Professional Therapy Associates Conducts Market Research - Heeds Public’s Responses

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Professional Therapy Associates, Montana’s go-to physical therapy clinic, recently used a third-party market research study to find out what the public wants and needs from the PT industry

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I want to ensure that everyone knows that we do, more than just recovery—such as injury prevention, health and wellness evaluation, with long-term programs to fit an individual’s needs and goals

Professional Therapy Associates (PTA)’s CEO, Blaine Stimac, has been speaking out on the upcoming changes the physical therapy industry may face due to the Affordable Care Act, and will embrace and be prepared if those changes should occur. In efforts to open 10 more clinics in Montana by the year 2020, Stimac turned to the general public to find out what is needed and wanted regarding PT services, information provided on the industry, and what they want to get from a Montana physical therapy clinic.

PTA has been implementing methods to ensure a high quality of care for their patients for many years, and recently outsourced a lengthy market research study to see what the public (potential patients) wants and needs to know regarding the services offered, physical therapists, and even how they prefer to receive this information.

From the Montana general public, survey results revealed that:

  • 45% wanted to learn more about the PT profession and what they do;
  • 97% wanted to see real testimonials from past patients; and
  • 28% thought that physical therapists help people recover.

“By understanding what people need to be informed about, it will help us to develop future programs and see what can be improved in both our current and future facilities,” commented Stimac. “I want to ensure that everyone knows that we do, more than just recovery—such as injury prevention, health and wellness evaluation, with long-term programs to fit an individual’s needs and goals.”

PTA has already made significant changes to provide the community with valuable information. Each Wednesday, PTA hosts “Fireside Chats,” located in the lobby of The WAVE Fitness Center. These chats cover different health and fitness issues, and are free to the public. Additionally, Stimac has been speaking out on a national level to inform people of the upcoming changes they may see with regard to healthcare and physical therapy. To listen to his interview on PT Talker, visit

Flathead Valley residents who wish to explore the benefits of physical therapy may take advantage of free consultations provided by Professional Therapy Associates. These free health and injury screenings, valued at $100, are offered to all local residents who are experiencing discomfort in their joints, limited range of motion, muscle weakness, lack of balance or other musculoskeletal conditions. Screenings are performed by licensed physical therapists, who will also answer questions about health issues, pain, and treatment. Interested individuals may schedule a free health and injury screening by registering online at

Learn more about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates by visiting

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac

Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave), and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, and therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit

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