By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2014
The Cox and McGuire families: (front row) Abbey Cox, (middle row) Kaleigh Cox, Anna McGuire, (top row) Cade Cox, Sean Cox, Kim Cox, Anissa McGuire, Bret McGuire, and Jake McGuire.
For college friends Sean Cox and Bret McGuire and their wives, Kim Cox and Anissa McGuire, life revolves around family, faith, community and a business partnership. The two men are the co-owners of SUMMIT Physical Therapy, which will celebrate its 15th year in business this summer.
Sean and Bret met in physical therapy school, where they both earned degrees at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Kim and Anissa met at Oklahoma State University. “We were sorority sisters,” Kim says. Anissa also attended physical therapy school with Sean and Bret. “They graduated together and all got jobs at St. John’s right out of school. I was also working in Tulsa.
Later, Sean was offered an opportunity to be the manager of the outpatient physical therapy department at the local hospital in Guyman, OK, his hometown. After a few years of living in Guyman, “Bret encouraged us to move to Rogers County,” says Kim. The Coxes felt it was a good time in their life to move back and be closer to Kim’s family in Bartlesville.
Fast forward to 1999, when the couples decided to take a leap of faith and open their own outpatient physical therapy clinic. “Kim was pregnant with her second child and I had just had my second child,” Anissa says, “but our families decided the time was right for us to go out on our own.” Bret adds, “I always wanted to own a company where I could surround myself with top notch people in a community where we could be an integral part of its life, not only professionally but also civically. It’s been a dream come true to do just that in my hometown.”
Sean, Bret, and Anissa had been working in their profession in different areas of the community, but deciding to give up a steady paycheck while beginning their families required faith. “We saw a need for additional rehabilitation services here in Rogers County,” Sean states. “We wanted to offer services that people were driving to Tulsa for and keep them closer to home.”
SUMMIT Physical Therapy was birthed in a 4,200-square-foot former movie theater located in the Ne-Mar Center. When the rehab clinic opened on August 9, 1999, ten staff members served four outpatients that day. Today, the business has grown into three locations in Claremore, Catoosa and Pryor with 64 employees. SUMMIT also provides therapy in 13 schools in northeastern Oklahoma.
One of the services setting the business apart at the beginning was extended hours for working people to receive physical therapy before or after work, even if they commuted to Tulsa. “One of the most rewarding things about my profession is working with people who have had injury, surgery, or pain limitation and are doubtful of their ability to return to normal activity, sport, or work, and then do so after the therapy/rehab process,” states Sean Cox. Sean goes on to say, “It was exciting to be the first outpatient therapy provider to bring warm water pool therapy to Claremore. Aquatic therapy is beneficial to patients who are limited by pain or have difficulty bearing weight in an upright position, and is soothing on arthritic joints.” SUMMIT is still the only outpatient clinic in Rogers County providing aquatic rehab therapy.
Before constructing their current state-of-the-art, 10,500-square-foot facility on Blue Starr Drive in Claremore, SUMMIT relocated next to Reasor’s in the former Mega Movies building, where they renovated the 6,200-square-feet building to accommodate their growing business. In 2004, they also opened a pediatric facility on Sioux Street. Now, all of their rehab services are under one roof, allowing both pediatric and adult outpatients to take advantage of the aquatic pool.
SUMMIT will celebrate its 15-year anniversary on July 31 with a carnival-like atmosphere in the parking lot from 5 to 8 p.m. Snow cones, popcorn, cake, face painting, food trucks, music, freebies and (weather permitting) an inflatable slide in front of the pediatric clinic will be offered to everyone in the community to help them celebrate. “We’ll also be drawing for some great prizes,” says Marketing Director Delayna Trease. “We hope everyone, including former patients, will come out and help us celebrate.”
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.