November 2016, West Chester, PA. Theraplay, Inc., was founded in 1991 by physical therapist Lisa Mackell to answer a demand for quality pediatric therapy. Starting out of her home, Mackell opened Theraplay’s first outpatient center in Malvern, PA in 1996, providing physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies, as well as special instruction, early intervention and school services.
With eight outpatient centers and their ninth and tenth slated to open in December 2016 and early 2017, Theraplay has provided services for countless children and their families. Treating children from birth through age 21, therapists work one on one for an hour with each child in a play-based environment to maximize each child’s potential. Theraplay sees a wide variety of patients, from newborns to high school athletes.
To mark this milestone in their company’s history, Theraplay has been celebrating in each of their centers for staff, patients and their families, beginning in Horsham and Broomall the week of October 24 and ending the week of November 14 at their outpatient center and headquarters in West Chester. Additionally, Theraplay has been thanking the physicians who have helped them to grow. Theraplay has partnered with many area hospitals and doctors’ offices, allowing students to observe at their centers and providing educational inservices for physicians and their staff.
“I am so grateful to be working for this wonderful organization. I continue to witness the benefits of early referrals and intervention for services within Theraplay with the children we treat. I am constantly humbled by the dedication and passion of the entire staff at Theraplay. It’s so much more than a job to all of us,” says Laurie Watkin, Director of Outpatient Business Development. Samantha Gorrell, DPT, Senior Director of Outpatient Services, agrees. “It is an exciting time at Theraplay! We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of this amazing company! The staff is the best combination of empathetic and clinically excellent. They are skilled clinicians whom integrate play and functional activities into any child’s interests. We work within and with a company which has strived for 25 years to make positive impacts on families, children and the communities in which we work. I look forward to many more years of clinical growth, positive impact and fun!”
For more information on Theraplay, the services they provide, locations and contact information, please visit theraplayinc.com.
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