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After 20 years of operating her own physical therapy business, Julie Francis this fall sold her three facilities – in Vandalia, Greenville and Shelbyville – to Phoenix Physical Therapy.
Francis, however, will stay on at the Vandalia facility as manager.
“I’m excited about being back here in my hometown, and being able to focus on direct patient care – which was the reason I got into the field in the beginning,” Francis said.
The new arrangement also removes the stress of dealing with changes in health care, she said.
“Due to changes in health care, it was beneficial to go under the umbrella of Phoenix Physical Therapy rather than maintain my independent status,” she said. “This also allows me to learn from Phoenix’s highly qualified clinicians. I can learn new skills from networking with experienced clinicians.”
Phoenix Physical Therapy, headquartered in Highland, is owned by physical therapists Brian Buescher and Kane Freeman. In addition to Francis’s former properties, the company has Illinois locations in Highland, Swansea and East Alton, and Missouri locations in South County and Maryland Heights.
In Vandalia, the staff includes Francis, Bayle Ring (physical therapist assistant) and Tammy Bowling (office manager). The services offered include outpatient physical therapy, aquatic therapy and rehabilitation programs after an injury or surgery.
The local office is located at 126 S. First St. and the telephone number is 283-1634.