Therapy business brings balance park to Arvada

Outdoor terrain park provides real-world practice

Posted 1/8/19

Pam Bohling, orthopedic clinical specialist at Mountain States Hand and Physical Therapy, believes that from bad things sometimes good things come. With the threat of rent at the Arvada clinic …

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Therapy business brings balance park to Arvada

Outdoor terrain park provides real-world practice

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Pam Bohling, orthopedic clinical specialist at Mountain States Hand and Physical Therapy, believes that from bad things sometimes good things come.

With the threat of rent at the Arvada clinic increasing by $1,200 a month, Bohling — along with business partners Megan Brunell and Sheila Morton — decided to purchase a building and move their practice across the street to 8020 Lee Drive in Arvada.

By moving, the clinic — which specializes in hand, physical, occupational, speech and vestibular therapy — expanded by 2,000 square feet.

“It was kind of a huge blessing,” said Bohling. “When you have an intent to do something good, then good things can come out of it.”

A unique addition to the practice at the new space will be an outdoor terrain park where patients can practice balance in real-world environments.

It will have a dry creek to practice hiking over rocks, a bridge that goes up and down to practice incline and decline, a gravel pit and a sand pit.

“We don’t want it to feel medical, we want it to feel nice and warm,” Bohling said, adding that the outdoor terrain park will be the first in the area.

“The city of Arvada has done a great job of parks and outdoor space, which has attracted a more active population, but we also have an aging population — so the balance park is good for both,” Bohling said. “We will be bringing that to Arvada and that will be unique to the Denver metro area.”

It is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

One patient who is looking forward to the terrain park is Connie Morgan, 63, of Arvada.

Morgan works balance regularly at Mountain States.

“It’s OK to learn to stand on one leg or walk heel-to-toe, but that’s not a real-world experience,” Morgan said. “Having what I call a real-word experience with the balance park would be absolutely phenomenal for me. It will help my balance and me walk, no matter what I’m doing or where I am.”

Mountain States Hand and Physical Therapy was started in 2006 by Brunell and Morton, both hand and occupational therapists. Bohling came on board in 2008 to bring the orthopedic physical therapy component. The team later added neuro specialists to treat balance and vestibular issues. They also added speech therapists to the roster for a broader treatment approach. In addition to the Arvada clinic, Mountain States has clinics in Wheat Ridge and Louisville.

The new Arvada clinic also has 1,500 square feet next door, which will be rented to other healthcare professionals including a podiatrist and massage therapist.

Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle is one of the practices in that space.

“It’s always been on our radar to move into the north Denver suburbs,” said Dr. Brett Sachs, whose practice has clinics in Wheat Ridge, Evergreen and Granby. “Arvada was the next logical step given the growth Arvada has had in recent years.”

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