Award Honors Concentra Physical Therapy Founder

12/08/2011

Clarke Seyler (center) with CEO Jim Greenwood (left)
and Chief Medical Officer Tom Fogarty, MD

The first annual Gary Zigenfus Award was presented to Clarke Seyler, PT, OCS, MDT, Area Therapy Director in Las Vegas, at the Concentra Hall of Fame ceremony held the week of Nov. 18 in Addison, Texas.

Gary Zigenfus was Concentra's national therapy director until his sudden passing in July. He joined the organization in 1991 to develop our physical therapy practice and became a great teacher, coach, and mentor to therapists and other leaders. He also championed customer service and outstanding patient care to the point that he exemplified our mission, vision, and values as well as anyone in the organization. For these reasons and more, Gary left his fingerprints on the organization and footprints that others will follow.

In presenting the bronze plaque, which was cloaked until Clarke was on stage, Chief Medical Officer Tom Fogarty, MD, described the qualifications and traits of its first recipient:

  • "...always comes to work early with a smile and remains positive even during busy and challenging situations."
  • "...has a strong work ethic, doing anything needed in the center, no matter how mundane."
  • "...is welcoming and respectful with patients, is very outgoing, and is well-liked by everyone."
  • "...passionately articulates the Concentra model to patients, employers, and even payers."
  • "...has coached and developed several PTs from low to high performance in a short time."
  • "...is an active ambassador for the PT profession and has developed positive relationships with PT schools and the American Physical Therapy Association."

In addition to being a licensed physical therapist (PT), Clarke is certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment (MDT) and is an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).

"Every e-mail from Gary included the phrase, 'Average people are willing, champions are eager,'" said Clarke, "so it means a lot to me that the phrase is on this award."

A replica of the Gary Zigenfus plaque will be mounted on a wall in the home office dedicated to his legacy. The names of the physical therapists who receive the award in the future will be displayed with this commemorative plaque.