PROMOTION — Julie Wittum, standing center with her husband, Tim, cuts the ceremo- nial ribbon held by the Independence Chamber of Commerce members Thursday eve- ning at ProMotion Physical Therapy, a new business aimed at providing health care
services to Independence. Kassie Sanderson | Staff Photo
PROMOTION — Julie Wittum, standing center with her husband, Tim, cuts the ceremo- nial ribbon held by the Independence Chamber of Commerce members Thursday eve- ning at ProMotion Physical Therapy, a new business aimed at providing health care services to Independence. Kassie Sanderson | Staff Photo
The Independence Chamber of Commerce eagerly welcomed a new business to the city, ProMotion Physical Therapy, on Thursday with an official ribbon cutting as the health care center, located at 2125 B on N. Penn Ave, on the north end of the Social Security building in a separate office, hosted an open house for potential patients. With the closure of Mercy Hospital, residents won’t have to go far at all now for physical therapy as Julie Wittum, a physical therapist, and her husband, Tim, hope to fill one of the gaps in available health care services within the city. “We love Independence and we’re very excited to be here,” Julie said, while conducting tours of the office. “I am a physical therapist and Tim, my husband, will be handling all the books as he’s our business manager.” The Wittum’s, while currently from Neodesha, view Independence as their second home, with Tim originally graduating from the local high school. “We may move up here soon - it’d help with the drive as we also manage a private physical therapy practice in Cherryvale. I’ll be taking turns working there, but I have assistants as well who will be helping us maintain our Cherryvale practice,” Julie added. Chamber of Commerce members congratulated the Wittum’s on opening the practice in Independence, as well as their dedication to serving not just the city, but the county as well by offering specialized services. Assisting Julie with patients will be physical therapist assistants Trevor Austin and Belle Dickens. “Friday is our first day to open officially and I already have my first patient scheduled,” she in- formed everyone attending the ceremony. “We, as a community, definitely want to welcome you to Independence,” said Chamber of Commerce president, Lisa Wilson, who presented a plaque to Julie and Tim for establishing the practice. “Our goal is to help encourage people to come and receive physical therapy from you, but also to keep the community informed on health care options within Independence.” The Wittum’s say that the push to open a practice in Independence stems from Mercy Hospital closing, and by word of mouth, they heard stories of people having to drive out of town to receive specialized services, even physical therapy. “People have told us that they are very appreciative of us opening practices in Cherryvale and here in Independence,” Julie said with a smile. “That feels good to know that we can have a presence here and help fill a space for those that might be in pain, or need therapy.” Julie, along with Trevor and Belle, are looking to assist patients who may be experiencing localized pain, general weakness, or those that might wake up dizzy, along with other ailments. “Physical therapy is so more than just receiving treatment after a hip or knee replacement surgery,” Dickens said. “There are a lot more to it besides surgery and injuries.” Austin specializes in “rock tape,” a unique medical tape that can reduce pain and swelling. “They call it ‘miracle tape,’ it helps so well that after the first treatment. Trevor is very good at applying it,” Julie added. “People are amazed at the results they get from physical therapy overall,” Tim included. One aspect of physical therapy, Julie noted, was that patients do not have to be referred by a doctor - contrary to what many people may think. “It’s a recent change in Kansas, but so long as patients have commercial insurance, they don’t have to have treatment ordered,” Julie said. “If they have Medicare, they will need to have a doctor sign off on the order, but in most cases, we work with the insurance companies on payment plans if those are needed.” To schedule an appointment, or for more information on the services that ProMotion can provide, contact them at (620) 305-8099, or visit them at their practice.