Therapist Profile: Jason Niemeier, PT, Arvada Care & Rehabilitation, Arvada, CO

Our team at Arvada has been such a great learning environment, and I am just happy to be a part of all the exciting things we have been able to achieve in the two years I’ve been working there. Below are the answers to the therapist profile questions.

FYI the picture of me flying is me testing out the comfort level of a new harness system I acquired for our gym.

What inspired you to become a physical therapist?

Unfortunately, I never had a single moment that inspired me to go to PT school and become a therapist. I have always enjoyed teaching others, challenging myself and being active. I began running out of appealing options to pursue with my bachelor’s degree and decided PT school was my last option. Only once I was in PT school did I realize that this profession encompassed all of my passions together and ended up being a perfect fit for me.

What is your favorite thing about your work?

My favorite thing about work is getting to see patients and residents make big breakthroughs in functionality and independence.

How do you stay motivated and passionate about what you do?

My patients are my motivators. This profession allows me to have a front-row view of how fragile our health is and how most of us, including myself, take that for granted in our younger years. Knowing that I play a large role in helping my patients regain their independence is a very rewarding and humbling feeling that fuels my passion and motivation.

What is one thing you would change about your job if you could?

More vacation days!

What is one thing that would surprise people to know about you?

I used to have a mohawk in high school.

What is your favorite Disney character, and why?

Nemo because that was my nickname when I was younger.

What makes your team at Arvada special?

Our Therapy team is truly incredible for many reasons, but the thing that stands out most to me is our ability to effectively create a laid-back, comical, approachable and professional environment that helps us be so successful. We really get along well and enjoy our time together.

What is your favorite core value in CAPLICO, and why?

My favorite core value is easily customer second! When I was first introduced to CAPLICO, that core value really stood out. It was backwards from the popular phrase “The customer is always right.” After putting some thought to it, I realized its brilliancy. Health care professionals play a vital role in society and subject themselves to stressful and emotional situations every day. We must make sure that each and every day we offer the best versions of ourselves to our co-workers, patients, families, etc. The only way to offer the best version of ourselves is to make our own health and well-being the top priority. Customer second really captures this philosophy.

Why is Colorado the best state to live in?

Colorado is the best state to live in because of the mountains. This state is a gigantic playground for all outdoor enthusiasts such as myself.

What is your favorite way to spend time when you are not working?

I try to spend all of my free time outdoors. The more physically and mentally challenging the activity, the better.