Mike Crossman left Southern California and came to Payson in 1987. The veteran physical therapist thought he was trading the fast pace of urban life for a slower rhythm.
He said he wanted a change from working six days a week and being on call.
“I used to joke that the only thing slower was the speed limit,” Crossman said.
When he came to Payson, he was the only physical therapist, so he was still working six days a week and was on call. Employed by the hospital, then still called the Lewis R. Pyle Memorial Hospital, he also worked with patients at Payson Care and Manzanita Manor (now called Rim Country Health).
For a time he was employed by Payson Care and opened and operated Payson Physical Therapy, which he sold to its current owner/operator Scott Nossek.
Now Crossman is the physical therapist with Payson Regional Home Health, operated by PRMC — so he has come full circle.
His first day on the new job was Monday, June 24. Crossman said he joined PRHH in hopes of having more control of his schedule and a change of pace. He is looking forward to the new work.
He said home health physical therapy is more focused on the patients and the stress of fitting the service into their schedule of care is not quite as intense as it is working within the confines of a facility.
Crossman anticipates most of his work with the home health patients will be helping them regain strength and balance. There will also be some help with pain issues, he said.
He is currently reviewing client files to get up to speed and then will make visits. In some cases he might reassess conditions and perhaps fine-tune the plans of care. An assessment of the client is always the first thing he does when assigned a new patient. He will then develop a treatment plan to fit the parameters of the referring health care provider’s orders.
When not doing his physical therapy work, Crossman loves music and is part of the band Backdraft. Beyond his work and music, he spends time with family, including 10 grandchildren who are all in Arizona for now.
To learn more about Payson Regional Home Health, see the article in the special June 26 edition of The Senior Review. For information, call (928) 472-5245.