Each year SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties recognizes owners and entrepreneurs that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation, and achievement in support of our local economy and small business community.
This year, congratulations went to the five 2022 Small Business Achievement Award winners honored June 16 at a celebratory luncheon at the Concord Country Club.
Meet an award winner: Dr. Scott Dickenson, Inventor and Founder of NecksLevel
NecksLevel was developed to streamline neck rehabilitation with a portable, versatile device delivering a singular treatment approach to physical therapy clinics and athletic trainers.
Sometimes all we need is a new perspective or a new set of eyes to discover an important problem to be solved. Scott Dickenson, an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist three years out of the University of Southern California Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, has found a solution to a problem as the inventor and owner of a startup focused on neck rehabilitation and strength training.
Scott had personal experience with this field when he was injured in high school and required physical therapy. He was inspired by the interpersonal relationships that therapists can achieve with their individual clients.
Soon after he started his first clinical experience as a physical therapy student, Scott was quick to observe that neck rehabilitation was quite basic and limited while good quality, well-designed equipment was available for other body regions.
“Once I started treating physical therapy patients, it became obvious there was a scarcity of neck exercises to get my patients better,” Scott tells us. He watched them performing dull motions, including chin tucks and routine exercises using commodity household and gym items such as towels, small balls, resistance bands and pillows. Scott was convinced, “As physical therapists, [we] could do better for our patients.”
In his eyes, it was time for something new, something physical therapists would be proud to offer and use.
SCORE Mentor, Kent McCune, provided guidance on practical business considerations such as target market analysis and focus areas for a startup business. He also brought together a team of SCORE Subject Matter Experts to help Scott with business planning, marketing, the patent application process, engineering and technical support.
…Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Patient users describe their experience with NecksLevel as ‘magic,’ ‘easiest PT ever’ and ‘game-changing’! One customer, a doctor of physical therapy, says it best: “NecksLevel is ingenious. It is a versatile device that incorporates neuromuscular training, mobility, and strengthening.”
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, we have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs nationwide. SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties has been operating since 1985, with 100 dedicated volunteers today who provide confidential mentoring at no charge and offer business seminars, workshops and webinars to benefit the local community.
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Here’s a video highlighting Dr. Scott Dickerson and NecksLevel.