In the late 90's, after decades of working in hospitals and outpatient clinics, occupational therapist/hand specialist, Thomas Primavera, decided to open up his own clinic. He knew he had something special to offer his patients. With his knowledge, experience and his ability to connect with people, he felt that by getting away from the big corporate atmosphere and going on his own, he could give more to the community.
Thomas started in a tiny room on the second floor of a building in Oak Harbor. The practice grew so fast that it startled him! People were climbing the stairs to see him; they were sending their friends and family, they were getting the results they wanted and it was an added benefit to spend a full 45-minutes with a therapist, laughing and having fun.
Nearly 30 years ago, Thomas asked Wendolyn to leave the hospital setting and team up to build a private practice for physical and occupational therapy. “We had our own ideas about what we could offer patients based on what we would want. We did not care much about fancy equipment and big sweaty gyms. We wanted to build a place that was warm and welcoming: to steal the words from the show “Cheers” – where everyone knows your name,” Wendolyn says. “Thomas and I have always been passionate about continuing our learning, gaining skills and offering more and more tools to our patients. We think that our professions are the most valuable in the medical field today because we spend 45-minutes one-on-one with each patient. We know you. We have the luxury of time to hear what you need. After years of treating patients, I know that the patient will tell me what is wrong; I just need to listen. I can test and measure and observe but listening makes all the difference. We love what we do! If this stops, then we will stop.”
In 2016, Wendolyn and Thomas' daughter, Marri, began working for the practice. She was in collage seeking an art degree at WWU, but decided to teach herself the bookkeeping for the family practice as a part time job. Not long after Marri started to show interest in running the clinic and began to oversea the operations of the clinic. Now, 7 years later she is managing the clinic, doing the books and raising the cute kids that run around the office.