Craig The gathering was bittersweet Thursday evening at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, as friends and family gathered to commemorate the end of an era. After almost twenty years of serving the community, founders Valerie and Jeff Pleasant are leaving.
Jeff Pleasant opened the clinic in 1994 alongside partner Mark Anderson, president of Mountain Land Rehabilitation.
“I’m originally from here,” Jeff Pleasant said. “I knew I just wanted to come back here and start a business. It’s been terrific; it’s nice coming home.”
Not long after, a third partner joined the team and changed far more than just the clinic.
“Jeff and I started the business but Val had FunctionWorks,” Anderson said. “So we brought her in to build the business and along the way Jeff found his partner in life.”
Things were rocky at the beginning, as with most small businesses, but the Pleasants never doubted that their venture would be successful. “At the time we had no competition,” Jeff said with a chuckle. “It was just us and the hospital.”
“It’s been just a wonderful journey,” Valerie Pleasant said, as her eyes began to tear up. “All the people who have just kept coming back. There’s a lot of loyalty. You don’t get that in many workplaces where people share their lives as well as their work.”
The clinic will be taken over by Anderson and Mountain Land Rehabilitation, but Jeff Pleasant plans to stay on a while to help make a smooth transition. Valerie Pleasant will be the director of physical therapy rehabilitation in Grand Junction.
“It’s just a good time in our lives to start something new, and the kids are at a good age for it,” Valerie Pleasant said. “But we’re excited to start a new adventure together.”
“I’ll miss home. We’ll all miss home but I think the future will be good too,” Jeff Pleasant added. “We’re not going too far away. We’ll always be involved in this community.”
Andie Tessler can be reached 970-875-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.