Being Your Best

Billy Cioffredi, PT: Cioffredi & Associates Founder​

“I just want to finish with nothing left. That’s always the goal for me, to cross the finish line just knowing: no one’s ever trying harder… I’m going to feel proud of it no matter what the result is.”

-Jesse Diggins

Jesse Diggins recently won the world title in cross country skiing; The first and only American to ever win this title. But while she certainly wants to win, she doesn’t do it for the results. She does it for the feelings, the team, the whole experience. Some of that includes sleepless nights before the race. Some of it’s the pain of pushing your body to your physical limits. And certainly some of it’s the euphoria of an outstanding performance. Her goal is to give her best effort, fully engaged in all of the experiences, because she will always feel proud no matter what the result is.

I have always connected with this idea; to be the best that you can be, for the person that you want to be. That is satisfaction to me. Now my job is supporting our staff to be the best that they can be, to become the best who they want to be. And doing that while operating in a team environment. Being our best as an organization means providing the best support, expertise, and inspiration that we can provide in the delivery of our care. As Diggins expresses, best efforts involve some unpleasant sensations though. Whether it’s sleepless nights, muscle strain, or time dedicated to train, giving your best requires self-sacrifice.

For our group, it requires us to dedicate a significant amount of time and resources to continually train our staff and provide opportunities for their personal growth. For each member, it may require an evening call to a patient, taking time at noon to see a patient who had an unexpected set-back, or time to support a colleague who is struggling. In a group, it takes more than philosophy and a values statement. It takes skill and leadership to execute. It takes an individual who is not only highly competent technically, but is skilled at understanding each staff member’s unique personality, needs and desires, how that all fits within the team, and then provides that opportunity for the individual. Kate Leiser is that person for us. You can read more about her below.

Like Diggins, Kate gives her best each day and I have the great pleasure of seeing that result in the continual growth and betterment of our patients, staff, and community. And that’s the goal for me.

Billy Cioffredi, PT

Lifelong Learning

Since earning her doctorate, starting her career at Cioffredi & Associates, and becoming our first Residency-Trained Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008, Kate Leiser has been busy. She honed her skills in academia, serving as a faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University and adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University. And when she returned to our practice, she took that expertise in education to a new level. At Cioffredi & Associates, Kate leads clinical education and staff development, as well as patient care in the role of clinic director. In this role, she has elevated our practices and staff to where we are today – a regional leader for clinical expertise, education, and outcomes. Her outstanding skill and experience as an educator is invaluable as we continue to push the profession forward with extensive investments in mentorship, continuing education programs, and emerging research and technologies. Read more about Kate Leiser, PT and the Cioffredi Team Here.

Clinical Director, Kate Leiser PT, DPT, OCS provides direction and oversight for Advanced Clinical Education & Staff Development Programs...

This article first appeared in the Spring 2023 Cioffredi & Associates Newsletter. Read more here:


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