Meet Matthew Wayne, our newest therapy leader in Idaho! He will be joining our Bennett Hills team in Gooding, ID, next month and brings with him several years of experience as a PTA in three of our Pennant operations.

A graduate of Idaho State with degrees in Physical Therapy Assistant and Health Science, Matt is looking forward to expanding his leadership experiences. He was inspired to pursue a career in physical therapy when he had the opportunity to shadow several brilliant PTs through a career exploration class in high school. Prior to that, he possessed a passion for helping people through personal training, and combining this training with his new knowledge of physical therapy shaped how he wanted to interact with people and their health through therapy.

Matt looks for positivity in his colleagues and practices that quality in his own profession. “I figure if I try my best in all things and give encouragement to others to do their best, then I have given all that is possible. It feels so much easier to make advancements in challenging circumstances when we have strong support and have positive words spoken around us and our situation.” He believes in building strong relationships with nursing and other facility departments through communication, collaboration, respect and having a lighthearted attitude. Matt is inspired in leadership by numerous colleagues and friends and most especially his wife, whom he says inspires him every day. At his core, Matt carries the biggest lesson learned from his parents: “To think decisions through, pray about them and follow peace. Most important decisions shouldn’t rush you to make them,” he explains.

When not working, Matt is busy enjoying the outdoors, both land and water, in beautiful Idaho. He is an avid exerciser and also enjoys traveling to new places with his wife, target shooting, reading, and going to auto/truck performance exhibitions. Like many of us, he also spends much of his off-work time improving his home and yard. Demonstrating his diversity in interests, Matt’s favorite movies include It’s a Wonderful Life, The Fast and The Furious, and The Greatest Showman.

Matt loves all of our core values but if asked to pick his favorite (at the moment), it is Passion for Learning because our organization has given him so many learning opportunities in the past two years.

We are looking forward to working with another strong Pennant leader in Idaho and can’t wait to see what great things are in store for Bennett Hills!