The sound of the coffee grinders whirred in our ears as Matt and I sat down at Starbucks for coffee #34. He began by telling me about his practice. In April 2008 Matt started Total Access Urgent Care. The project went from dream to completion in about 8 short months. Now 5 years later, he has 4 locations, with a goal of 10. “Everything in my life is fast, so once I decide to do something, I just do it. If it works great, if it doesn’t work you do something else.”
It worked. Over 270 reviews on Google, almost all 5 stars, prove that’s the case. The reasons people are loving Total Access Urgent Care, in Matt’s own words are, “We’re easy, fast, nice and inexpensive.”
Matt came to St. Louis “in the year of the great flood”, or 1993, to study at Washington University Medical School. He left to do his residency in Baltimore and then joined the Navy. He sipped his coffee as he explained that he didn’t enjoy the experience. “They tell you what to do, when to do it, how to do it.” He didn’t fully comprehend the fact that he could go to war when he signed up. Much of the time he was sitting in a tent in the desert of Iraq (he was also in Japan and Florida), and he doesn’t even like camping! “My idea of camping is a 40 foot RV with pop-outs on each side, air conditioning and TV.”
It’s fairly common for people to become interested in and research their family history. It’s not so common to research the history of a home, but Matt did! His 110 year old house has only been owned by 6 families. The original family's patriarch had a large role in the Listerine company and was good friends with the Lambert of Lambert Airport.
Matt and I briefly touched on his hobbies next. His first hobby? Work. Ok, his second hobby is travel. He’s been to Hong Kong, Bali, New Zealand, Australia and several places in Europe. I almost choked on my hot chocolate. New Zealand is my dream destination. I would love to dive there (and hike and explore and spelunk...). Matt said it was the best trip ever, he did hiking, biking, sea kayaking and it was phenomenal!
I told Matt about my diving trip in Mexico where I ran out of oxygen when I was about 50 feet underwater. It was definitely eye-opening and I will now ALWAYS check my oxygen tank. Matt affirmed that...”What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
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