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Jan Chamberlain, of First Physical Therapy sits in the Easy Chair in the reception area at her office below one of her paintings. 
Grace White/The Westerly Sun Jan Chamberlain, of First Physical Therapy sits in the Easy Chair in the reception area at her office below one of her paintings. 
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THE EASY CHAIR with ... Jan Evans Chamberlain


AGE 51.

OCCUPATION Physical therapist, small business owner.

RESIDENCE Stonington.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Pruning my garden, painting a picture in the abstract style and enjoying summer.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Michigan.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Painting, gardening, cooking and reading.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Graduating from college — twice.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED For helping people “get their life back.”

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST Tour the Napa Valley Wine Country.

TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Less than one minute.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET My memories.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP An Olympian and a health care professional.

PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My father.

FAVORITE AUTHOR Alex Prud’homme, author of, “Julia Child, My Life in France.”

I AM READING Several different books, research articles in Physical Therapy journals.

I AM LISTENING TO NPR.

FAVORITE MOVIE “Les Miserables.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW Anything on HGTV.

FAVORITE PETS My golden retriever Chelsea, black lab Hannah and cat Tiffany.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Integrity.

FAVORITE FOOD Italian.

PET PEEVE Being late.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “It always seems impossible, until it’s done,” — Nelson Mandela and “Keep calm and carry on. Intelligence will never stop being beautiful.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD How supportive we are of one another and the fact that we are such a physically active community.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My husband, Rob, and my son, Tripp.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I was asked to go pro as a hill-climbing cyclist.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED Never give up. Work like you own the company. Be humble.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Be on time! Be ready and willing to work. Give to your organization and give back to your community.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Equalize women’s rights.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Give to the American Red Cross.

I DRIVE My husband’s blue Mercedes CLK 320.

I WISH I DROVE A Bentley.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Pellegrino water.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Australian racing driver Mark Webber and Sidney Poitier.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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