PLAINVILLE - Town and chamber leaders joined Kevin Connellan, owner of Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers, and his family in a celebratory ribbon cutting at his new location on East Main Street Tuesday.
Connellan, who is the son of Southington Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan, began renovating the 2,400 square foot location at 103 E. Main St., which was formerly Pinnacle Physical Therapy, in mid June. He is now the owner of one of 17 Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers locations in the state.
Connellan said he came to Plainville to fill a need in the community.
“I used to live here after I graduated,” said Connellan. “I saw that Plainville is a hard-working, mostly blue-collar community and an overall great place to live. I’m happy to be back in the community and helping out.”
Connellan said services at the center include orthopedic and sports medicine injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, workers’ compensation injuries, osteoarthritis, sprains and strains, neck and back pain, tendonitis, fractures, rehabilitation for throwing athletes, vestibular rehabilitation, gait and balance training, running and sports related injuries, golf rehabilitation, the Kinesio Tape method and dry needling.
“With physical therapy, I like to teach people techniques that they can continue to use at home, but we also have exercise equipment and weights,” said Connellan. “I want to create a culture that is caring, educational and includes one of the best clinical skill sets around. I treat a lot of sprains and strains and elbow problems as well as provide strength, balance, and proprioception (special awareness) training. A treatment that we offer here that you can’t find in a lot of other places is trigger point dry needling, which uses needles similar to those used in acupuncture to break up muscle spasms faster.”
Barb Siani, of Plainville, who attended the grand opening Tuesday, praised Connellan for his work with her 10-year-old son Eric, who suffered a soccer-related injury to his left ankle.
“The quality care he gives and the personality he brings is great,” said Siani. “He can really relate to younger patients. My son and I met him at his booth at the Petit road race and have been going to him ever since.”
“I used to come here for physical therapy and the inside has been opened up a lot,” said Assistant Town Manager Shirle Osle. “This is a nice location and it is good to see the building come back to life again.”
“Kevin has worked hard to get here,” said Tim Connellan. “It’s a great opportunity for him and I’m glad to have him local.”
A graduate of the University of Vermont, Connellan’s hobbies include hiking, skiing, fishing, baseball and hockey. He is also a member of a non-profit organization of medical volunteers, “Dreaming and Working Together”, which travels to Lima, Peru once a year to provide prosthesis and rehabilitation for an underserved population.
“I have traveled there for the past eight years,” he said. “There are parts of Lima that are like downtown Manhattan and then you drive 25 miles out and it turns into the slums. It’s a perspective-altering experience. No matter what side of the political debate you are on, we do a pretty good job here and they don’t.”
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers of Plainville is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 860-517-8885.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.