Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 31, 2022
It All Started With an Ostrich

Injury due to ostrich riding led Troy Marsh into physical therapy and on to starting a practice 

The father and daughter duo, Troy and Sadie Marsh, work together to run the Tooele County physical therapy locations of Meier and Marsh.

Troy Marsh became interested in the physical therapy field after suffering from an almost unbelievable accident over 30 years ago.

“For 10 years, I suffered from lower back pain after falling off of an ostrich going about 30 miles an hour,” Troy Marsh explained. “I was 20 years old at the time.”

Because of his pain, Troy Marsh decided to enroll in physical therapy school where he worked with many professionals in the field.

“Eventually I did get through the pain,” he said. “I learned a lot. I was so thrilled to be walking normally again that I decided to take up running as a hobby. I didn’t stop. I began running 50 and 100 milers, but there will be no more ostrich riding.”

While still an avid runner on the side in 1992, Troy Marsh became the director of the Tooele Valley Hospital on 200 South in Tooele City. While there, he had many jobs, including physical therapy.

“I was one of the only PTs in town,” he said. “I was doing everything at the hospital: the hospital work, nursing home work, the home health work, the outpatient work, everything.”

After working at the hospital for a few years, a man named Wade Meier became Troy Marsh’s colleague. He worked alongside Troy Marsh at the hospital. The two quickly formed a bond that flowed into friendship.

“We worked together for a long time and we watched physical therapy as a practice grow in Tooele County,” Troy Marsh said.

A few years later, Troy Marsh worked to establish Mountain West Medical Center’s physical therapy clinic where he worked with Meier for a few years before branching out on their own in 2003 to open Meier and Marsh Physical Therapy.

Their first location was opened at 1226 N. Main Street in Tooele. They later moved to their present location at 1197 N. Main Street.

As their business grew and gained popularity, they were invited to open a second location at North Point Medical Center located at 2371 N. 400 East in Tooele around 12 years ago.

In 2008, Meier opened a third location in West Valley where he lives.

There is also a location in Grantsville, which opened around 2017, located at 168 E. Main Street.

“This business has grown bigger than I ever expected,” Troy Marsh said.

In high school, Sadie Marsh began working at her father’s clinic.

“I always wanted to do something in the medical field,” she said. “I’ve always loved the body and helping people. I always saw my dad do what he did and it interested me. I started working as an aid first and I really loved it. I loved getting to know the patients and seeing them get better, so I decided to continue my career as a physical therapist assistant.”

At Meier and Marsh, therapy is tailored to the individual.

“We help people who are in pain, who have had surgery, some with balance issues, and just people who aren’t functioning at their best get better,” Sadie Marsh said. “We help people return to a functional level and help them get back to what they love to do. Everyone’s so different and they require personal care and treatment.”

Connection is also another important part of Meier and Marsh.

“There’s a special feeling of getting connected with people and helping them overcome their difficulties, challenges, and pain, and getting them back on track to living a normal life,” Troy Marsh explained. “That’s really all our patients want.”

The clinic relies on physician and hospital referrals, as well as word of mouth to gain business. They accept walk-ins as well and many popular insurances are accepted. The company hosts workshops related to different types of bodily issues regularly.

“The workshops are free to the community,” Troy Marsh said. “I love to share knowledge.”

Troy Marsh also recently completed a book entitled “Fix Your Lower Back Pain and Sciatic for Good.”

Sadie Marsh has been focusing on pelvic health lately, a new part of the company.

“I treat the pelvic floor and issues and dysfunctions that go along with that, like incontinence issues, pain, constipation, pregnancy, postpartum and all of that kind of stuff,” she explained. “I’m super passionate about it, because I didn’t know I was going to develop pelvic floor issues myself… It’s fascinating.”

Sadie March wants to continue to learn more about pelvic floor issues.

Troy Marsh enjoys working with his daughter.

“Sadie is smart,” Troy Marsh said. “It’s been fun watching her grow and it’s interesting to have her as a new therapist, because I’m able to share things with her that she has picked up on very quickly.”

There is never a dull moment in the physical therapy business.

“I’ve had people come in with raccoons and with fat cats to show us,” Troy Marsh said. “I’ve also had people get word of some of the things we do and bring their relatives from as far away as China, Moab, and Idaho. We’ve also had famous runners come for their backs and ailments. It’s been fun.”

In the future, Troy Marsh plans to retire and leave the business in good hands.

“We have some good people who have expressed interest in company leadership,” he said. “We hope to continue in Tooele County with people who are ready to take the helm. We want to keep things local and personal.”

Sadie Marsh plans to continue to learn and might consider taking over the company someday.

 

One thought on “It All Started With an Ostrich

  1. Troy treated me in Tooele in 1994 following knee surgery. He definitely developed a custo.used program for me and got me back to better than prep surgery shape. I live in a different state now and have had need for physical therapy a few times, but have never had better than Troy.

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