For Conway, a career goes full circle
Life has come full circle for Dr. Kirk Conway, who owns KConway Physical Therapy, which has locations in Prince Frederick and Dunkirk.
After he graduated from Northern High School in 1987, Conway did a mentorship through the Calvert County Mentorship Program.
“I wanted to try to use it to see what I wanted to go into,” Conway said.
Conway took part in a different mentorship each year until he worked under orthopedic surgeon Dr. Griffith, who brought Conway to his physical therapy practice to check on his patients. And it was there that Conway saw what he might be able to accomplish with patients of his own one day.
After seeing Griffith’s handson work at the physical therapy office, Conway decided to intern with Randy Demaris at Demaris’ physical therapy office and for an eight-week stint, learned how to work with patients.
Conway loved that he was able to see his patients directly and work one-on-one with them.
Conway always knew he wanted to go into medicine one day thanks to his childhood role model, and close family friend Dr. Aris Allen. But his mentorship with Demaris showed him exactly what field he wanted to go into.
Though it was difficult to get into, Conway used his dedication to school that was impressed upon him by his teacher parents and earned his bachelor’s degree, and later a doctorate, in physical therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1991.
Conway knew that a career in physical therapy would ensure job security, and that it would be essential over the next 30 to 40 years to take care of the older generation.
Following college, Conway had multiple business partnerships, including one in chiropractic care, and he enjoyed them but he really wanted to one day fully own his own business, and opened KConway Physical Therapy in 2007.
“This is my home,” Conway said when asked why he started his business in Calvert County. “My mother’s family has been here for over 200 years.”
Conway said the hardest part of starting his business was getting over the fear of failure of his business dying, but he was excited about being able to channel his passion and creativity into something positive. He’s been open almost 11 years now, and has helped train and motivate physical therapists.
His advice to those hoping to enter the same field is to “Get really good grades. You’ll need them to get into physical therapy school.”
He added it’s important for kids to work hard and be serious in order to go far in the field. He hopes to mentor students through the Calvert County mentorship program soon.
Dr. Conway is absolutely a successful product of the mentorship program,” The Community Mentorship Program Coordinator Susan Cross said.
Cross added she believes Conway is a good role model for future students because he shows the value of experimenting in your chosen field, and that she would be happy to work with him in the future.
Dr. Kirk Conway owns KConway Physical Therapy with locations in Prince Frederick and Dunkirk.