Teton Therapy Provides Student Clinical Affiliations—Experiences 42% Growth in 2012

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Teton Therapy, Wyoming’s go-to physical and occupational therapy clinic, offers clinical affiliations to students, which have proven to be a success for both business and patient care.

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The students have more education, more research and more ideas on how to improve the PT industry and overall patient care

As Teton Therapy, a physical, occupational and hand therapy clinic with locations in Riverton, Lander and Dubois, Wyoming prepares for 2013, the clinic will continue their professional student clinical affiliations program, which has proven to be beneficial for both business growth and maintaining a high quality of patient care.

Teton Therapy has 12 clinical affiliation contracts that cover Doctorate, Masters and Associate level Physical Therapy Programs, as well as Masters and Associate degrees for Occupational Therapy programs. In 2012, Teton had 14 students complete clinical affiliations at the clinic. Jeff McMenamy, CEO of Teton Therapy, says the clinic has seen a 62% increase in business since 2010. In addition, because of these programs, Teton is on track to grow by 42% this year (2012). Not only do the students come in with fresh energy and new ideas, they create a learning environment with enthusiasm that the patients and staff enjoy.

Teton believes that having students work inside the clinic enhances the overall quality of care due to the following factors:

  • Superior new hires:

oBy assessing the students and watching them work every day, McMenamy can get to know their work, knowledge and skill set, without hiring based off resumes alone.

  • Higher education:

oMost students graduate college with their masters or doctorate degree.

  • Financially a better solution:

oTo mitigate the harmful consequences of the Affordable Care Act and declining reimbursements, Teton discovered that it is more advantageous to spend less money on new graduates’ salaries (who come with new energy and fresh ideas), than spending more on experienced therapists, thereby focus spending more on new technology, patient care and medical equipment.

“We have had tremendous success with the programs, and the patients seem to enjoy having them around,” McMenamy said. “The students have more education, more research and more ideas on how to improve the PT industry and overall patient care.”

The programs that Teton Therapy offers foster the students towards the goal of being truly professional physical or occupational therapists.

In 2010, McMenamy was awarded the Outstanding Field Work Educator Award from the University of North Dakota. McMenamy’s program ensures that students have time outside of the office, as well as an exceptional in office experience. Teton provides students with affordable housing, a health club membership, a mountain bike, weekend getaways in the mountains, and other activities depending on the student’s interest.

Teton Therapy is a privately-owned physical and occupational therapy outpatient clinic with services and treatment modalities comprising orthopedic, chronic pain, neurological disorders, industrial rehab, hand therapy, pediatric, kinesiotape (therapeutic elastic tape), balance, dizziness, lymphedema and orthotic treatments.

For more information or to get a free screening, visit http://www.tetontherapypc.com.

About Teton Therapy

Teton Therapy is a privately-owned physical and occupational therapy outpatient clinic owned by Jeff McMenamy, OTR, and Margi Zeiss-Raney, PT, which brings over 75 years of combined experience in physical and occupational therapy services to Fremont County, Wyoming. Teton Therapy first opened its doors in a small office in 2001 with three therapists. Through excellent patient care and developed relationships, Teton Therapy outgrew this facility and purchased a 5,700 square foot building, opening its new location in September of 2008. Teton Therapy has continued to grow over the years; in 2010, they opened a clinic in Dubois; and more recently, they opened their doors in Lander in January of 2012. They now have a combined staff of 20 employees. Services include physical, occupational and hand therapy treatment. For more information, visit http://www.tetontherapypc.com.

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