West Park Rehab, under the direction of Edward St. Clair, DPT has entered its 17th year of business in Franklin. The practice is located at 571 Pone Lane in Sandy Creek Township. In May of this year, the practice expanded and opened a second location in the Seneca Commons on Rt 257. The physical therapy practice provides services for physical rehabilitation, sports injuries, aquatics, geriatrics, ergonomic/work rehab, pre-employment screenings, functional capacity exams, personal training, wellness and preventative health retail services. The practice now employs over 20 individuals. An overview of the staff, facility and services can be viewed at www.westparkrehab.com.
At West Park Rehab, the therapists have been aligned into therapeutic focus teams. Each physical therapist and a licensed assistant, focus on a particular region of the body. Edward St. Clair, PT, DPT and Melissa Crocker, PTA, treat primarily the upper limb to include the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Edward St. Clair is a board certified hand specialist. He has lectured on hand therapy at the Pennsylvania annual conference. Jessica Collins, PT, DPT and Lisa Cassagne, PTA focuses on the spine. Jessica Collins has completed extensive coursework in one of the most effective forms of non-surgical back treatment called the McKenzie Method. Treatment of the lower extremity is led by Beth Carr, PT, DPT and Caitlin Masterson, PTA. This team focuses on the hip, knee and ankle. Kelly Hines, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist who now heads the pediatric program at the Franklin location. There was internal renovation at the Pone Lane office to build a private pediatric treatment room. The aquatic therapy program is overseen by James Sheffler, PTA. The practice also hired Robin Wise, PTA for part time coverage of both clinic locations. Currently, West Park Rehab is interviewing for another physical therapist for the Seneca location and plans to have this position filled by the printing of this article.
All of the physical therapists employed by West Park Rehab hold an advanced license and are qualified to provide Direct Access physical therapy. Direct Access physical therapy simply means that a patient can go directly to their physical therapist without the need for referral. Direct Access physical therapists have met state requirements as primary diagnosticians for musculoskeletal injury and impairment.
The practice performs pre-employment physical screenings for over a dozen employers in Venango County. These tests assess the readiness of a potential employee to meet the physical demands of a specific occupation. In addition, St.Clair also performs (FCEs) Functional Capacity Evaluations that thoroughly assess the physical and functional capability of a person to return to work following an injury or in support of disability benefits. Finally, St.Clair has performed on the job work site assessments and has been sought after as an ergonomic consultant.