For Maurice Dumit, owner and physical therapist, effectively treating people’s pain requires good hands and an open mind. The goal of all therapy, Maurice believes, is to create a stable foundation for pain and injury to resolve. To accomplish this requires a hands-on approach that restores neutral postures, elongates tight, shortened tissues and strengthens stabilizing muscles. It also requires the knowledge that pain is often an echo of dysfunction far from the site of pain. “You can’t completely resolve someone’s hip or back pain if you never find the stone in their shoe”. In short, successful treatment is the result of a whole-person approach.
Maurice founded INVIVO in 2002, creating a place where people can access skilled complimentary, alternative and medical health practitioners who have different approaches but similar philosophies and goals. INVIVO is a place where people can discover fitness and wellness options that are readily accessible and encourage exploration. It is a place that intends to inspire and achieve a sense of balance and well-being.
Maurice holds a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University and a bachelor of science in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an avid runner of half-marathons and marathons, a dedicated golfer and student of yoga.
Q&A with Maurice Dumit
Q. How long have you been a physical therapist?
A. I have been a physical therapist since 1998.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. My specialization is in spine rehab and general orthopedic. I also enjoy doing TMJ work and chronic pain.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. As an aide I spent years assisting in treating very sick people whose greatest challenges were getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom. It was challenging work but it was more physical than mental. I love the forensics of orthopedic work – the problem solving, the synergies of biomechanics and molding the dysfunctional body back towards functionality.
Q. What is the goal of therapy?
A. Technically we work towards restoring proper function of the joints of the body. If the joints work properly then pain decreases and movement increases.
Beyond that, my goal is to help people rediscover their vitality and to reclaim their bodies.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. That’s a loaded question. Where do we start? We have entered an era of what I call ”retail medicine”. Because of rising healthcare costs and decreasing benefits people are “shopping” for their healthcare providers. People want and should expect a quality experience – a welcoming staff and environment, attentive, industrious and mindful practitioners, and, most importantly, efficient and effective treatments. I hope that is what we are able to deliver everyday at INVIVO.
Q. What was your vision behind creating INVIVO?
A. When I first met my wife she was dealing with some significant chronic pain issues. She would spend entire days running from one practitioner to another. Her treatments and practitioners were not well coordinated and she wasn’t making great progress. At the same time I was beginning to realize that medicine had limited resources for effectively treating spine, joint, and chronic pain. Doctors have really only two tools at their disposal to treat orthopedic issues – drugs and surgery. However, research had demonstrated that interventions such as physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and wellness interventions were highly, if not more, effective. From there it was a fairly simple idea to bring all of these services together under one roof. I wanted to create a place where practitioners could directly communicate and coordinate treatments; where people could pursue not only a solution to their current pains but a place where people could continue to achieve a greater state of wellness.
Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. Right now I am working with Biz, one of our excellent Yoga Therapists. I am trying to refocus my energies. Owning your own business is challenging and I am striving to create balance in my work, personal and physical life. Yoga therapy, a combination of physical postures and mindfulness strategies, is an excellent tool for reconnecting the physical and quantum-physical mind and body.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Golf because it is, in its finest form, active meditation – something we can all benefit from these days. Running, because it too, in its finest form, is active meditation and it’s such a minimalist and naturally human activity. Plus it’s the one activity that keeps my Lucky Charms addiction in check. I also love painting but I need a small studio space to work in because my wife is tired of paint on the carpet and drapes.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Some of my favorites are La Merenda for tapas, Coquette Café, Beans and Barley for lunch, and Sale da Pranzo for special occasions.