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New physical therapy clinic to open

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HARTINGTON — Back to work, to play, to living.

That’s the philosophy Mark Spier, MSPT, owner of Spier Phyiscal Therapy, applies each day.

And that’s what he is bringing with the services now available in Hartington.

“We’re looking forward to getting up there and meeting our patients and helping them in a variety of ways,” Spier said. 

Spier is now taking patients at its shared location with First Chiropractic, 201 N. Broadway.

The first day for their practice is scheduled for Sept. 3, and will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Spier will see patients Monday, while Jake Reifenrath will be their Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“I didn’t want to be on top of each other,” Spier said of the shared space. “This just worked out well with our hours, and with Jake’s (Reifenrath) schedule.”

For some, Reifenrath’s name may sound familiar. He is an area native, graduating from Cedar Catholic in 2010. Reifenrath (PT, DPT) is also a Concordia University and University of Nebraska Medical Center graduate.

“A lot of physicians there said you would be a lot better to get Jake up here. So I said ‘Jake, would you be willing to go out there?’ And he said ‘yeah, yeah I can do that,’” Spier said.

Spier himself has been a therapist for 28 years, spending time in practices across the country. He started his current clinic in 2001 and their new Norfolk home in 2010. They have practices in Stanton, Neligh. When they were approached about the Hartington location, Spier was surprised at the opportunity. 

“We just assumed something was up here,” Spier said. “But a lot of people go out of town, we have patients that go here (Norfolk) from Hartington, or Yankton, even Omaha. There’s that need for high-level care for athletes and our patients.”

Those plans, Spier said, include something fairly unique to the therapy world, having seen it used in chiropractics before.

“We use a plan of care. It lists three problems they have  … the next three things are interventions to address those problems. The next part basically says we will see you this many times, for this many weeks,” he described. Also included is any work outside of the practice and for any over the counter medications directed to take. It sets the expectations and removes the vagueness after leaving a session, Spier said.

“They know what their problems are, and they know how we’re addressing those, and they know what they have to do,” he said. “They are much more appreciative because they know what to expect.”

Most patients will require a doctor’s referral to receive services through insurance, Spier said, but that anyone can seek treatment.