Lead + Follow: Alika M. Antone

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?

Browns Point

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?

Be happy.

What is your leadership style?

Servant leadership

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?

Sports memorabilia

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?

My family

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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"Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all that you have done to help me get better. What I admire the most is that you have a kind, caring, outstanding staff that not only listens to what is going on with us but goes the extra mile to help each of us achieve our goals. Danny and Alika never, never, never gave up on me and helped me reclaim my life. I love all of you dearly."

− C. Marez

"The therapy did exactly as I had hoped, it helped alleviate my shoulder pain, and stopped the numbness from creeping down my arm to my hand. The exercises I was shown had the added benefit of helping keep my neck and traps loose and not so tense all the time. A great experience that I would recommend to anyone needing physical therapy."

− C. Wesley

"I’m really glad I am going to A2. My PT Danny is very knowledgeable and courteous. He pin-pointed the area affected in my hip and back. We are working to improve my strength, range of motion and ultimately lessen my pain with Danny’s wide range of stretches and strength techniques to improve my quality of life. So far in the three weeks that I’ve been enrolled I’m very impressed with A2 Physical Therapy. Thanks Danny!"

− Sean