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A 20-year-old success story

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By Kirsten Laskey

Annette Weyrauch started a private physical therapy practice in

February 1988 in the Small Business Center behind the post office. In

1994, she opened Physical Therapy Plus Inc; four years ago, she moved her business to its current location at 1350 Central Ave. and she celebrated 20 years in business about four weeks ago.

Tables were heaped with food, balloons decorated the walls and the business was crowded with people helping Weyrauch celebrate her anniversary on Feb. 24.

“It seems great,” she said about her anniversary, “I came from

Germany, built up a business here and it is running successfully.”

The plus of Physical Therapy Plus is in its approach to physical therapy.

“I practice physical therapy totally different,” Weyrauch said.

In her practice, therapists work with one patient at a time. There are no aides or helpers, just licensed physical therapists.

“I try to find the cause of the problem to help the patient,” Weyrauch said. “I treat the cause and go from there. Basically we treat all ages. Our specialty is manual lymph drainage, biofeedback training, pilates and real hands-on work.”

Patients come in with a variety of diagnoses, Weyrauch said; it can be anything from lower back pain and tingling feet and hands to chronic pain, orthopedic and neurological cases.

Weyrauch said the strength of her business comes from its hands-on only approach. “We work with our hands,” she said, “and except for our

pilates reformer tables we do not use exercise machines.”

“Come with any diagnosis,” Weyrauch added, “we will work with you.”

At Physical Therapy Plus Inc., this method has been a success. In fact, Weyrauch said she opened an office in Pojoaque, which specializes in Aqua Therapy, in April 2007 and another office is located in Santa Fe. She employs five therapists.

In addition to their methods, the therapists are very well trained. In fact, in total the employees have 135 years of experience, Weyrauch said.

Besides her business, Weyrauch said she has enjoyed being a part of the Los Alamos community.

“I like the town,” she said, “I do like the outdoors here.”

She added she has met a lot of good people and the business feels almost like a family.

To make an appointment, call Physical Therapy Plus Inc. at 662-3384.