Physical therapist joins center
Less than one year after the former home of Tonganoxie's Palace Bowl reopened as Midwest Health Center, the business is expanding.
Rob Shuck, chiropractor at the center, said a Lawrence physical therapist, Lydia Neu, is now seeing clients at the center.
"We're really glad she's here," Shuck said. "We've pooled our efforts into creating a health center for Tonganoxie, not just a chiropractic center, not just an athletic club and not just a physical therapy center we want to offer everything to the community."
Neu, a registered physical therapist for 24 years, called the opportunity to practice in Tonganoxie a "fluke."
She has operated Neu Physical Therapy Center in Lawrence for 13 years and had been looking for a site to build a satellite clinic. She looked in the Tonganoxie area.
"I almost gave up," Neu said. "Land prices were really high and I had wanted to build. I decided that maybe I couldn't do it."
But then she received a call from Rob Shuck, wanting to know if she'd be interested in setting up her clinic at Midwest.
"I said how did you know I was interested, and he said he hadn't known," Neu said. "They were looking for a renter, and I was looking for a place to go and it was the perfect time."
Neu, who grew up in a small town 50 miles northwest of Hays, and whose parents still live there, said she understands the need for related healthcare services at a local level, especially for the elderly. She said she's glad to be able to provide physical therapy in Tonganoxie. She also plans to continue working in her Lawrence clinic.