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Meet Navid Hannanvash of RISE Physical Therapy & RISE Prime Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Navid Hannanvash.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Navid. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my education at the University of Michigan as an athletic trainer. Upon leaving I spent some time doing consulting with multiple professional sports before I attended the University of Southern California to obtain my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I moved to San Diego to work at a practice for several years with a primary role in practice development. After a while I realized that the profession of Physical Therapy as a whole was very focused on revenue and numbers, and less on patient care/community development. I decided to open up RISE Physical Therapy in 2014 with the aim to become the first physical therapy practice in San Diego to be contracted with insurances and provide individual, one-on-one treatments for patients. Our practice began in the community and flourished to multiple locations purely based on our ability to spend the time and energy working with people rather than focusing on packing the clinic with visits. As a result, we opened locations throughout San Diego County in Solana Beach, Point Loma, and Carlsbad. From there I began doing work consulting multiple practices in and around Southern California. People found out that we had found a way to make history in our patient/clinic development approach and I began helping other practices turn their clinic around. I found a niche in practice start up and practice development. My colleagues, friends, and family joke that I am obsessed with two things: making history and efficiency. I would agree with them in that those are two pillars of my professional experience that I pride myself on.

Throughout the experience of starting outpatient physical therapy practices, I learned about a lot of ancillary services and tools that people were using to help overall health and wellness, but nobody had found a way to combine them all. Building upon my obsession with history and efficiency I recently opened RISE Prime Wellness in Carmel Valley San Diego as a unique, holistic health & wellness practice that combines physical therapy, yoga, San Diego’s first ever whole body electric cryotherapy service, massage, nutrition, naturopathic medicine, and other providers all in one location. The aim is to provide people with a central hub of managed care and wellness services that are organized and supervised by multiple practitioners from multiple health backgrounds.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not even in the slightest. I’d argue that a lot of the obstacles and challenges were more internal than external, although the external challenges were not few and far between. Internally, I’ve had a lot of growth involved in the process of establishing these practices. To be perfectly honest, nobody could ever be prepared as a 31-year-old to own six businesses, consult in a handful of other practices, be responsible for the career of 14 doctors, and the jobs of 25+ individuals. It’s something that I’ve had to learn how to manage throughout the years, and it’s a process that I’ll continue to learn. I purposely named our company RISE because it stands for Revolution in Self Evolution. Not only does that related to the health care process that our patients go through, but it represents the growth that each of our providers go through internally. The self-evolution process is something that everyone experiences but we continually challenge ourselves and each other to go through in order to improve.

Externally, dealing with aspects of business that I couldn’t have imagined starting off have been amazing experiences that no other opportunity could have ever afforded me. Ranging from legal issues such as fraud and theft, to medical battles with insurance companies over credentialing and reimbursement, to managing partnerships with vendors and other companies have been a process that we’ve struggled through and will most likely continue to experience moving forward.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the RISE Physical Therapy & RISE Prime Wellness story. Tell us more about the business.
RISE Physical Therapy is the first outpatient facility to be contracted with insurances and provide individual care for patients with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Most physical therapy practices use aides and assistants in order to treat more patients and as a result produce more revenue for the practice.

We believe that our model allows us to help better get better faster and produces more long-standing relationships personally, professionally, and in the community. With locations in Solana Beach, Point Loma, and Carlsbad we’re able to serve a large area of San Diego with our services.

RISE Prime Wellness is the first holistic health practice to incorporate so many services and tools for overall wellness. We combine physical therapy, yoga, San Diego’s first whole body electric cryotherapy machine, personal training, nutrition, massage, naturopathic medicine, and other services. With our centralized location in Carmel Valley San Diego we’re able to provide service to the majority of people in/around San Diego county.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I would say the majority of our luck has been good luck in our ability to meet and work with some incredible providers and practitioners around San Diego. Internally, our luck starts with having come across some of the most impressive Doctors of Physical Therapy in the area. Their commitment to patient care and relationship building is something we are constantly in awe of and count our blessing every day to have them on our team.

Externally, we have crossed passed with some amazing health care providers from all different avenues of medicine (doctors, surgeons, chiropractors, trainers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapist, nutritionists, etc..) and we’ve absolutely learned more from them than we could ever have imagined.

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