University Therapists Gets New Space on Campus

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Ann Coleman works with D. McLendon in the bright new University Therapists location on campus.
Ann Coleman, PT, DPT, MSSW, right, works with D. McLendon in the new University Therapists space on campus.

Physical therapy is all about moving toward a better quality of life.

University Therapists, an outpatient rehabilitation clinic operated by faculty members of the Department of Physical Therapy at UTHSC, has new space on campus to help clients on that journey.

The practice, which is more than 30 years old, recently moved into renovated space in Suite 415 of the 920 Madison Building. Larger than its former location on the Concourse Level of the 930 Madison Building, the new area has large windows, an open floor plan so equipment is more accessible, and is better suited for the practice that had approximately 600 to 800 client visits last year.

“Physical therapists are movement experts,” said Carol Counts Likens, PT, PhD, associate professor and chair of the department. “The light and additional space are energizing. Where we were before was dark, in the basement, and crowded.”

The space has four treatment booths, one of which is enclosed; a bathroom that meets ADA standards; a laundry room; storage areas and more. The move was necessary to allow for expansion of the department’s Motion Analysis Laboratory in the previous space.

University Therapists offers physical therapy to clients who have musculoskeletal disorders, orthopedic problems, mobility issues, neurological disorders or other conditions that result in challenges with functional abilities. The services are available to UTHSC students, faculty, staff and members of the community referred from area agencies and physicians.

The space is getting great reviews, not just from the therapists who provide the services, but from clients, Dr. Likens said. “They like it.”