Local couple opens Physical Therapy business

The Hughes family is pleased to announce the approaching opening of Sweetgrass Physical Therapy & Wellness located at 615 West Main Street in Cut Bank, or better known as the old R-Place Restaurant.

Dana and Jimi Hughes of Conrad, purchased the property in May with the intent to renovate the facility into a new physical therapy office.

Dana Hughes MPT, OCS, LMT spent the last 9-1/2 years as the Department Head of Physical Therapy at Northern Rockies Medical Center.  She is now branching out to her own private practice

Dana says “With my family behind me 100 percent, I am excited to take this next logical step in my career as a Physical Therapist in owning my own practice.”

She went on to add,  “My plan is to continue to provide the residents of Cut Bank and Glacier County the same great quality care as I always have, but in a new and refreshing environment with a more affordable price tag.”

Her husband Jimi and her mother Ann Nankervis are partners in the business.  Jimi will be managing the computer network and manning the front desk.  Her mother Ann, who has over 15 years experience in physical therapy billing, will be managing the billing and claims processing.  Physical Therapist Assistant Heidi Forbes will join Dana in providing therapy services.

Sweetgrass Physical Therapy & Wellness is already a part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Preferred Provider Network, and is anticipating becoming credentialed by BCBS prior to opening day.  Credentialing allows Federal BCBS subscribers to receive services in-network, which is more affordable than the out of network options currently available locally.

The practice is also a network provider for Allegiance Benefit Management, and plans to participate in Medicare, EBMS, worker’s comp and Healthy Montana Kids.

“Most people will enjoy lower out of pocket expenses and co-pays for therapy services at our practice compared to typical hospital-based outpatient therapy” says Hughes

“Most private insurances offer members reduced co-pays if they receive services from a provider who participates in their network, and some carriers may waive the deductible altogether.”

In addition to physical therapy, Sweetgrass Physical Therapy & Wellness will also offer massage therapy, and a program called “Stay Tuned” in which patients can utilize the exercise equipment to keep in shape after their therapy has ended.

The program will be similar to a gym membership but with a limited number of participants to ensure the therapy equipment is always available for it’s true purpose.

Renovations are nearly complete.  The former R-Place building had a fire in December of 2009 and had to be completely gutted and remodeled.

“It was really a perfect place to start, since there are relatively few commercial properties in the area that would suit the needs of a therapy practice.”  The official start date will sometime during the week of Nov. 28.

Sweetgrass Physical Therapy & Wellness can be reached at (406) 873-2024.  Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours available by appointment.