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Gilford Physical Therapy and Spine Center takes an independent approach to pain relief

Donna Lang-Rice, physical therapist and owner of Gilford Physical Therapy and Spine Center, in one of the treatment rooms in her practice. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
May 16, 2017
For more than a decade, Gilford Physical Therapy and Spine Center has been helping people of all ages overcome pain and do the activities they enjoy.

Located at 689 Gilford Ave., close to Gilford's schools, Gilford Physical Therapy and Spine Center is an independent physical therapy practice not affiliated with any hospital.

The center has been in Gilford for 11 years. This year, they are taking an opportunity to celebrate their decade in business.

The practice was started by physical Therapist Donna Lang-Rice. Lang-Rice has been a physical therapist for 32 years, starting as part owner of Bow Physical Therapy and Spine Center in Bow. Lang-Rice said she noticed a quarter of her caseload was coming from the Lakes Region. She also had an interest in having her own practice.

"This is where I decided there's a need for the type of therapy I did," Lang-Rice said.

She moved her practice to Gilford in January of 2006. Lang-Rice said when the practice started it was just her and an office assistant. The practice has grown and changed locations.

"If you come here, you're going to get personalized, quality care; we're going to take care of your whole person," Lang-Rice said.

Lang-Rice said they will treat much more than the original area of pain. For example if someone is having knee pain, they will see how that person is walking and see if the source is related to the ankle, back, or other issues resulting in stress to the knee.

Gilford Physical Therapy has four private treatment rooms. Lang-Rice said some physical therapy centers are a big gym with curtains sectioning out different areas.

"That's important to patients, that we have private rooms," said Billing Manager Asia Giuffrida. "Lots of PT places don't have that one-on-one with the provider."

Lang-Rice said part of therapy includes teaching people how to care for themselves, including not reinjuring themselves and how and how not to stretch.

She said therapy can give people confidence that pain doesn't have to run their lives and they can control their pain.

Gilford Physical Therapy treats a wide range of problems including a few that a lot of physical therapy centers do not treat, such as vertigo. They will meet with people of all ages, from pediatrics through geriatrics. Other services include treatment for pregnancy related back pain as well as fall prevention. They also offer sport-specific training.

"People don't often think of physical therapy until they get hurt," Lang-Rice said. "We would like people to think of us for prevention; [treat] those little pains before they become big pains."

Lang-Rice said little pains can prevent people from doing activities they love, like hiking.

She said a lot of people also don't think of getting physical therapy after a Caesarian section.

"We're quipped to help you; people need guidance with that kind of stuff," Lang-Rice said.

The center has three major providers including Lang-Rice, Mitchelle Doyon, and Jonathan Lian. All three have doctorate degrees, Lang-Rice and Doyon also have certification trough the McKenzie Institute.

All of the therapists are active and have knowledge of sports and other physical activities.

Lang-Rice is an avid hiker who climbs 4,000-footers.

"I enjoy working with hikers who want to get back to hiking," Lang-Rice said.

Doyon does Spartan Races, obstacle course running, and other high level competitions.

Lian specializes in geriatric care and works in assisted living facilities. Lang-Rice said he has also played sports and understands sports medicine.

Physical therapist Jody Krajicik will fill in for the other therapists and they also have the services of physical therapy assistant Maria Dalton.

Gilford Physical Therapy accepts most major insurances as well as Medicaid, Medicare, and insurances on the Healthcare Exchange.

Lang-Rice said many people might put off physical therapy because they cannot afford high co-pays or deductibles. She said in many cases physical therapy when a problem is small can prevent time out of work or the need for surgery in the future.

"In this healthcare market with high deductibles and high co-insurances, we want people to know we can help them prevent little problems from becoming big," Lang-Rice said. "We can see you a few times to get you back on the road to recovery."

Giuffrida and Lang-Rice said they can work out payment plans to make care more manageable.

Gilford Physical Therapy and Spine Center is open for new patients. For more information, call 528-4152 or visit www.gilfordphysicaltherapy.com.

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