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Local therapist expands services

Sunnyside physical therapist Micah Heeringa recently acquired Toppenish Physical Therapy and Zillah Physical and Occupational Therapy, as part of a merger handled by an outside health care company. The addition of the two Lower Valley therapy clinics will greatly expand the types of services his Sunnyside clinic will be able to provide his patients, he said. "With the addition of the new clinics, I'll be able to offer such services as occupational therapy, which we haven't been able to offer in the past," Heeringa said. He said the purchases were made in a partnership with Rocky Mountain Therapy, a western regional health care company which purchases small town therapy clinics. The company offers many advantages to small business owners like himself, such as helping with management details, providing up-to-date alerts on compliance changes, things which small clinic operators often have a hard time keeping up with, Heeringa explained. Each clinic in the new group will continue to operate under their own identify, but the merger will offer other benefits as well. As a group, the clinics will be able to strengthen their particular specialty or offer better health care packages for their employees, Heeringa explained. "It's a real saving for us and allows us more time to spend with our patients," he added. The merger was made official July 1, he said.

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