Name: Danielle Wiswall
Business: Focus Physical Therapy
Location: 177 Vulcan Drive, Vandenberg Village
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays
What products and services do you offer?
I offer outpatient orthopedic physical therapy services. I offer outpatient lymphedema services, which is a form of oncological or cancer treatment. I also have a contract with an outside home health care agency that I can participate in.
Who are your customers?
Our customers are physicians and their patients from Vandenberg Village, the Air Force base, Lompoc, and all the way to Santa Ynez and Buellton.
How many people do you employ?
I employ seven people.
How long have you been in business?
I have been in business since November 2002.
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How did you get into this business?
I started in 1989 studying physical therapy. In 1991 I started working as a licensed physical therapy assistant.
I went to Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu and got an associate degree. I went to University of Hawaii for my undergraduate work in human health sciences.
I graduated with my bachelor’s in 1995. In 2000 I graduated from Loma Linda University with a master’s in physical therapy.
I was working at the Lompoc hospital seeing a lot of older folks with total hip replacement, total knee replacement, driving all the way from Vandenberg Village, Mesa Oaks, Mission Hills to the hospital for outpatient physical therapy. I thought it would be nice if they had some neighborhood clinic to go to.
It was serendipitous that St. Francis Hospital was closing and having an auction. So I just thought, why not go to the auction and see what I come back with. I went and purchased all the equipment required for a clinic. It was stored in my garage for over a year. That was fun.
What do you like most about owning your own business?
I like the latitude that it gives me when it comes to treating patients the way I feel they deserve to be treated. With one to one treatment, more continuity of care, and quality of treatment, where someone above me is not dictating, “You have to see 30 people today.” With my own business, I can see 10 people and give higher quality treatment.
What do you find most challenging about owning this business?
Making sure my staff, the team, is happy.
What do you do in your spare time?
I have two children that I care for. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy working out. I am currently doing boot camp called Manny’s Outdoor Fitness Program of Lompoc. I enjoy mentoring high school students who are interested in physical therapy. I like to travel.
I have been to Japan, China, Hong Kong, about nine countries in Europe, the United States, Canada, and a lot of states through Mexico. My last trip was to Costa Rica to the rain forest. One of my life goals is to touch down on every continent.