Advanced Physical Therapy is moving its east Wichita location, which also serves as its company headquarters.
Owner David Todd will move Advanced’s clinic at 5119 E. Kellogg, east of Oliver, to a larger space he has leased at 4415 E. Central, west of Oliver.
Todd plans to open the new 2,000-square-foot clinic in January. He says the reason for the move is simple.
“We needed more space and more parking,” Todd says.
He says he plans to add another therapist to the new location next year. For now, the existing staff will relocate.
Todd, a Wichita State University graduate, started Advanced Physical Therapy in 2004 in the East Kellogg location and has since expanded to include 14 locations in Kansas and Missouri, including three in Wichita and one each in Haysville and Newton.
Advanced is opening its East Central clinic in a 4,100-square-foot building that King’s Treatment Center, a substance abuse recovery facility, occupied before moving to 830 S. Hillside.
Kelly, the leasing agent, says because Advanced Physical Therapy is leasing just half the building, the hope is to lease the remaining space to another health care practitioner to establish a referral network.
“It would be something where you would have a physician who would refer patients to Advanced Physical Therapy,” Kelly says.
He says several medical providers have expressed interest in locating in the other half of the building, but nothing has been finalized yet.
Activity in the health care industry has been one of the bright spots of commercial real estate, brokers say.
Kelly says much of the activity centers on practices moving to new locations or medical providers starting their own practice.
“It’s just a lot of people moving around,” Kelly says. “A lot of people are focusing on their own practices.”
For Advanced Physical Therapy, the move was a chance to serve more patients and add services, Todd says.
Advanced also works with Wichita State students on job-shadowing programs.
Advanced does pre-employment screenings and has started providing more physical therapy for home health care providers.
Todd says many of advanced’s patients come in for treatment before or after a surgery, and lower back problems are the most common ailment he sees.
Other physical therapists are seeing an increased patient load as well.
Pam Palmer, owner of Palmer Physical Therapy for Women, says her business is seeing a greater volume of patients, but the number of visits per patient has decreased because of the associated out-of-pocket expenses.
She says volume increases are tempered by reductions in reimbursements on the provider side, which makes budgeting more challenging.
Still, she says, people need services, and providers have to do what they can to take care of their patients.
“There are people out there who need the service,” Palmer says.
Moving to: 4415 E. Central, Wichita, Kan. 67208.
Square footage: 2,000.
Targeted opening: January 2012.
Other area locations: Three in Wichita and one each in Haysville and Newton.