This monthʼs edition of Lead + Follow — a Q&A section in the South Sound Business Magazine dedicated to further understanding the personal and professional mindsets of area business leaders — features Alika M. Antone, owner and lead therapist at A2 Physical Therapy in Tacoma.
Antone received his doctorate in physical therapy at University of Puget Sound and is a sports lover through and through. The former UPS baseball player still coaches the sport and helps train young athletes in other endeavors, too. He also has written a childrenʼs book, Quiet Mind for Kids, to help give kids tips for success.
Twenty years ago, I never knew
running a small business would be so hard.
What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Saved by the Bell
If you could stick to one age, what would it be, and why?
Age 12 — absolutely no responsibilities and we had the best summer with the kids in the neighborhood.
What was your last Netflix or Prime binge?
My wife made me watch Bridgerton.
Whatʼs your favorite vacation spot?
Kauai or The Post Hotel in Leavenworth
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
What is your email etiquette?
Short, not fuzzy
What car are you most attached to?
My Chevy Avalanche
Whatʼs worth paying for?
Free time, baseball games
Whatʼs your favorite neighborhood?
Whatʼs your most treasured possession?
Michael Jordan second-year card and my Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck card
What are you afraid of?
What causes are important to you?
Our environment and kids
Music of choice?
What excites you most about our future?
What is your mantra?
What is your leadership style?
What, apart from time, would make the biggest difference to your life?
Having a professional cook and a meal planner
What apps do you use the most?
Google Business, Instagram, and Pokémon Go
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Coffee, CrossFit, and look at chart notes
What in your wardrobe do you wear the most?
Nike running pants
What do you crave at the end of your day?
What song is currently in your head?
“Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
What do you collect?
What does success look like?
An abundance of health and positive relationships, free time, and continuing education
If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
Where do you get your inspiration?
What advice would you give your younger self?
Put more work into sports and school. Put all your money into Amazon.
I am energized by
music and coffee.
In 10 years, I hope to
travel with my wife, Jen.
Written by Josh Dunn, South Sound Business Magazine March 2023
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"I came in to A2 with a knee injury that left me with very limited mobility and muscle weakness. Danny and team did an excellent job of diagnosing exactly what my issues were and designing a treatment plan that allowed me to regain strength, balance, and confidence. I would recommend A2 without reservation as a skilled and professional team."
"A2 staff are friendly and informative. All my questions and concerns were addressed. I looked forward to my appointments because even if I didn’t see my progress, because it was so gradual, the staff here made sure to celebrate every move forward. I thought I’d always have a limp/never recover fully, but I was wrong!"
"I came to A2 PT to assist in my recovery of a torn Achilles tendon. Not fully knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. Using a combination of PT (for strengthening and stretching) and massage (for scare tissue Break up) I feel my recovery has been accelerated. The whole crew Alika, Kristi, and Sophia are very kind, spirited, and passionate about their jobs! On a personal note, the word massage should be removed from the phrase deep tissue massage. It is very misleading-but it does work!
Keep up the great work gang!!"