Rehab Services geared up for grand opening

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What: Rehabilitation Services of Craig's Grand Opening

When: 5 to 7 p.m. March 13

Where: 473 Yampa Ave.

Food and drinks will be provided and organizers plan to raffle away several prizes including courtside Nuggets tickets, Rockies tickets for behind home plate and free massages.

— Rehabilitation Services of Craig provides treatments people don't yet know about.

Co-owner Jeff Pleasant, 43, talked to multiple sclerosis sufferers at the recent downtown ArtWalk event who had no idea his clinic treats MS, Pleasant said.

"Numerous people came in and had no idea we treat MS and they have MS," he said.

That hopefully will change Thursday, when Rehabilitation Services opens its doors for a grand opening celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. The program will include food, beverages and raffle prizes such as courtside Nuggets tickets and Rockies tickets for behind home plate.

The idea, Pleasant said, is for people to see how the new 473 Yampa Ave. location affords additional space for Pleasant's clinic to start treating more patients and bring in new features.

The most obvious thing to a person walking through the doors for the first time likely will be the 30-yard Astroturf track running through the main floor.

"Because of the way the weather is right now, and every year this time, we can incorporate this with doing things outside for kids with" mobility problems, Pleasant said.

Rehabilitation Services also can help patients who might not consider physical rehab as a possible or supplemental treatment, Pleasant added.

There's wound care: Pleaseant's clinic bought a "blue light," an ultraviolet light wand that - by the nature of its laser - sterilizes wounds, helping eliminate infection and shortening healing times.

It's uses are far-reaching, Pleasant said, and include diabetic ulcers, cold sores and acne.

Rehabilitation Services also has opportunities to help patients standing up to cancer, Pleasant said.

"It's being proven now that cancer patients put on an exercise program have a better quality of life," he said. "We can't cure the tumor. Our goal is to make their daily lifestyle better."

Although it can be hard for physicians to treat patients they cannot make well, Pleasant said he enjoys helping anyone who comes into his clinic.

"Because we make them feel better," he said. "That's what I like to see."

Rehabilitation Services also offers four private treatment rooms, a private pediatrics room, a mineworker rehabilitation station and other patient amenities, including an onsite orthotics lab to create custom shoe inserts.

"For a lot of people, the orthotics don't fit right or feel right," Pleasant said. "Normally, they have to wait for them to be sent off somewhere and shipped back. We do it while you wait."

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