 9th Avenue at Pacific Surgical Institute. Call 360.578.1188 for more information.