I have spent 15 years as a physical therapist working with many talented and inspiring therapists and mentors. These people have helped me to find my place as a caregiver and a teacher so that I may better the lives of my patients. I consider myself very fortunate to have shared in the recovery of so many people over the years. Now, as the owner of a physical therapy clinic, I have the opportunity to shape how care is delivered on a larger scale. This is why I am so proud of the exceptional team that we have established at Integral Physical Therapy. This is by far the most talented, passionate and caring group with whom I have ever worked. Every day I am overwhelmed with pride of the great care and compassion that they show toward our patients.
Integral Physical Therapy was founded in June of 2016 when we opened our first office in Firestone, Colorado. Our original goal was to expand access to exceptional physical therapy services in a community with limited access to care. Most residents of Carbon Valley had to drive at least 10 miles to receive physical therapy and many providers did not accept their insurance. Specifically, we knew that over 20% of Coloradans relied on Medicaid (Health First Colorado) but the only local provider in Longmont had a 4-week waiting list. We believed that this limited access to care was unjust and was determined to give our whole community an opportunity to seek wellness.
In a healthcare system where money drives how care is delivered, we believe that our patients come first. Our mission is to provide the highest quality, evidence-based physical therapy available while putting our patients and staff before profit. Our therapists have sought out advanced training and several have board certifications and fellowship designations that are achieved by only 1-2% of physical therapists. Unlike many of our competitors, all of our care is provided one-on-one by professionals. We do not rely on technicians to deliver treatment.
Our commitment to excellence has certainly resonated within our communities. Local residents have welcomed us and supported our growth while over 450 different healthcare providers have referred their patients to us. In just two short years, we have opened a second office in Erie, Colorado and expanded our Firestone location. Our team has grown to nine talented and compassionate individuals with a widely varied set of skills and knowledge. Our team members never cease their personal and professional growth which is evidenced by the long list of certifications that they have achieved and continue to pursue. As a company, we intend to continue expanding the scope of the services that we offer so that we may better serve our community.
We are so incredibly grateful to all of the local residents and healthcare providers who have supported us during our first two years. We look forward to continuing to serve our community by providing evidence-based healthcare and wellness services aimed at reducing pain, improving function, preventing injury and saving money.