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Eric Cardin, executive director, South County Physical Therapy

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South County Physical Therapy was founded in 1985 by Cathy Hoover-Smith, with a staff of two, including her. Today, the practice has six locationsAuburn, Worcester, two in Westboro, Millbury and Charlton — and 82 employees, including 32 physical therapists. The practice has experienced a 20 percent growth in the last five years, and the company is approaching 1 million in total patient visits. Eric Cardin has worked for the last 10 years. He is a native of Middleboro, and received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in physical therapy from Boston University.

What made you decide to become a physical therapist?

“I had always been interested in science, and I was athletic when I was in school, and then I got injured. They sent me to physical therapy, and when I was lying there on the table, I thought, ‘I could do this.’ When I went to school in the 1990s, physical therapy was the up-and-coming career, but when I graduated, there were no jobs. I worked in a car dealership and tended bar and eventually found a job in a private practice in Brockton.”

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