Elite Physical Therapy expands to Lincoln

Elite Physical Therapy expands to Lincoln

Elite Physical Therapy staff includes, from left, physical therapist Ryan Toher; Melissa Petrarca, vice president of marketing and public relations; physical therapist Michael Letourneau; Jacqueline Betz, front office administrator; co-owner and physical therapist Jason Harvey; and co-owner and physical therapist Michael Nula.

LINCOLN - A new clinic in Albion Commons is lucky number seven for Elite Physical Therapy, which has expanded across the state since first opening its doors in Warwick in 2002.

Complete with private exam rooms and an open gym space, it joins a fleet of clinics in Warwick, Providence, Coventry, East Greenwich, Cranston and North Smithfield that have helped nearly 16,000 different clients in 12 years, said owner and licensed physical therapist Michael Nula of Newport.

Nula owns the business, on George Washington Highway just west of Lincoln Mall, along with Blackstone, Mass. native Jason Harvey, who became a partner last year after working at Elite as a physical therapist since the company's start.

Nula holds a master's of physical therapy from University of Rhode Island and a doctorate of physical therapy from Temple University. Harvey earned his master's of physical therapy from Northeastern University.

They are joined by on-site licensed physical therapists Ryan Toher, who has a doctorate of physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and certification in dry needling, and Michael Letourneau, who has a master's of physical therapy from American International College. A third physical therapist will join this spring, and Nula said the goal is to eventually have four or five on staff.

The more licensed therapists, the better for Elite, where each patient receives one-on-one service from a therapist who is assigned to them for as long as they remain clients. There are no technicians or aides on staff, so each patient works exclusively with a licensed physical therapist.

Nula called that practice a "major distinguishing factor about our group," and "not the norm in the industry."

"It's a hands-on approach," Harvey said. "We cater to their needs."

Each physical therapist takes care to follow three steps, Nula said: providing pain relief; restoring an injured area to normal and safe functioning; and advocating injury prevention and self-help to decrease the likelihood of other injuries.

"We want people to be active," Nula said. "We want to keep people moving."

Back and neck pain are the most common problems, Toher said, so a focus on education is important to the same snow shoveling strain, for example, is not repeated and clients can maintain their independence.

Elite takes pride in its results, Nula said, which have been at least a 92 percent success rate for the past five years, with a 94 percent record this past year.

He said those statistics are important, "especially in today's busy, confusing health care environment and economic climate."

Harvey pointed out that Elite accepts more than 100 insurance plans, and clients can make appointments themselves or through a doctor.

Nula advised that if any pain persists for one week, it is time to talk to a doctor about physical therapy.

"Muscle, bone, joint, if it hurts, come see us," he said.

Elite Physical Therapy is open Monday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are planned to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. once more therapists are hired, Nula said.

Call 401-475-6599 or visit www.elitephysicaltherapy.com for more information.