Immediately upon meeting Ronald Samaniego, Doctor of Phyiscal Therapy (DPT), one gets the sense that they are in the presence of a passionate man. The kind who believes in fighting for his beliefs; one who pushes himself to the limits in order to break the ceiling and definitely, achieve his dreams.
Dr. Samaniego is a wunderkind of the local physical therapy scene. Following seventeen years of successful practice in the United States, this young doctor went back to his native land to establish a more progressive and modern approach to physical therapy in the Philippines.
Along with the recent popularity of health and fitness in the country and the increasing number of sporting and physical endurance events in the metro, came the need for a more established approach to Physical therapy. Buoyed with this knowledge, Dr. Samaniego opened the Active Life Chicago Physical Therapy to cater to this growing need in the market.
The clinic offers the following services: sports rehab, post surgery rehab, acute and chronic pain therapy, vestibular rehab, shockwave, hands free ultrasound and stim combo. ALC has 12 branches in the metro, to be increased to 14 clinics before the end of the month. Quite a feat, considering that ALC has just celebrated its first year in the industry.
The success of the clinic can be summed up with Dr. Ron’s dedication in providing the best kind of treatment for his patients. He, along with the whole ACL team ensures that patients do not lose hope when it comes to their illnesses. When asked what keeps him going, he cites, “It’s when patients say that they have given up hope, and then we come along and changed it for them.”
When he came back from Chicago, he was surprised and frustrated on the lack of concrete and update physical therapy procedures in the country, along with a legislation that was last updated in 1969. He believes that the role of PTs were very restricted in terms of what they can do. And there are a lot of pain and illnesses among common people that were not immediately addressed.
With the founding of the ALC, he becomes the only active PT in the metro, aided with a staff who shares his vision of establishing a more dynamic practice in the Philippines, “Our approach in ALC is that you look for it and you fix it. There should be clear diagnoses and there should be progress. Many of the patients have been very happy, considering the many changes that were immediately being done to the patients – giving hope to those who have been going through the pain for a long time.”
With this kind of leadership, Dr. Ron hopes to reach out to more patients and hopefully, make a change in the standard of PT practice in the country, one ALC clinic at a time.
ALC clinic branches include:
MANDALUYONG: 415 Cityland Shaw Tower Mandaluyong City. Phone: (02) 997-5704 or (0977) 292 2215Mon to Fri 9am- 6pm (until 5pm for walk-in)Saturdays 9am-4pm (until 3pm for walk-in)
QUEZON AVENUE: 1472-1476 Pacific Century Tower, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City Unit 805 Near Crossings Mall/National Bookstore (0977) 290 0650; Mon toSat; Walk-ins accepted from 10-4PM.
ALABANG: 303 Philippine Business Bank corporate center 1906 Finance drive Madrigal Center 1, Alabang, Muntinlupa (Same building as Ringside). Call or text (0977) 292 1917 or (02) 772 0719 to schedule an appointment or walk in., Mon to Sat. Walk-in from 10-4PM.
CALOOCAN: 12 Concepcion Condo Unit 212 & 214, General Concepcion, Bagong Barrio Caloocan City. Behind BIR building along Edsa before Monumento Circle. Free Consult. OPEN MON to SATURDAY; with walk-ins accepted from 10-4PM; contact 0995-840-7772 and 0950-634-7925
NUVALI: Gymboree Building Brain Train center Unit 108 Sta. Rosa Business Park, Greenfield, Sta. Rosa, Laguna (Behind Medical City Santa Rosa); Open from Mon to Sat, Walk-ins between 10-3; Free consult; Contact (0995) 8441166 and (0950) 6347938 (Talk N Text)
BINONDO: Rm 708 BPI Condominium Bldg150 Plaza Cervantes Street Binondo, Manila. With Free consult. Open from Mon to Saturday, walk-ins accepted from 10-3; Contact (02) 2435398
FAIRVIEW: Marian Medical Arts Building Unit 213 Dahlia, Fairview (Behind FEU); Contact (02) 461 3322 or 0915-497-9469 or Main office: (02) 997-5704; Open Mon to Sat, accepting walk-ins from 12-6:30 pm
MAKATI: 302 Travelers Inn Condotel Makati Avenue Makati City (near A Venue and City Gaden Hotel); Open Monday to Saturday, from 10-4PM; Contact Makati Office (02) 772 81 54 or through (0915) 002 8465
ANTIPOLO: Rm 205, #214 Felipe Crisostomo Bldg. Sumulong Highway, Mayamot Antipolo; Contact (02) 897-9588 or 0927-852-8027 Antipolo. Free Consults every Monday and Wednesday 11am-5pm, and Friday’s 10am-4pm
PASAY-BUENDIA: Unit 702 IPI Buendia Tower, Sen Gil Puyat Ave., Pasay City (across Imarflex); Contact (0995) 9441967 and (0908) 4257405; With Free Consults very Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am- 5pm, and Sundays from 10am-3pm
BGC: Unit 11-E Palm Spring Condo, 30th st. Corner 1st ave BGC Taguig (Near BIR); contact 09959441937 and 09204169849; with Free consultS every Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
PAMPANGA – SAN FERNANDO: Aria place. Unit 201B Jose Abad Santos Avenue San Fernando, Pampanga; contact 09216560845 and 09052260914; free consults Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Opening soon: Bulacan, Eastwood, Abad Santos
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