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Alumnae Open Doors to New Physical Therapy Business in West Philly

By Brian Kirschner

three people smilingTwo University of the Sciences alumnae recently opened the doors to a new fitness and physical therapy private practice in West Philadelphia. Physical therapists Delaila Aryee DPT'11 and Lyndsay Brown DPT’11 said their business, Vital Step Physical Therapy and Fitness, was conceptualized in the summer of 2014 with the goal of creating a patient-centered physical therapy practice with a complementary focus on health and fitness.

“Our mission is to provide our clients with the vital steps necessary to reach a level of maximal recovery and independence in a supportive, compassionate environment, and cost effective manner,” said Dr. Aryee. “We also strive to educate the community and raise awareness for healthy lifestyles and disease prevention and management.”

Drs. Aryee and Brown said they are very passionate about making an impact in the West Philadelphia community because they have spent many years there as clinicians, residents, and students at USciences.

Vital Step provides a variety of physical therapy services for various neurological conditions, including stroke, brain/spinal injury, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, as well as services for orthopedic conditions, such as joint replacement therapy, arthritis and joint pain, lower back and neck pain, sports injuries, and more.

The facility also offers balance and fall prevention programs, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management, postpartum therapy, and diabetes and high blood pressure management. Aside from healthcare services, Vital Step also offers general and specialized fitness programs, including yoga, low impact aerobics and Zumba/dance, and nutrition education.

Thanks to the women’s passion and a little help from KIVA Zip, which provided a micro-loan for them to renovate the space and to purchase necessary equipment and supplies, Vital Step opened for business in November.

“We are proud that Vital Step is a health provider for an underserved community where we are in high demand, where we are able to make an impact on a community, where we have spent many years and where we can help alleviate health disparities,” said Dr. Brown.

Vital Step Physical Therapy and Fitness is located at 5008 Baltimore Ave., on the second floor of the Mercy Wellness Center (it is not affiliated with Mercy).

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