NORTH CREEK - If you ask people where the nearest outpatient physical therapy facility is, chances are you will be directed toward Warrensburg or even Glens Falls.
But the staff of the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's Outpatient Physical Therapy Facility would like to change that perception.
After 25 years of continuous service to the region, they remain one of the center's "best kept secrets," in spite of their success.
"We want to let people know that there is a clinic right in North Creek and they don't have to drive all the way down to Warrensburg or Glens Falls," said Mandy Savarie, physical therapist assistant (PTA). "We have a well-equipped facility right here in the North Country."
Patients from areas throughout the tri-county region, including distant points such as Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, and Speculator, regularly take advantage of the facility's extensive resources and expertly trained staff.
The facility is equipped to treat patients ranging from adolescents to seniors across a wide range of physical ailments.
Savarie has been a PTA in North Creek for the last two years and looks forward to helping expand the program.
Together with Diana Dymond-Burns, physical therapist (PT), and Karen Ash, PT, the trio occasionally relies on the expertise of the facility's two inpatient therapists, Sarah Dean, DPT, and Christy Yaddow, PTA.
"We care for people with many different diagnosis from arthritic diseases to sports or work injuries, back ailments, post-surgical rehabilitation, and much more," Savarie noted.
Patients can arrange a visit through their primary care physician just like any other referral process.
New patients receive an initial evaluation by a physical therapist who will work with the patient to create an extensive rehabilitation program. From there, a basic course of care will be established and followed. The PTA's are responsible for administering the program and making adjustments as required.