Those are just a few of the reasons for recent celebration at Lepre Physical Therapy. Last week, the clinic hosted an after hours business event in conjunction with the East Bay Chamber of Commerce that doubled as an open house to showcase its new facility on County Road. LPT had previously been housed inside a medical center on Maple Avenue before making its move last spring.
It took about two months to renovate the facility from a toy store to a full service rehabilitation clinic though practitioner Steven Lepre said the atmosphere among staff members is indicative of the space’s previous tenant.
“The playfulness has continued,” he said.
Those on hand for last week’s event included chamber officials along with a number of LPT staff members. One physical therapist even made a trip from the company’s East Greenwich office with her newborn baby in tow. The night kicked off with a ribbon cutting to honor the new facility, which opens as the company celebrates 20 years in Barrington and 35 years in business.
Mr. Lepre said a big advantage to the spot is its visibility. Not long after opening, he said a couple of walk-in patients stopped by, neither of whom was aware LPT had operated a Barrington office since the early 1990s. Mr. Lepre also said the Route 114 front has helped bolster referrals.
Physical therapist Marann McCann, meanwhile, praised the location’s convenience and accessibility.
“We like to take care of our friends and neighbors,” she said.
Mr. Lepre said the clinic does a little bit of everything from orthopedics to neurosurgical cases. Patients, Mr. Lepre said, range from children up through senior citizens. Mr. Lepre also said the organization has moved towards an emphasis on overall health as well, caring for patients after rehabilitation has wrapped up.
“We’re actually trying to create health as a lifestyle for people,” Mr. Lepre said.
“We’re not just involved in treating a specific joint or ailment, we’re trying to treat the whole person to impact their health in a very positive way … If we’re truly interested in patient outcomes, I think we have to go beyond the traditional physical therapy model and get into prevention and wellness.”
In North Providence, for example, is the Lepre Wellness Center, which offers personal training and weight management programs, among others.
In Barrington, LPT is keeping up with new services such as massage therapy. The site also offers kinesio taping, an emerging practice that saw plenty of coverage during the recent Olympics.
For more on Lepre Physical Therapy, visit www.leprept.com.