I’m Dr. Tom Naro, creator of My PT. I was born and raised in Westfield, MA with my mom Mary, dad Vinny, and older brother Anthony. My parents inspired me to enroll in the Physical Therapy program at Springfield College. On my final internship I used my hands to treat clients and I realized that PT was my calling. I knew I could help people heal and recover their physical abilities from an injury, accident, illness, or disease.
My career began in 2006 on the seacoast of New Hampshire. While working full time I completed the 2007 residency program with the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA and in 2010 earned a transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A. T. Still University.
There have been hundreds of hours put towards professional learning. My favorite training have always been the hands on experiences. Spinal manipulation and dry needling are by far the most exciting! Some of the best learning happened during mentor-ships. I’ve lead students through their first, second, or final internship in order to prepare them for real wold PT practice.
From 2012-2017 I was a partner, manager and the primary PT at Coppola Physical Therapy Farmington, a private outpatient clinic in Farmington, NH. We were able to grow the clinic’s reputation as a source of excellence in Physical Therapy and attention to patient care. Today the clinic continues to grow.
In 2017, I relocated back to my roots in Western MA when I began My PT. The format of the company allowed for a combination of personal and professional freedom. To advance my skill-set, I earned the title Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS III) and Advanced Office Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (AOEAS) through The Back School®. I knew that cash-based clinic needed more than getting doctor’s to send their patient’s to me so I decided to grow my network with a local chapter of BNI (Business Networking International). It was the long time recommendation of my Uncle Peter.
This group led to the introduction of the Family Business Center Round Table discussion group where a group of business owners/managers learn from each other in a think-tank conversation. It was this group that I mention is important because without them, I may not have found my Southwick office.
My goal for My PT is to be a trusted healing and functional resource for the local community. My PT is more than Physical Therapy, it’s about a culture that puts each person first in their own healthy life. That is why My PT offers free classes to the public about ways to heal better and live better. I invite you to join me on the journey to healthy living one day at a time, where ever you may find yourself on life’s journey.
Thomas Naro, DPT, CEAS III, AOEAS