Dr. Ronald Samaniego, is the only doctor of Phyical Therapy here in the Philippines as of now. He owns a clinic named Active Life Chicago PT, a clinic that focuses on management of the joint and various neuro-muscular pains.
In this PsstPh Part of the Story Series, Ronald Samaniego PT, DPT talks to us about his PT career and his experience in the industry.
Full Name and Alias: Ronald Samaniego /Dr. Ron / Dr Rockstar
Location: main branch at Shaw
Education: Bachelors in PT, Doctor of PT
Tell me something about yourself, your background and your profession?
I came from Chicago but I saw the need for my expertise in the Philippines. I feel that in the Philippines, items or services are either lacking or just way too expensive if available. I’m the owner of 12, going to 14 PT clinics. To date, I’m the first practicing Doctor of PT that I know of in the Philippines that specializes in pain management and acute/chronic injuries.
Tell me about yourself that people don’t know?
I was told that I have a good voice. Music helps me relax. I write songs and movie scripts when I have the time and inclination to do so.
What is a physical therapist and what do they do?
PTs work with people who have impairments and movement dysfunction in order to improve the person’s quality of life.
What is a PT specialist?
Like a medical Doctor, a physical therapy specialist would specialize in a specific branch of rehab. Example: pain management, lymphedema, vertigo, etc.
ActiveLife PTs are specialists in physical therapy pain management, vertigo and sports injuries.
Can a patient can go directly to the PT clinic?
Yes, you can go straight to any ActiveLife PT clinic.
What should they expect on a first visit?
Expect a one to one evaluation with our board licensed and ActiveLife trained PT or with myself. We will find the root cause of your injury, and give you treatment options.
Can PT provide a diagnosis?
Yes- physical therapists are trained to give a differential diagnosis.
Who or what influenced you to become a physical therapist?
Like most PTs in the Philippines, I wanted to go to the US. I was told that graduating with a Bachelors in PT would help me attain that. So, I went into PT thinking that it would bring me to the US.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
Discrimination. I felt it even though they don’t say it. I didn’t like the feeling of being a second class citizen.
In the Philippines, the perception of the people when it comes to PT, is terrible. Most would say that we are just massage therapists and some medical doctors here are stuck in their old ways. It’s an uphill battle to change things here.
What makes a good physical therapist in your opinion?
I always say that if you treat a person like your parents, that makes you a very good PT.
At ActiveLife, we call it the Mother Standard of Care. If it’s your mother, assuming you have a normal relationship with her, how would you treat her?
What is the most rewarding part of being a physical therapist?
Hearing that sigh of relief from a patient that just got treated. And appreciation that comes with it. Something that you seldom experience in the States.
How did PT change your life?
The profession taught me so much about people, cultures and business.
If you weren’t a physical therapist, what would you want to be? Why?
A professional singer, maybe. Or a filmmaker.
I’ve always tapped my artistic side and I enjoy exploring what I could do in movies or with music.
What’s the best advice would you give to those who might want to join the PT industry?Nowadays you don’t get into PT to go to the US. That ship has sailed. You get into PT if you’re really interested in getting people better while you enjoy what life has to offer.
How do you see yourself 20 or 30 years from now?
Probably still in PT but I’m not sure if I’ll be as active. Many musicians would say that they’ll keep singing or playing until the music runs out. I’d probably be the same.
What legacy do you want to leave?
I want to be known as the person or one of the persons who will change how Physical therapy is being delivered in the Philippines. I believe that in a few years,physical therapist here in the Philippines will be considered primary care practitioners like in Canada, UK and Australia. I want to be the known as the person that will make that happen.
Here are the locations of Ronald Samaniego PT, DPT ActiveLife Clinic.
415 Cityland Shaw Tower Mandaluyong City. Phone: (02) 997-5704 or (0977) 292 2215
Mon to Fri 9am- 6pm (until 5pm for walk-in)
Saturdays 9am-4pm (until 3pm for walk-in)
1472-1476 Pacific Century Tower, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City Unit 805
Near Crossings Mall/National Bookstore
(0977) 290 0650
You can walk in between 10-4
303 Philippine Business Bank corporate center 1906 Finance drive Madrigal Center 1, Alabang, Muntinlupa (Same building as Ringside)
Pls call or text (0977) 292 1917 or (02) 772 0719 to schedule an appointment or walk in.
Mon to Sat
You can walk in between 10-4
12 Concepcion Condo Unit 212 & 214
General Concepcion, Bagong Barrio Caloocan City. Behind BIR building along Edsa before Monumento Circle.
Now OPEN MON to SATURDAY
Mon to Sat 10-4 for walk ins
Gymboree Building Brain Train center Unit 108
Sta. Rosa Business Park, Greenfield,
Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Behind Medical City Santa Rosa
Now open Mon to Sat
Walk-ins between 10-3
(0995) 8441166 (Globe)
(0950) 6347938 (Talk N Text)
Room 708 BPI Condominium Bldg
150 Plaza Cervantes Street
Mon to Saturday
10-3 for walk ins
Marian Medical Arts Building Unit 213
(02) 461 3322 or 0915-497-9469
Main office: (02) 997-5704
Mon to Sat
12-6:30 pm for walk ins
302 Travelers Inn Condotel Makati Avenue Makati City (near A Venue and City Gaden Hotel)front of Savory Resto…AUB bank on the ground flr..Maroon bldg
Makati Office (02) 772 81 54
Globe (0915) 002 8465
Room 205, #214 Felipe Crisostomo Bldg. Sumulong Highway, Mayamot Antipolo
Very Close to SM Masinag
(02) 897-9588 or 0927-852-8027
Antipolo Active Life Chicago Physical Therapy Clinic Schedule:
Monday and Wednesday 11am-5pm
Unit 702 IPI Buendia Tower, Sen Gil Puyat Ave., Pasay City
From Buendia LRT Station, walk or drive towards Ayala.
It’s across Imarflex and the u-turn for jeepneys and along KFC and Wendys.
(0995) 9441967 (Globe)
(0908) 4257405 (Smart)
Mon-Wed-Friday-Sat 10am- 5pm
Unit 11-E Palm Spring Condo, 30th st. Corner 1st ave BGC Taguig
Mon-Tue-Th-Sat 10 am to 4 pm.
PAMPANGA, SAN FERNANDO
Aria place. Unit 201B Jose Abad Santos Avenue San Fernando, Pampanga
09052260914 (Globe) to
Opening soon: Bulacan, Eastwood, Abad Santos