Storm Lakers suffering from injuries and pains need no longer worry about who to go to or how to cope. The physical and occupational therapists at Integrity Physical Therapy are open for business and ready to help.
Located in the strip mall next to the Super Wal-Mart, Integrity opened its doors for business on June 13 and has had a gradually growing clientele since.
"Everyone has been very supportive," physical therapist Staci Bartling said.
Four full-time therapists and one part-time therapist offer 44 years of combined experience in physical therapy and offer an extensive list of services to the public. These include recovery from work, orthopedic and sports injuries, postoperative rehabilitation, women's health and pediatric therapy, and more. They also offer help and preventive suggestions for those suffering from back, neck and headache pain.
"We do a lot of education here," physical therapist Marlon Gasner said.
Each physical therapist at Integrity is a "jack of all trades" but they all have areas of specific interest or expertise. Bartling specializes in pediatrics and women's health issues, including lymphedema management. Gasner specializes in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Physical therapist Kay L. Crabb specializes in vestibular rehabilitation, or treating balance disorders, including vertigo. Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Lindsay Brechwald specializes in geriatrics and hand therapy. Occupational therapist Diane Lee specializes in occupational therapy, including daily living skills needing for dressing, cleaning and working. However, all of these therapists have experience and interest in several areas of physical and occupational therapy outside of their special interests.
Each of these therapists worked previously at the Buena Vista Medical Center where they met and decided to open a clinic of their own with a focus on the "continuity of care" offered to their patients. They each wanted to be able to focus more on their own areas of interest, while offering a patient-friendly atmosphere and schedule so that a client can see one therapist from beginning to end of treatment. Being able to offer consistent care through one therapist is often appreciated by both patient and therapist.
"We try to take time with patients and see them consistently," said Gasner. "We find that patient outcomes are best achieved that way."
Most clients come to Integrity through a referral from their doctors, but walk-ins is always welcome. The staff has experience working with patients with both physical and cognitive deficits and the Storm Lake location offers handicap parking and accessibility. The clinic offers early morning and evening hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday) and its therapists are eager to work around your schedule.
"We'll work through our lunch hours," said Brechwald.
More than anything, the staff at Integrity are excited and proud to be a part of something that improves the lives of their patients.
"Being able to take a patient from a spot of being in a lot of pain and discomfort to a spot where they can get back to a normal lifestyle is the best part," said Gasner, PT.
However, the staff also emphasizes their focus on ultimately delivering their patients to an independent life as well. They encourage their patients to take an active role in their therapy so that they don't depend on continuous sessions for an extended period.
As Gasner said, "We take a lot of pride in working with people not only injured, but in preventing future problems as well."