Matthew graduated from Tulsa Community College in July of 1996. Matthew earned his BA in Business Management from Langston University-Tulsa in 2000. Since his graduation From Physical Therapist Assistant school, Matthew has treated people with a variety of challenges ranging from complex neurological cases, geriatric fitness and recovery from illness to acute post operative orthopedic care in a variety of settings.
Physical therapy has been Matthew Lynn’s career path since high school. It’s a path that crossed with Ryan Smith’s a few times before it led him to join our team here at LifeMotion.
“I worked at Hillcrest Medical Center right out of school, in the Kaiser Rehab inpatient.. Matthew says. “ It was about two years after I started when Ryan started working there in the outpatient clinic—he was a new grad and was a supervising therapist.”
Both of them eventually left Hillcrest. Ryan went to Texas. Matthew got into post-acute home healthcare physical therapy. As time went by, though, he knew wanted something more.
“Ryan came back to Tulsa about 13 years ago and opened up his clinic,” Matthew remembers. “But, it just wasn’t a good fit. So life went on for another 13 years.”
During that time, both his kids came for treatments at LifeMotion.
“I would go and hang out in the gym while my kids were getting their sessions,” Matthew says. “My daughter had a lot of little injuries from competitive cheer. My son, bless his heart, at 15, blew a disc. Through the care between Ryan and Trevor, he was able to get back out on the field, symptom-free.”
That’s why LifeMotion is the only clinic Matthew would recommend to friends and patients. It’s also why he would check in occasionally with Ryan over the years. Then, earlier this year, things lined up; a Physical Therapist Assistant position became available at LifeMotion.
“It was a pretty big change going from post-acute care to outpatient physical therapy,” Matthew says. “I didn’t want to just go someplace and grind somebody out for however long they were approved for. I wanted to actually make a difference in their life and well-being.”
LifeMotion’s commitment to building relationships with clients is what drew Matthew to us.
“It was always just something I wanted to be a part of, the team, the atmosphere, the energy, and the success,” Matthew says. “It’s not just running patients through certain paces. There’s a lot of method and scientific support behind the therapeutic interventions LifeMotion provides.”
“If the client feels confident, then their likelihood of a positive outcome also increases,” Matthew says. “When you have a relationship and confidence in what you’re doing, people are more likely to follow your instructions and then, in turn, get better.”
Joining our LifeMotion team has given Matthew far more in return.
“I get the benefit of being challenged professionally, making a positive impact on people’s lives, and working with a team of therapists that have a positive outlook on their profession and on life.”