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Physical Therapy Now recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®

(MIAMI, FL) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: This list serves as the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks Physical Therapy Now as #380for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.  That’s a 120+ ranking position growth in one year! “2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but it was also a year of unusual opportunity,” says Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur editor-in-chief. “Franchises were able to be nimble and innovative, serving the needs of franchisees and customers in ways that will resonate for many years to come. We believe that, when we eventually look back on this time, we’ll see it as a moment when many brands defined themselves for the future.” In Entrepreneur’s continuing effort to best understand and evaluate the ever-changing franchise marketplace, the company’s 42-year-old ranking formula continues to evolve as well. The key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. Over its 42 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees.  Physical Therapy Now’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity. To view Physical Therapy Now in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January/February 2021 issue of Entrepreneur, available at newsstands on January 26th. Physical Therapy NOW opened its doors to care for our community on November 12, 2003, under owner Andy Zapata’s direction. The center was founded on the following core principles: to provide optimal patient care by ensuring all patients receive reliable, personal, excellent, and cost-effective healthcare, to create and maintain a great working environment, and to continuously evaluate and improve every aspect of our practice to ensure that we excel in both patient care and employee satisfaction. We offer various services, including treatment for herniated discs, sciatic nerve pain, tennis elbow, joint problems, and much more. Our centers are family-owned and operated, and We have 40 convenient locations throughout the Miami Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Leon County, Pinellas County, Lee County, Dallas, and Houston, Texas.


(Fort Lauderdale, FL) Andy Zapata, CEO and Founder of Physical Therapy Now had the honor of receiving more than one thousand medical-grade masks from an unlikely philanthropist.  The heartwarming gesture was featured on WSVN Channel 7, Miami-Dade’s Fox News affiliate.  

Sophye Fahrer ,46, who developed COVID-19 in late March and spent nearly 6 weeks fighting the deadly disease that has killed more than 280,000 Americans.  Her pre-existing medical conditions were made even worse because of the coronavirus, causing her to be now classified as a ‘long hauler’—COVID-19 survivors who struggle for months—and perhaps years—afterward with the after-effects of the disease. 

Following Fahrer’s initial battle with COVID-19, the former Director of Client Relations for a major South Florida law firm (she is now on disability) decided to help doctors, nurses and physical therapists deal with the inadequate supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) by supplying these medical professionals with FREE, high-grade KN95 and three-ply surgical masks.  She has purchased $200,000 worth of masks to give away to frontline workers. She included physical therapists, like those at Physical Therapy Now in Fort Lauderdale, because these specialists are a key to the long-term recovery of COVID-19 survivors. 

Fahrer donated a haul of 1,200 masks (400 of the KN95, 850 of the three-ply) to the staff of five Physical Therapy Now facilities, one of South Florida’s leading physical therapy franchise operations. The cost of the donation is valued at more than $2,000.  

In addition, Fahrer and her company, Health Care Safety Supply (HealthCareSafetySupply.com), which she founded after her battle with COVID-19 as a method of thanking the South Florida medical community, will also donate a total of 1,000 masks to the nurses at Broward Health Medical Center at a cost of more $3,200. 

Fahrer calls her efforts ‘Sophye’s Butterfly Effect,” a metaphor for the existence of seemingly insignificant moments that alter history and shape destiny.  She is asking the public to join the Butterfly Effect Movement by donating to the movement on her website, HealthCareSafetySupply.com. She is not making any profits on the sales of masks but rather uses the money to donate additional masks to the medical community and first responders. 

Press Release 09/09/2018


Physical Therapy NOW’s explosive Florida expansion continues

Multi-Unit Franchise agreements signed for 3 new practices in South Florida.


Miami, Florida (8/9/2018)- The nation’s fastest growing Physical Therapy practice open to business ownership opportunities, Physical Therapy NOW announced today they plan opening three new centers in Tri-County, South Florida. Known as “Your Neighborhood Physical Therapy Centers”, PT NOW continues expansion providing easily accessible locations while maintaining excellent healthcare. Two new Physical Therapy franchises in Broward County  have been awarded to Devonne and Ebony McPhearson and the third to experienced franchise owner Eugenio Belaval.


