Cel­e­brat­ing two years in Goderich

Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance con­tin­ues to grow af­ter two years of busi­ness in town

The Goderich Signal-Star - - New - KATHLEEN SMITH

Cel­e­brat­ing two years in busi­ness in Goderich, Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance opened in Nov. 2016 and con­tin­ues to grow. Co-owner Dagny KaneHaas started with three mem­bers of staff and over the course of two years the busi­ness has ex­panded and grown its clien­tele list.

“We wanted to open a clinic that would pro­vide a good ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and bring in some young pro­fes­sion­als who will be here for a while, to serve the com­mu­nity,” Kane-Haas says.

In close prox­im­ity to both the Fam­ily Health Cen­tre and AMGH, clients have pro­vided feed­back to Kane-Haas that the build­ing is rather ac­ces­si­ble and sit­u­ated in a ben­e­fi­cial lo­ca­tion. Cur­rently the of­fice is home to the prac­tice of three phys­io­ther­a­pists (PTs), and two phys­io­ther­apy as­sis­tants (PTAs) of­fer­ing their ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

“The nice thing is that the girls who work here are phys­io­ther­apy as­sis­tants, so they have gone to school to be as­sis­tants. They know how to work all the ma­chines, they know how to do ex­er­cises in the gym,” says Kane-Haas.

“They are a real as­set to the team. I couldn’t sur­vive with­out ei­ther one of them.” Ac­cord­ing to Kane-Haas, there are enough clients be­ing re­ferred to the of­fice that she has had to bring more qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als on board.

In ad­di­tion, Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance of­ten of­fers place­ments for phys­io­ther­apy stu­dents from Western Univer­sity. “Phys­io­ther­apy (PT) stu­dents, when they do their place­ments, can come in here and do a six-week place­ment,” ex­plains Kane-Haas. “We have also had PTA stu­dents come and do their place­ments here as well.” Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance also of­fers high school co-op place­ments. Last year they had five young stu­dents spend a se­mes­ter in the of­fice learn­ing about PT and PTA. “For young peo­ple to be around health care pro­fes­sion­als, it’s fab­u­lous to build from there,” ad­mits Kane-Haas. The stu­dents cir­cu­lated through the three build­ings dur­ing their se­mes­ter, so every two weeks the of­fice had a new stu­dent come through who was test­ing out dif­fer­ent as­pects of health care. Well-con­nected to the med­i­cal com­mu­nity in Goderich, Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance re­ceives re­fer­rals from the Mait­land Val­ley Fam­ily Health Team and from AMGH. Ac­cord­ing to Kane-Haas, not all clients are re­fer­rals, as many are walk-ins, de­pen­dent on their in­sur­ance cov­er­age. Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance also of­fers ser­vice for orthopaedic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, con­cus­sion re­hab and vestibu­lar re­hab. In ad­di­tion, the prac­tice also of­fers deep needling and acupunc­ture for clients. Pelvic floor ther­apy is an­other needed prac­tice for pre and post-natal clients or for blad­der dys­func­tion in both male and fe­male clients. This is an­other spe­cialty to add to the list that will be of­fered to clients in the near fu­ture.

Af­ter two years of ex­pand­ing their busi­ness and their rep­u­ta­tion in the health care com­mu­nity of Goderich, Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance plans to build a ser­vice that will be around for a while.

“I should say thanks for the sup­port. The com­mu­nity has been re­ally sup­port­ive. Our clien­tele has been re­ally fan­tas­tic and the med­i­cal com­mu­nity has been re­ally sup­port­ive,” adds Kane-Haas. “So we would like to thank them.” For in­quiries on Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance, visit http:// phys­io­ther­a­pyal­liance.com or visit Face­book @Phys­io­ther­a­pyAl­lianceGoderich.

The of­fice lo­cated at 181 Cam­bria Road N. is open Mon. to Fri. from 8am un­til 7pm.

(Front row, L-R): Alanna Roy (Phys­io­ther­a­pist Res­i­dent), Drew Rein­hardt (UWO Phys­io­ther­a­pist Stu­dent), Alex Ladd (Phys­io­ther­a­pist As­sis­tant). (Back row, L-R): Dagny Kane-Haas (Phys­io­ther­a­pist), Aleisha Wien­dels (Phys­io­ther­a­pist As­sis­tant), Me­layna Sager (Phys­io­ther­a­pist)

The staff at Phys­io­ther­apy Al­liance is cel­e­brat­ing two years of a grow­ing busi­ness within the health com­mu­nity in Goderich.KATHLEEN SMITH/GODERICHSIG­NAL STAR

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