We wanted to take a moment to honor a man who has inspired many through physical therapy, including his son Ross Nakaji, and the development of LGOST. Our clinic would not be in existence if not for his passion in physical therapy. He is a huge part of our history, and we hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about us as a PT family.
Our history begins long before the start of this practice in October of 2003. It began with Bob Nakaji, PT, who settled in the South Bay physical therapy landscape in 1968 to start and direct the physical therapy department at Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) in San Jose, CA. He founded Athletic Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. (ARPTA Inc.) as the contract provider for PT services to GSH. He set out to help treat, grow and educate the profession and other health care professionals about physical therapy. In 1968, he was a staff of one at GSH. By 1990, he had grown to 6 satellite sites throughout the South Bay with over 30 employees. He officially retired in May of 1998.Bob has touched a lot of people both personally and professionally and has been known for mentoring many of today’s top physical therapists across the country. Bob always had a true love for food and he enjoyed traveling, gardening, dabbling in real estate, photography, watching football, and collecting vintage jewelry, Japanese antiques, and art pieces.
It was with this passion and work ethic that inspired his son, Ross, to pursue a career in his father’s footsteps. Over dinner conversation in late 2002 with urging of Dr. Tom Elardo-Bob’s son in law, Bob, Kris and Ross decided to start something new: a unique PT clinic where Ross could treat, Bob could advise and Kris would manage. Our roles today within the practice may be vastly different, but the philosophy and focus on quality care have never changed. Quality and consistency of care are the cornerstones of our practice. Everything we do as a team is directed towards developing and fostering these behaviors. Quality means doing things that work. We design programs of care that are proven to be effective treatment interventions. You can expect individualized, hands-on care.Consistency is achieved because all professional staff uses the same evidence-based evaluation formats in assessing your condition. It is the evaluation that guides the treatments chosen for you by the therapist. Further, we understand that two things are required for you to improve. First, patient education is essential. You must understand your condition. Second, the therapist cannot do it all. You must be an active participant in your care. Our history spans six decades of physical therapy and health care. It is a philosophy that stands the test of time and will continue to do so as long as our core values remain intact.
Bob’s memory will live on through the many lives he touched, and we will strive every day to embody him through our approach at LGOST.
We will be closed early tomorrow, January 31, so that our staff can attend the services on honor of Bob.
We will be taking donations to our LGOST Foundation in his honor should anyone want to contribute, as we will be starting a scholarship fund in his honor.
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