AOA Startup Grant 2018

New Scotland Physical Therapy

NewScotlandPTLogo2.jpg Who:
Mollie Dambrocia


Funding for a space for a new physical therapy business in New Scotland

My name is Mollie Dambrocia and I am a physical therapist who has been practicing for ten years, seven in the Capital district. While I have worked in different outpatient private practice physical therapy clinics, having my own has always been a dream. I would love to bring my technique, personality, compassion and skill to my own clinic, to provide quality care to an underserved area.
I have been working for several years in the homecare setting as a physical therapist for the Eddy Visiting Nurses, providing care to patient who are homebound and recovering from hospitalization due to surgery or illness.  Recently I was working with an elderly patient in Voorheesville who had suffered from a fall at home while coming down her stairs. When I arrived to work with her, she was so fearful of the stairs and returning to her bedroom that she shared with her husband.  As you can immagine this was devistating to her. She had moved her bed down into her livingroom, but this change was leaving her feeling depressed and trapped. After several weeks working together, she had returned to her second floor and progressed to no longer being homebound. She was ready to transition to an outpatient physical therapy clinic to continue to address balance, strength and endurance. Instead of feeling pleased with this wonderful accomplishment, she was overwhelmed and fearful of this transition, which was further enhanced by the lack of an accessible clinic within the Village of Voorheesville or Town of New Scotland. This was what gave me the motivation to start this journey of pursuing my dream to open a clinic. I feel I can help fulfill a need for this area. Physical Therapy is growing in demand and having more accessible care is missing in this community.

Proposed Project:
My propsed project is to open an Outpatient Physical Therapy clinic in the Town of New Scotland. It will be called New Scotland Physical Therapy. It will serve residents in the Town of New Scotland, as well as Bethlehem and Guilderland. We will provide care to clients/customers that are in need of physical therapy services to address pain, injury, illness, loss of strength or mobility for a number of reasons. We will also provide an opportunity to continue in a fitness/wellness program. Our long term goals include providing educational and fitness programs, such as pre and post natal exercise classess, nutrition classes, as well as establishing an aquatic therapy program in conjuction with the Bethlehem YMCA. All of these services are not accessible at this time to residents without travel into other communities, which has become even more of a burden with the rise in gas prices. I believe my business should recieve this funding as it will have such a positive impact on the community it will serve.
 What's next:
In order to pusue this dream, New Scotland Physical Therapy is seeking funding to help with building rennovations and obtainment of equipment.  New Scotland Physical Therapy is in the process of negtotiating a lease to set up the practice. From that point, the building rennovations and fit up will need to be completed and equipment will need to be ordered.

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