Tahoe City physical therapist retiring after 36 years
Special to the Sun
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Longtime local physical therapist and owner of Pro Care Physical Therapy, Rich Bozzio, MPT, has announced he will retire on May 1, after 36 years of practice.
“I knew throughout my career that I would retire at age 60,” said Bozzio. “I tried to create and maintain a treatment atmosphere contrary to the predictable and controlled treatment model found with traditional physical therapy clinics. Pro Care has had an open, almost Gestalt-like setting that encouraged dialogue, humor, tears, laughter, freedom of expression and kindness.
“It was a wonderful environment for healing, and our patients attained great results with this model. It was a fun place to work — and rehab.”
“Pro Care provided such a warm, professional, silly, caring and musical environment for my recovery,” added patient Sarah Merz, “It was bittersweet that my therapy was over because I just wanted to keep coming in for the fun.”
Bozzio started his career as a U.S. Army Captain at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He was hired in 1982 to establish and direct Tahoe Forest Hospital’s newly conceived Sports Medicine Department under Joel Grey, administrator, and orthopedic surgeons Bill Krissoff, MD, and Deane Stites, MD.
In 1987, he founded Pro Care Physical Therapy in Tahoe City.
“Rich is the most knowledgeable physical therapist I have ever had,” said Gordon Gravelle, who formerly played for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and is a two-time Super Bowl winner. “I have had my share of therapists over the years, and Rich is simply the best.”
While Bozzio is retiring, the business will continue. Located at 705 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City, Pro Care Physical Therapy offers rehabilitation physical therapy for patients with acute sports injuries, chronic pain conditions and postoperative orthopaedic surgeries.
“It has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey as a physical therapist and clinic owner to be able to practice at Lake Tahoe for three decades with so many athletic patients, great doctors and a supportive, focused staff,” said Bozzio. “I am so grateful to the people who came to see me for care, and for the great physicians who I had the pleasure of working with.
“I know Pro Care has made a difference in the lives of so many people in this community. Many became friends. I am just happy that I could help them heal from injuries or surgeries, because that’s what it has been all about for me.”
Laura Yates is a staff member at Pro Care Physical Therapy. Visit procaretahoecity.com to learn more.
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