‘This year, we expanded into new markets such as New Jersey an Texas but listen to our patients in South Florida who ask for even more locations in South Florida,” said Sharmila Cattani, Vice President of Franchise Development for Physical Therapy NOW.  “We are ecstatic to work with the McPhearson family whom bring a combination of hospital medical experience and business administration to our team. Additionally, we are particularly excited to award Gene Belaval whom brings over a decade of multi-unit franchise operations and deep extensive knowledge of the South Florida market”.


Franchise Opportunities still exist in Central, West and North Florida. Also, we are seeking qualified partners to help us in expansion in New Jersey, Texas, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.  Interested parties should visit www.physicaltherapyow.com/franchises


Physical therapy now has revolutionized the high demand industry of Physical Therapy by opening up to outside investment. We are the only franchise in the nation to provide franchisees with healthcare contracts for access to patients. More than 75% of the money spent on healthcare involves Physical Therapy. We are now offering franchise ownership opportunities to qualified Clinical and Non Clinical individuals seeking an easy to operate, low expense, business model providing quick startup with an average of 12 visits per patients. We seek franchisees with strong management, analytical and/or sales and networking skills. Contact Miss Cattani for full details about our opportunity at 786 942 3640 or e-mail franchise@physicaltherapynow.com

Awards First Area Development Agreement for Rapid Growth and Brand Dominance on The West Coast of Florida.


Miami, FL 3/13/2018- Physical Therapy NOW a leader in patient care in Physical Therapy, rehabilitation, prevention, health maintenance has prepared for further expansion in the State of Florida by awarding the title of Area Representative to experienced Franchise Area Representative business owners Armando Morales, Adrian Nunes and Vivake Abraham. As part of the agreement Mr. Morales, Mr. Nunes and Mr. Abraham will develop new Physical Therapy NOW locations in 4 Counties on the West Coast of Florida beginning with Tampa and working their way down to Naples, FL. Additionally, they will oversee franchise development and provide operational support to the market through its on-going growth. Physical Therapy NOW currently has 17 open locations and 14 in development in Florida with plans to develop another 15 in the next few years.

Physical Therapy NOW CEO Andres Zapata and Franchise Vice President Sharmi Cattani first met the Franchise Industry Area Representative Group while both were exhibiting at the Orlando Franchise Show. They’re experience in the franchise industry offered not only impressive business development and marketing experience but also, they had a keen understanding of the industry and shared doctors who referred to both franchises. It was a match made in franchise heaven! Happy to gain support with a group with passion for the franchise and with extensive business experience in the industry, Physical Therapy NOW awarded the group of partners with the title of only Area Representative in Florida where the franchise is based out off.

“Were excited to have such a strong player in the industry helping us grow the Physical Therapy NOW franchise” said Physical Therapy NOW CEO Andres Zapata. “With Armando, Adrian and Vi spearheading the growth in the Area, I’m sure we will find successful well vetted partner and quickly grow the area.”

Physical Therapy NOW is ranked on Entrepreneur Magazines April 2018 Issue and Listed on The Franchise 500 january issue for the last 3 years in a rown since its inception. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500 recognizes Physical Therapy NOW for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power. As part of the brand’s development strategy, PTNOW is also targeting co-brand and conversion opportunities whereby a physical therapist, chiropractors, occupational or speech therapist can expand their practices by adding Physical Therapy NOW to their existing business or convert their business into a thriving PT NOW center. For more information on our business model and franchise ownership opportunities please visit www.physicaltherapynow.com/franchise or contact Franchise Vice President Sharmi Cattani at franchise@phsycailtherapynow.com

Physical Therapy Now continues its growth by awarding Dr. Anthony Caruso a Physical Therapy Now Franchise. Dr. Caruso will be operating the awarded franchise out of Lake Worth, Florida.


