See a need,
MEET a Need.
When Andy Vogel and Dave Kuhn graduated from Indiana Central (now University of Indianapolis) as both athletic trainers and physical therapists, they saw a need for sports medicine in Northern Indiana.
At the time, 1986, there was only one athletic trainer and one sports medicine physician in Allen County. Given that both Andy and Dave played high school and college athletics (Homestead and Roncalli, respectively) and college sports (Andy played baseball and basketball, Dave was a tight end for the football team), their natural skills and abilities led them in the direction of becoming a physical therapy provider with a focus on sports medicine.
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August 8, 1988, Indiana Physical Therapy was founded at the original location in Bluffton, IN with Andy and Dave working as PTs and ATCs for a total of nine local high schools in their communities. This set the corporate standard for the IPT community involvement. We now take part in in every town and city we are located.
Indiana Physical Therapy Founded in Bluffton, IN
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THE IPT STORY
Troy Smith, partner, was a senior at Woodlan High School in 1987 when Dave came into his advanced biology class to speak about the physical therapy and athletic training professions. This led to Troy shadowing Dave, which was a turning point for Troy, now confident this was the profession he wanted to pursue. Troy then chose to attend UIndy, played football (as a wide receiver), and graduated in 1993.
At this time, Andy and Dave had opened several clinics and were committed to providing not only premier sports medicine, but also saw the need for excellent orthopedic outpatient rehab. Andy recalls, “At the time weren’t focused on being businessmen, we were therapists, we truly wanted to provide as much excellent patient care as we could.”
In 1996 Troy joined Indiana Physical Therapy and the Parnell clinic opened, bringing the total clinic count to four.
Fast forward a few years, Dave, Andy and Troy see the communities surrounding Fort Wayne have a need for high quality outpatient rehab and begin to open clinics, expanding their expertise and passion to throughout Allen County and beyond. The purpose was not just to have more clinics but to give everyone outside of Fort Wayne the option for excellent care. Troy confirmed, “Our growth was and still is based on the quality of product.”
Now, in 2023, we have been in business for nearly 35 years and still our focus is on a quality product. We are still an independent therapist-owned company, where we see the need to maintain our independence, not become a corporate conglomerate. We continue to be locally owned and operated and we love to be very involved every community we are part of.
We are patient focused and ensure that every patient who comes to us is cared for by an expert in our field. We provide rehabilitative services with results every day at all our twenty-one clinics in Indiana.
Indiana Physical Therapy also has a very robust continuing education allowance. We bring in at least two nationally known speakers/continuing education courses annually, however that number has averaged over four in the last three years. This is in addition to our quarterly continuing education meetings, where we partner with local doctors to continue to develop personal and professional relationships.
Indiana Physical Therapy started as a company to meet a need in Bluffton, Indiana. We continue to do that 35 years later, every single day, in every single clinic.