Chautauqua PT, OT Opens New Location
Physical and occupational therapy can often get a bad rap when laced with images of painful stretches and rehabilitation exercises.
But for most patients — in fact, the vast majority of patients — the results of “PT and OT” are proving a worthwhile reward.
Not only is such therapy a catalyst for a healthier, more independent lifestyle, but it also makes for a smart investment, reducing the need for costly medications, surgeries and hospital re-admissions.
Dr. Patrick Green, a physical therapy provider, and his wife, Susan Green, a pediatric therapist, have long championed such a philosophy as co-owners of Chautauqua Physical and Occupational Therapy, located at the Riverwalk Center at 15 S. Main St. in Jamestown.
With 25 people on staff and more than 2,000 patients a month, the clinic is indeed the premier provider of physical and occupational therapy in the county — a far cry from its 1996 origins, when the Greens were the lone staff members at a Fairmount Avenue clinic.
“We started with just two patients a day,” said Dr. Patrick Green, with a laugh. “My wife and I vacuumed, cleaned the bathrooms … we did the whole thing.”
The big break, he said, arrived in 2005, when the couple became partners in a group of investors and local physicians and moved the facility to its current location at the Riverwalk Center in Brooklyn Square, a building which Green also co-owns.
Twelve years later, the Greens are looking to expand further.
“We will be opening a second clinic in Mayville sometime next month,” Green said. “I think Mayville offers a huge opportunity (to reach the north county). It’s an underserved area and I think we’ll have a full caseload there.”
Green said the new clinic will likely house two therapists, two PT assistants and maybe a part-time OT. It will be located at 99 E. Chautauqua St., next to Family Health Medical Services.
Appointments can be made starting June 26 by calling either 224-4099 or 488-2322.
For Green, the expansion to Mayville is a testament to the quality of care his staff provides and the level of trust his patients have in them.
“We have developed such a close relationship with our patients,” Green said. “In fact, most of our patients were referred by a friend (or family member) who was a former patient because they know that we’re doing things that are relatively unique.”
The Jamestown clinic houses a full gym, three private exam rooms and its newly constructed “Live Well Center” — a physical therapist-designed, evidence-based program that features the use of various implements such as exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, arm bikes, pulleys, ankle weights, medicine balls, Bosu balance balls and more.
All staff members that work with patients are licensed.
“Most people don’t understand (physical and occupational therapy),” Green said. “A lot of it is just providing structures so that people can stay healthy and fit … other times, we’re treating joint problems or back, neck and shoulder issues. We are infinitesimal compared to (what is paid for) pharmaceuticals … and yet we decrease the need for pain medications, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol medications. If you’re able to maintain a healthy body weight and exercise, all your other statistics improve.”
The Jamestown clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. In the Mayville clinic, hours will be determined by patient needs.
For more information about Chautauqua Physical and Occupational Therapy, call 488-2322. Information on the grand opening event will be posted online at www.chautauquaapt.com.