Dr. Caruso is a Chiropractic physician with 20 years of experience. He has successfully been treating and serving the Lake Worth Community since 2000 through his own private practice.  His passion for patient care and health has allowed him to auspiciously operate his practice and makes him the ideal franchisee to continue the Physical Therapy Now growth and vision.


Dr. Caruso is a Florida State University and Life Chiropractic College Alumni. He has experience in multiple specialties such as whiplash recovery, back injuries, impairment ratings and much more.

With the addition of Physical Therapy Now, the Lake Worth community now has a resource to seek care for chronic pain, orthopedic injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation.


Physical Therapy Now of Lake Worth accepts all major insurance carriers and ready to serve you!

Physical Therapy NOW Awards Practice to Franchise Vice President


Sharmi Cattani met Physical Therapy NOW CEO Andy Zapata while working as a Franchise Consultant looking for a Physical Therapy practice that had the systems developed to become the next successful franchise to add to her book of diverse franchise businesses. Impressed by Andy’s ability to view business in the long-term stand point, create value protocols to build a profitable business model and then replicated five times over she approached him about developing his business into a franchise model. At the time Andy was studying the franchise industry himself and decided to embark on the journey of training entrepreneurs like himself to own successful Physical Therapy Centers.


A year later, together with Andy, Sharmi awarded over 15 locations and developed an Executive Team to support franchisees. Franchisees of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds thrive and are able to fight against consolidation of private practice by coming together under one brand to operate at a lower cost, receive assistance in billing and collections and credentialing (acquiring insurance contracts). Also, even more exciting was the fact that the business model could easily be scaled into multiple locations for a franchise owner once they understood the brand.


Sharmi decided she wanted to follow in her mentor’s footsteps and open a practice for herself. Understanding that the most important aspect of the PT NOW business model is to have a franchisee that would follow the operation, marketing and administrative training and systems she looked to her older sister knowing the entrepreneurial apple never falls far from the tree. Cynthia Pavon had over 20 years of executive level administration experience. She was also studying Health Service Administration at the time. Sharmi explained to Cynthia how she could work hard to grow her own business in an industry that is recession resistant and poised for growth. They also partnered with longtime friend Rommel Brioso a business major who could see the benefits of investing a proven business model. Within 3 months they opened the doors to they’re Physical Therapy NOW center and with the support of the franchise became the fastest growing franchisee for Physical Therapy NOW. Cynthia operates the practice and the administrator and managing partner using the PT NOW business model as a vehicle to achieve the results she wants. Physical Therapy Now provides supervision and departments to answer and guide her as she grows the business. Because of the ongoing assistance and training Cynthia and her partners have gained operational expertise otherwise acquired through trial and error helping avoid costly mistakes. The next natural step in their business plan is expansion. The PT NOW FIU Team are thrilled to see how quickly they can consider opening they’re second location.

Listen to Andy Zapata, CEO of Physical Therapy Now talk about the industry of Physical Therapy and how he has helped thousands of patient suffering from acute and chronic pain.  Niel Howe the host of Business Authority Radio show interviews Andy Zapata.  Click the link below to start listening.


Listen to the Interview — Click here

Direct Access 2016 – What do you guys think about Direct Access in Florida now being able to treat patients for 30 days with out MD prescription?

CHAPTER 2016-70 Senate Bill No. 450 An act relating to physical therapy; amending s. 486.021, F.S.; revising the definition of the term “practice of physical therapy”; amending s. 486.081, F.S.; providing that a licensed physical therapist who holds a specified doctoral degree may use specified letters in connection with her or his name or place of business; prohibiting a physical therapist with a specified doctoral degree from using the title “doctor” without informing the public of his or her profession as a physical therapist; amending s. 486.135, F.S.; revising the terms and specified letters prohibited from being used by certain unlicensed persons; providing a criminal penalty; amending s. 486.151, F.S.; prohibiting an unlicensed person from using specified letters; providing an effective date.

