SOLON- As the Solon community continues to grow, athletic programs continue to find success, bicycle and hiking trails are constructed, and the care center seeks to expand, businesses seek to take up residence in Spartan country to meet the expanding needs. Ability Physical Therapy is one of the businesses arriving to accommodate those developing demands.
"We saw Solon as a community in need of what physical therapy can offer, somewhere people can come to without having to leave town," said Andy Bishop, DPT, husband of former Solon High School Girls Basketball Coach Lisa Bishop and physical therapist at Ability Physical Therapy. "I personally am excited to work and serve right in the community where I live!"
As far as how Bishop and Ability Physical Therapy ended up in Solon, Andy was quick to point out both their histories.
"The company started as Marion Physical Therapy in 1996 and, since then, has changed names to Ability Physical Therapy and expanded to three additional clinic sites in Mount Vernon, Center Point and now, Solon," Bishop stated, adding, "Ability Physical Therapy is a private practice outpatient service to communities in the corridor area."
Bishop has been a resident of Solon for the last three years with his wife Lisa and their three children. He was born and raised in Eastern Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 from the University of Iowa. After graduation, he and his family lived in Northern Iraq from 2010-2014 doing Christian mission work.
Bishop came to the field through a lifelong interest in the workings of the human body and a desire to help people.
"Many times when people enter the doors of a physical therapy clinic, they want to improve their quality of life, they might even be at a low point in their life," he said. "I believe God blessed me with a skill set and I hope to be a blessing to others in need, and motivate them to continue on strong in their journey."
Ability provides physical therapy outpatient care for general orthopedic pain and injury, sports injury, work injury, post-surgical rehabilitation, vestibular therapy, Bishop said.
"Our goal is to be able to provide excellent care for people the same day they call-in or walk-in," he added.
The new Solon clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and by appointment on Saturdays.
"We had a soft opening March 1 and will be in Solon half-days and longer, depending on when people need to be seen, building up to full hours later this spring," Bishop said.
Ability also offers free 30-minute injury consultations for athletes and non-athletes who are needing direction on what may be needed on their path to a speedy and full recovery.
The Solon Ability Physical Therapy office is located in Spartan Square (411 Haganman Ln.), across Highway 1 from Dairy Queen.?The phone number for the office is 319-624-1250.
An open house will be hosted at the office on Thursday, March 22, from 4-6 p.m.
"Come and view our new clinic, meet our staff in Solon, and grab some refreshments!" Bishop beckoned.
"We pride ourselves on friendly and professional customer service for our patients and their families from the time they enter the doors, throughout their treatment experience, and giving guidance on next steps after their therapy goals are met," he said.