By Liz Schrader
Editor’s note: An unedited version of this story appeared in the April 23 edition. We regret the error. A corrected version follows.
Carmel-based physical therapist Ara Knepp recently brought the Chicago-area physical therapy giant Athletico to the Hoosier State, opening the Carmel branch at 912 S. Range Line Road.
Knepp, who worked for six years as a physical therapist and assistant facility manager at one of Athletico’s 72 Chicagoland locations, has experience in all facets of the field and specializes in sports medicine. As the only therapist in the 3,500-square-foot Carmel branch, she wears many hats.
“As we get more patients, I’ll look to hire on more employees,” she said. “Right now, I do it all. I’m the facility manager, I do marketing, HR and of course, I treat patients.”
Knepp and her husband moved to Indiana two years ago to be closer to family. She worked at a few different physical therapy clinics in the area, but said she missed Athletico’s business model and mission. While she works under the Athletico name, she said it’s a challenge being the only branch in the area.
“Compared to the clinics in Chicago, where everyone knows your name, it’s a lot easier to run a successful clinic with so many other clinics with the same name in your backyard. Down here, I’m the only one, so it’s a lot different to market the business and educate the public about your services,” she said.
As a former physical therapist for the professional soccer team, the Chicago Fire, Knepp said she considers herself an expert in treating runners and offers services catered toward the running population, such as video analysis. Other services include occupational hand therapy, work rehabilitation, women’s health therapy, massage therapy and more.
Knepp said what differentiates her clinic from others in the area is that it is in network with all major insurance companies and is open on Saturday.