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (11) of section 486.021, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:

486.021 Definitions.—In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the term: (11) “Practice of physical therapy” means the performance of physical therapy assessments and the treatment of any disability, injury, disease, or other health condition of human beings, or the prevention of such disability, injury, disease, or other condition of health, and rehabilitation as related thereto by the use of the physical, chemical, and other properties of air; electricity; exercise; massage; the performance of acupuncture only upon compliance with the criteria set forth by the Board of Medicine, when no penetration of the skin occurs; the use of radiant energy, including ultraviolet, visible, and infrared rays; ultrasound; water; the use of apparatus and equipment in the application of the foregoing or related thereto; the performance of tests of neuromuscular functions as an aid to the diagnosis or treatment of any human condition; or the performance of electromyography as an aid to the diagnosis of any human condition only upon compliance with the criteria set forth by the Board of Medicine.

(a) A physical therapist may implement a plan of treatment developed by the physical therapist for a patient or provided for a patient by a practitioner of record or by an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under s. 464.012. The physical therapist shall refer the patient to or consult with a practitioner of record if the patient’s condition is found to be outside the scope of physical therapy. If physical therapy treatment for a patient is required beyond 30 days for a condition not previously assessed by a practitioner of record, the physical therapist shall have n a practitioner of record review and sign the plan. The requirement that a physical therapist have a practitioner of record review and sign a plan of treatment 1 does not apply when a patient has been physically examined by a physician licensed in another state, the patient has been diagnosed by the physician as having a condition for which physical therapy is required, and the physical therapist is treating the condition. For purposes of this paragraph, a health care practitioner licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, chapter 461, or chapter 466 and engaged in active practice is eligible to serve as a practitioner of record.

Section 2. Subsection (1) of section 486.081, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:

486.081 Physical therapist; issuance of license without examination to person passing examination of another authorized examining board; fee.—

(1) The board may cause a license to be issued through the department without examination to any applicant who presents evidence satisfactory to the board of having passed the American Registry Examination prior to 1971 or an examination in physical therapy before a similar lawfully authorized examining board of another state, the District of Columbia, a territory, or a foreign country, if the standards for licensure in physical therapy in such other state, district, territory, or foreign country are determined by the board to be as high as those of this state, as established by rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. Any person who holds a license pursuant to this section may use the words “physical therapist” or “physiotherapist,” or the letters “P.T.,” in connection with her or his name or place of business to denote her or his licensure hereunder. A person who holds a license pursuant to this section and obtains a doctoral degree in physical therapy may use the letters “D.P.T.” and “P.T.” A physical therapist who holds a degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy may not use the title “doctor” without also clearly informing the public of his or her profession as a physical therapist.

Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 486.135, Florida Statutes, is amended, subsection (2) is renumbered as subsection (3), and a new subsection (2) is added to that section, to read:

486.135 False representation of licensure, or willful misrepresentation or fraudulent representation to obtain license, unlawful.—

(1)(a) It is unlawful for any person who is not licensed under this chapter as a physical therapist, or whose license has been suspended or revoked, to use in connection with her or his name or place of business the words “physical therapist,” “physiotherapist,” “physical therapy,” “physiotherapy,” “registered physical therapist,” or “licensed physical therapist”; or the letters “P.T.; or any other words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying that she or he is a physical therapist or to represent herself or himself as a physical therapist in any other way, orally, in writing, in print, or by sign, directly or by implication, unless physical therapy services are provided or supplied by a physical therapist licensed in accordance with this chapter. Ch. 2016-70 LAWS OF FLORIDA Ch. 2016-70 2

CODING: Words stricken are deletions; words underlined are additions.

(b) It is unlawful for a person who is not licensed under this chapter as a physical therapist and who does not hold a doctoral degree in physical therapy to use the letters “D.P.T.” in connection with his or her name or place of business.

