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2012 Health Care Champions Honoree: Gerry Catapang

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Injury treatment and prevention is Gerry Catapang’s bread and butter.

Catapang, who owns and manages 13-year-old independent clinics Physical Therapy Care, Manual Physical Therapy and Industrial Rehab Center PC, says his practices deal largely – about 40 percent – in treating patients referred through workers’ compensation claims.

“Dealing with workers’ compensation is really a challenging field,” Catapang says. “Some doctors don’t want to treat workers’ compensation patients. It just so happens that because of our background in physical therapy and pain management, we are able to help workers return to work at the earliest possible time.”

Catapang says a majority of referrals to his clinics are for neck and back issues.

“We’ve been able to establish a niche for being the first choice for the spine,” he says.

In 2007, Catapang added a workers’ compensation claims prevention division to the Physical Therapy Care clinic.

“We realized that treatments for these kinds of patients are good, but more important is injury prevention,” Catapang says. “We actually deal with ... the treatments for the injured worker, helping them return to work ... and of course, helping the company decrease their claims for workers’ compensation.”

Catapang, a master golf performance specialist through Texas-based GoLo Golf Performance, also works to maximize athletic potential by performing golf body screens and related programs.

“What happens is we try to get better but our body doesn’t permit it. We try to examine those biomechanical faults and then correct those faults through golf-specific exercise programs,” he says.

Catapang dedicates about 10 percent of his work time toward providing free physical therapy for the poor and homeless via The Kitchen Inc. He’s been aiding the nonprofit for more than a decade.

“That’s the best way we can serve the community is to help some of our less fortunate brothers and sisters who need physical therapy,” he says.

Catapang says his companies this year joined the Coventry insurance network and are applying to become a part of area hospital networks.

Click here for full coverage of the 2012 Salute to Health Care.

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