When Cindy Kamphaus opened the doors of her new clinic, Physiotherapy Associates of Rim Country in January, she brought area residents the latest in physical therapy equipment.
Kamphaus previously operated Solopro Physical Therapy.
"The costs involved made it more practical to align with a national group," she said.
She began her search for a national partner in early 2004 and interviewed with three firms interested in expanding into communities where there were established physical therapists.
"Physiotherapy Associates was the most dynamic and was ready to make the bigger commitment," Kamphaus said. "They believed in me and the patients enough to do this."
With the national firm as her partner, Kamphaus leased 2,800 square feet of space in the new building at 127 E. Main St. The clinic is furnished with more than $100,000 of new, state-of-the-art therapy equipment, including a hot tub for aquatic therapy.
"I'm a manual therapist," Kamphaus said, "meaning, I do a lot of hands-on work."
But much of her new equipment is computerized. That fact has presented one of the few wrinkles in her new venture.
"I know what it is supposed to do and how it is supposed to work, it's just getting the computer turned on that sometimes gives me pause," she said with a laugh.
Kamphaus has been a physical therapist for 34 years, coming to Payson six years ago from Kansas City, Kan. She had a large practice in Kansas for 20 years, operating a 7,000 square foot clinic and employing 20 people. The clinic served residents from all over Kansas and Missouri, she said.
She built the practice by being able to handle difficult cases.
"All therapy is not the same," she said. "I'm not saying I can do everything, but if I can't help a client, I can probably give them advice about who to see for the help they need."
Working in the Rim country for the past six years, she has established a client base that has followed her to the new clinic. But new clients also have joined the fold. It has been so successful, Kamphaus is already looking for an additional physical therapy assistant. However, she has discovered the state has a shortage of assistants.
Currently she is seeing between eight and 12 people every day and each has a session of at least an hour, with some working with Kamphaus for two hours at a time.
One of her patients is Frances Mumford, 88, formerly of Pine, now of Payson.
Mumford's family and friends were worried about her having balance problems and encouraged her to see Kamphaus.
"It's fun," Mumford said of her therapy, but it is also work. Going through some of the simple, low-stress exercises gave a pink glow to her cheeks
She is already planning to expand the clinic's services. Currently the work is primarily physical therapy for orthopedic and amputee patients, as well as people who have suffered strokes or are dealing with Parkinson's disease. Eventually there also will be occupational and speech therapies available, she said.
Kamphaus invites all her former students -- the patients and clients she has had over the years -- to come see the new clinic at 127 E. Main St., Suite D. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.
For more information, call (928) 474-8006.