(c) It is unlawful for any person who is not licensed under this chapter as a physical therapist assistant, or whose license has been suspended or revoked, to use in connection with her or his name the words “physical therapist assistant,” “; or the letters “P.T.A.,” “; or any other words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying that she or he is a physical therapist assistant or to represent herself or himself as a physical therapist assistant in any other way, orally, in writing, in print, or by sign, directly or by implication.

(2) An unlawful act under this section is a violation of s. 486.151.

Section 4. Paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of section

486.151, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 486.151 Prohibited acts; penalty.—

(1) It is unlawful for any person to: (d) Use the name or title “Physical Therapist” or “Physical Therapist Assistant” or any other name or title which would lead the public to believe that the person using the name or title is licensed to practice physical therapy, unless such person holds a valid license, or use the letters “D.P.T.,” unless such person holds a valid license under this chapter and a doctoral degree in physical therapy.

Section 5. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. Approved by the Governor March 23, 2016. Filed in Office Secretary of State March 23, 2016. Ch. 2016-70

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Posted on 2016-04-07

PT Now tries to disrupt niche

A simple pain in the neck can become much more burdensome when physician referrals, weeks of waiting and phone calls to insurance providers become involved. One South Florida medical entrepreneur is hoping to literally ease the pain and reduce barriers to care in the mold of other franchised health providers upending the traditional healthcare model.

Andy Zapata is an occupational therapist with an imposing resume and an equally lofty goal of lowering patient barriers to physical therapy and sports medicine services. As a pleasant side effect, his Miami-based, five-unit franchise, Physical Therapy Now, gives physical therapists the opportunity to break out of the traditional American medical system as well by directly treating patients, without requiring them to spend time and money seeking a physician’s referral before receiving care.

As the clinical director for a multi-unit urgent care facility in South Florida, Zapata is also a partner in five physical therapy, orthopedic, diagnostic and chiropractic centers, while also carving out time to be a medical inspector and consultant.

The company’s plans to go nationwide rely on new national direct access regulations—that took effect January 2015—allowing patients to seek treatment from a licensed physical therapist without the need for a prescription or physician’s referral. Florida was a trendsetter among states, as its direct access laws preempted the new national law.

After completing the company’s franchise disclosure document in late 2015,  Physical Therapy Now is preparing to open its first non-corporate unit a stone’s throw from its Miami headquarters.

“A lot of physical therapists still believe you need a prescription to treat a patient,” Zapata said. “I want to be able to empower physical therapists, which helps get more patients into physical therapy.”

He sees the Affordable Care Act as a huge opportunity for his business, as more insurance card-carrying people deepen the pool of potential patients. Beyond basic physical therapy services, the company also provides sports medicine and worker’s compensation services.

Thirty percent of Physical Therapy Now’s clients come from people searching for traditional therapists, but the company is focusing its marketing efforts on encouraging hospitals to refer patients to its network.

Unlike The Joint, a 280-unit chiropractic franchise that doesn’t bill any of its services to insurance providers, Physical Therapy Now accepts insurance payments, but only charges $50 per visit for people without insurance or those who would rather pay on their own. So far, a large portion of its patients are young athletes looking to stay in fighting form.

Zapata said his practice provides a turnkey operation for potential franchisees that he says is a natural fit for doctors looking to escape the daily hassles of insurance providers or of working for a large corporation.

He hopes to attract physical and occupational therapists who are savvy enough to focus on three key goals for operating each practice: clinical abilities, administrative tasks, like tracking employees and keeping medical records; and marketing. Most new therapists who become franchisees, he added, will need the most assistance with administrative and marketing tasks. The entry cost for franchisees is estimated at $100,000.

This year, the company plans to add three or four new locations, which will most likely be in or near Florida, as the company already has the protocols and infrastructure in place to expand in its home turf.

Like other medical franchises, with scale, Zapata hopes his company can make a big difference by encouraging more end users to receive treatment than under the traditional medical structure.

“A lot of end users think physical therapy is just for an initial or acute pain,” he said, “but a lot of consumers have been living with chronic pain for their whole lives—we’re now more accessible than before.”





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