Ben Gold (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2004) leaves no dream unpursued. He is now the owner of HPT NYC, a successful physical therapy practice in the city of his dreams.
What led you to study at the University of Melbourne?
I originally studied a Bachelor of Science/Arts at the University of Melbourne and was seduced by the history of the campus, as well as its location in the heart of Carlton and close to the city.
What are your strongest memories of your time at the University of Melbourne?
Eating minestrone soup at Tiamo on Lygon st… and of course South Lawn.
What goals did you set yourself when you finished University and have you stuck to that plan?
I was studying my Science/Arts degree but I knew I wanted to study Physiotherapy so I enrolled in Physiology and Anatomy and studied my behind off. I was eventually accepted into Physiotherapy and chose to finish off my Science degree at the same time.
During my studies I dreamt of living in New York City (NYC). A friend and I organised to do an exchange at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and then return home via NYC. After that trip, I knew I had to follow my dream. I graduated from the University of Melbourne and three years later I moved to NYC. My dedication to fulfilling that dream has led to my establishment of a business there - HPT NYC, which is a boutique home physical therapy service.
What/who motivated you at University?
I strive to always do the best I can, sometimes to my detriment. For example, I feel the need to finish a book, even if it is terrible...
Failure is not an option for me, so I guess I have a natural, sometimes unhealthy, obsession to succeed.
What motivates you now?
I am primarily motivated by helping patients in need. I love what I do. I get so much joy from imparting knowledge to patients to make their life easier in some meaningful way. For example, if a patient cannot walk up steps, or walk 100 metres, being assisted to do so could make a huge difference to their quality of life and therefore their happiness. At the same time, it motivates me to hear a patient’s life story. No two patients are the same, and I feel I am constantly learning from my patients.
I’d also like to add that I am highly motivated in life by my wife and children. They keep me going on a daily basis.
What advice do you have for current students?
If you want it, go after it. Tell yourself that doing something else is not an option. Also, read as much as you can.
Why do you do what you do?
I feel the need to help people through emotionally and physically painful times, and to impart some knowledge that may help them.
What are some of the highlights of your career so far?
The places my job has taken me, including NYC, and the many unique experiences I have had through my work. I learn more from the patients I have treated than they have from me.
What are you passionate about?
Extremely good sushi and sashimi.
What could you always use more of?
Time with family and friends.
What do people thank you for most often?
For helping to alleviate their pain.