Although Fremont Therapy & Wellness hasn’t been around long, the new physical therapy clinic is looking to make a splash locally.
The clinic, at 1445 North Bell Street, is owned and operated by Jeree Menning PT, OCS, CSCS, and offers a form of physical therapy unique to the Fremont area.
Along with all of the equipment you would expect at a physical therapy clinic, the 3,100 square foot facility also features an aquatic therapy treadmill.
“We are the only private practice that has aquatic therapy in Fremont,” Menning said. “I have practiced in the water for over 15 years and so knew the benefits of water therapy already and this machine is low maintenance as well as private because some pools and some therapy places you have other people in there with you. So this is very one-on-one and private, it has a really good turnaround time. “
The aquatic therapy treadmill is a unique piece of equipment that looks like a cross between a treadmill and a hot tub, and provides clients with an environment that is easy on the joints.
“If it is filled to chest height that takes off 75 percent of your body weight, and if it is filled to waist height it takes off about 50 percent of your body weight,” Menning said. “So it feels so much better on your joints, knees, hips and back.”
According to Menning, along with making the rehabilitation process a little easier by reducing stress on joints the aquatic therapy treadmill can also make the process go faster.
“We do a lot of orthopedics so total joints, total hips, and we work with a lot of seniors which is one of the reasons we put in the water treadmill,” she said. “Aquatic therapy does really well with those patients rehab, it helps accelerate their rehab and makes their rehab a little more comfortable by taking the pressure off of the healing joints.”
Along with aquatic therapy, Fremont Therapy & Wellness also offers specialized treatment in post-surgery rehab, total joint rehab, dry needling, Kinesio Taping, Graston, Power Play and LSVT Big for Parkinson’s.
After opening the doors in August, Menning looked to expand the clinic’s services further and did so by hiring Jon Ringblom, PTA in October.
Ringblom attended Millard North High School before receiving his undergrad at Buena Vista University and attending Methodist College for Physical Therapy Assistant School.
Ringblom’s passion for physical therapy came after an injury he sustained while playing baseball in high school.
“I dislocated my wrist and spent my freshman summer in a full arm cast and then when I got done I went to the Orthopaedic Hospital in Omaha,” he said. “Just working with them and seeing what a fun environment you get to be a part of really piqued my interest.”
For Ringblom building relationships with his patients and seeing their improvement makes his job worth it.
“You see people who are in a lot of pain and the more you see them their mood changes and they get happier as they are moving more and you just get to experience that with them which is really rewarding,” he said.
The same rings true for Menning, who has spent 19 years as a physical therapist including seven as a Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialist.
“I have always wanted to help people get better and over the last 19 years I have really seen some pretty amazing stories, as well as some heartbreaking ones at the same time,” she said. “It’s all about having that one-on-one contact and helping people find the goal that they want to get to and helping them achieve that.”
For more information about Fremont Therapy & Wellness, or to schedule an appointment, visit their website at www.ftwne.com or call 402-512-3893.