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Ability Physical Therapy expands its reach

PT, fitness centers allow for continuation for care

Diana Griffith of Mechanicsville winces as she works with Michael Reiling during a physical therapy session at Ability Physical Therapy in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. This is Griffith’s  second knee replacement, and Reiling has helped her recover from surgery for both procedures. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Diana Griffith of Mechanicsville winces as she works with Michael Reiling during a physical therapy session at Ability Physical Therapy in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. This is Griffith’s second knee replacement, and Reiling has helped her recover from surgery for both procedures. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
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Michael Reiling’s business can be a pain.

“Neck and back pains are probably our No. 1 diagnosis,” Reiling said. “The typical person coming in, they have pain or they have a limitation. Lack of motion’s an impairment, lack of strength, lack of function.

“Once we identify those impairments, then we try to come up with a plan of how to address those impairments.”

Reiling, of Lisbon, owns Ability Physical Therapy, whose 36 employees at four locations specialize in addressing clients’ aches and pains.

Jean Hammill started the business in 1996 as Marion Physical Therapy. Reiling, who grew up in Lisbon, joined in 2000, while doing postgraduate studies at Regis University in Denver, after earning his degree from the University of Iowa’s athletic training program.

“I was an assistant doing the research, and she was one of the participants” in a study, he said. “She was busy, so she was looking to expand her services, so I came on. I was the first physical therapist she hired.”

Reiling bought a share of the business in 2004 and became full owner in 2012. Hammill still works for what’s now Ability Physical Therapy.

“She’s now 72 years old, but she still has a passion for treating and working with people,” Reiling said.

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Reiling is the first to admit that tracing Ability’s growth can be circuitous. In 2007, he and Hammill decided to open a second location in Mount Vernon.

“The concept of doing the satellite clinic worked really well, so in 2010 we opened the Center Point office,” he recalled

Two years later Reiling launched Ability Fitness to complement the core physical therapy services.

“We were looking at the connection between physical therapy and fitness,” he said.

In 2014, Reiling bought Elite Fitness, which operated a gym and fitness center in Lisbon. Elite Fitness opened a Center Point location in 2016 and expanded the Lisbon facility last year. Elite Fitness is set to open in Marion Dec. 1.

The fourth Ability Physical Therapy location opened earlier this year in Solon.

“Last year we consolidated the (therapy center) names to be Ability Physical Therapy, and we’re consolidating the fitness under Elite Fitness,” Reiling said.

Open 24 hours and staffed by physical trainers most of the time, Reiling said Elite Fitness centers are a natural extension of Ability’s mission.

“Let’s say you have a shoulder problem, and your shoulder’s giving you trouble for a couple years and you decide to do some physical therapy,” Reiling said. “You come in for physical therapy and we get you stronger. A lot of times we’ll prescribe exercises, so you’re doing the exercises and what’s the next step?

“The fitness center allows that continuation of care. The nice thing is having those experts there, those physical trainers who can guide the people.”

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AT A GLANCE

• Owner: Michael Reiling

• Business: Ability Physical Therapy/Elite Fitness

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• Ability locations in Marion, Mount Vernon, Center Point and Solon; Elite Fitness locations in Center Point and Lisbon

• Phone: 319-373-7311

• website: chooseabilitypt.com

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