An Indian immigrant who was working at the time as Carle’s traveling physiotherapist, THEME KISHOR ‘CRISIS’ he had only been in the United States for a few months when he hit him.
“I have to admit,” he says, “I immediately fell in love with CU for the energy and the environment.”
Twenty-six years later, he is still here: he now lives in Savoy with his wife Lalaine and children Nikhil, a freshman in southern Illinois, and Rohan, a junior near Champaign Central.
As for the father, who worked for Carle and Provena before moving to southern Illinois in 1997 and returning seven years later, he is now a physiotherapist and a successful small business owner.
Thope founded Savoy Therapy in 2011 with the mission “to help older adults live independently without pain and without fear of falling.” He also owns the West Champaign franchise of Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers.
Sports fans in the ancient Indian city of Madurai (1.1 million people) devoted themselves to answering some questions from the Editor Jeff D’Alessio in the 78th installment of our weekly speed, read the protagonists of organizations large and small.
I am frugal in this … I always wait a day before buying anything.
The last luxury I indulged in was … I really do not know. Maybe it’s time to indulge.
My philosophy about meetings is … I like to keep them for an hour. Everything that goes on for an hour leads to distraction and leads essentially to useless ideas bounced back for the sake of discussion.
The hardest thing about being a leader is … bringing a sense of responsibility to your staff and family, and balancing the needs of the client and staff.
The worst job I’ve ever had has been … my first job. I was 23 in a private clinic right after leaving physiotherapy school. I learned who I shouldn’t become.
My favorite moments in this job come when … I see smiles on the faces of my clients and staff members.
I can’t live without my … book on personal development.
My models to follow are … Dr. David Fletcher locally and Dan Kennedy nationally. Both focus on taking care of your customers and forming great teams.
My only unbreakable workplace rule is … without follow-up.
The biggest business risk I have ever taken has been … deciding to start my own practice.
The most beneficial college class I took was … my anatomy class at the school of physiotherapy at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. Human anatomy is fascinating.
I am ready every day for … 5 h
When it comes to my exercise routine … I am very active: six to seven times a week, at least 30 minutes a day.
On a scale of 1 to 10, the impact of the pandemic has been a … 4. We managed to stay open and even added staff at the end of last year.