After 22 years in Occupational Therapy, Tracy Dissinger decided it was time to open her own practice. She said that she stepped out of therapy and into management for many years, but realized what she really loved doing was treating, so she decided it was time to make the change.
“I’ve talked about this for years,” Ms. Dissinger said at the grand opening celebration of her new practice, located at 550 S. Dupont Highway, Suite E in Milford. “I finally just took the leap. I have had a tremendous amount of help from the Small Business Development Center in Georgetown. In my years in management, I learned that I am a great therapist, but a weak marketer and sales person, so they have helped me put things in place so people who are good at those things can help me.”
Ms. Dissinger said that she envisioned a hometown based business and has hired only local business owners to do help with the daily details needed to run a practice. She chose Angela Dorey as her insurance agent, Deanna Smith at Artisans Bank for her banking, and Clare Jonekis at Tax Chicks for her accounting/ payroll because she wanted to support other women-owned or run businesses.
Ms. Dissinger came to Milford from Pennsylvania where she earned a degree at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and studied under some well-known hand surgeons and therapists. She and her husband, Mark, moved to Milford in 1999. Their daughter, Elizabeth, attends Towson University in Maryland where she is in the doctoral program in Occupational Therapy.
Tracy holds specialty certifications in Hand Therapy, LSVT- BIG , a Parkinsons/ MS/Stroke treatment program, Geriatric Specialty , and Driver Rehabilitation.
“Someday, this practice will be Libby’s,” Ms. Dissinger said. “That was the agreement. If she was accepted into the occupational therapy program, I would open a practice. Of course, that is a long way down the road, and I have no plans for retiring any time soon.
Ms. Dissinger said that she decided to open the practice in Milford because she enjoys being close to home and being an active part of the community. “It was time to come home.” She said that deciding to start her own business was a difficult one as giving up a stable salary is risky, however it was time to take the leap and get back to doing what she does best – providing great treatment and being proud of what you did at the end of the day.
Ms.Dissinger and her husband are also very active with the Second Street Players Theater in downtown Milford. Tracy is the current board president and front of house committee chairperson and Mark is the director for the theaters current production of Fiddler the Roof.