West Park Rehab, under the direction of Edward St. Clair, DPT has entered its 19th year of business in Franklin. The practice is located at 571 Pone Lane in Sandycreek Township. In May of 2016, the practice expanded and opened a second location in Seneca Commons on Rt 257. The physical therapy practice provides services for physical rehabilitations, sports injuries, aquatics, geriatrics, ergonomic/work rehab, pre-employment screening, 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 in the different sections of the website.
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, DPT and Melissa Crocker, PTA treat primarily the upper extremities 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, DPT and Lisa Cassagne, PTA focus 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 extremities is led by Beth Carr, DPT and Caitlin Masterson, PTA. This team focuses on the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Beth Carr is also a Certified Wound Care Specialist. The aquatic therapy program is overseen by James Shreffler III, PTA. Robin Wise, PTA is on hand for part time help at both clinic locations. The practice has recently hired Brandy Brady – Snavely, PTA for our Seneca office.
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 therapist without the need for referral. Direct Access physical therapists have met 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 preforms (FCEs) Functional Capacity Evaluations that thoroughly assess the physical and functional capacity 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.