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Save the Therapists!

As an SLP, I left direct patient care in 1999 to create a company dedicated to taking care of my fellow therapists- OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, ATCs and SLPs. In 1999, in the midst of the PPS initiative, I was asked to create my third list of lay-offs, due in one hour. Knowing the great therapists I worked with, I called my husband and said that I just couldnt go through another round of layoffs. To my surprise, he said "put YOUR name on the list." I did as he suggested. That evening, when I returned home, my husband asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I said that I needed to be around therapists, but I needed it to be positive - helpful - happy. And so CIAO was started.

Each year, CIAO puts together a total package of the most up-to-date tools and resources for treatment teams in various populations, at some of the lowest rates in the country. Treating patients takes a passionate creative person. I understand that dedication and so CIAO brings these courses to cities while giving therapists the attention deserved...all with a flare of Southern Hospitality.

I am truly enjoying taking care of people who dedicate their lives to taking care of others. "Save the Therapists!"
Lesley Mateer, President, CIAO