Ever since he finished college, Troy Herrman has worked in physical therapy.

It’s the profession he’s loved and enjoyed, simply for the aspect of helping people heal. Herrman wouldn’t have had it any other way for the past 18 years.

“I think the most rewarding aspect of physical therapy is watching someone become themselves again,” Herrman said. “We deal with individuals when they are hurting, they’re down, and it’s not their normal self. You get to work with these individuals and build them up and watch them improve. In the process they become a healthier version of themselves. That’s special when that happens.”

Along that path, Herrman has had a dream of opening his own business. After a month of putting a new work place together, he finally was able to see a goal he set for himself years ago come to fruition. On Monday morning, his own business, Herrman Physical Therapy and Wellness opened to the public. It is located at 2707 Broadway Ave. in Hays.

Up until late Easter evening Sunday, Herrman and family members — including his father-in-law and brother-in-law — worked to get the place ready to be open.

“They’ve been a huge help,” Hermann said of his family. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

A native of Ensign, Herrman graduated from Fort Hays State University, then from the University of Kansas in 1999. He and his family have been in Hays for the past 10 years. He worked at Hays Medical Center as a staff physical therapist, then managed the outpatient rehabilitation department for four years. In the next six years he was a physical therapist at Koerner Chiropractic.

Through the years, Herrman has built strong relationships through work and confidence in himself. He never let the hope of owning his own business elude him. The timing to do it now seemed right.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve gained as far as confidence is just that ability to communicate and bond with individuals, so that they know, ‘Hey, I know I’m going to be OK again,’ ” Herrman said.

The business is staffed by just himself and his front area assistant Mariah Legleiter. Herrman plans to eventually employ at least a few other individuals. For now though, it’s just about establishing the business and relationships with patients. Down the road everything else, he hopes, will fall into place.

“I want people to know they have a choice for physical therapy,” Herrman said. “When patients come here, they will see me every time and it will be a positive experience.”