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Elite Physical Therapy finds new home

GETTING SETTLED — Elite Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, owned and operated by Margeaux Mallas and Lance Seamon, has a new home at 875 Main St., Wintersville, officially opening there on Sept. 28 after the building underwent a major renovation. (Photo by Janice Kiaski)

WINTERSVILLE — Elite Physical Therapy and Fitness Center has a new home where it continues its mission to “Heal, Restore, Inspire.”

Owned and operated by Margeaux Mallas and Lance Seamon, the center officially opened its doors at its new location of 875 Main St.,Wintersville, on Sept. 28, bringing to fruition a project initiated by “two hometown kids who are committed to keeping their community healthy and fit.”

The duo has more than 30 years of experience.

Mallas, a 1998 graduate of Indian Creek High School, is a doctor of physical therapy. A 1988 graduate of Jefferson Union High School, Seamon is a physical therapist assistant, masters science, athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

“Elite Physical Therapy offers physical therapy for orthopedic, neuromuscular, vestibular, pediatric, geriatric and sports rehabilitation, as well as hand therapy and more,” explained Mallas.

It also offers a fully-equipped fitness center that includes a wide variety of weight machines and fitness equipment and a large cardio section with flat screen TVs. Elite Physical Therapy is a participant with the SilverSneakers and Silver and Fit wellness programs and offers classes in Zumba, according to Mallas.

The business’ move from 115 Main St. to 875 Main St. has been one in progress for more than three years, Mallas noted in explaining the decision to relocate.

“We did not want to rent anymore but own our own property,” she said. “We had driven by that vacant building for probably 15-plus years on the busiest corner of town. It seemed perfect for our new location but would need completely renovated.”

They took the leap in 2017.

“It has been in the works for more than three and a half years,” she noted of the building’s transformation with all of the layout, design and construction of the property completed by Mark Taylor of Taylor Custom Construction in Wintersville. “It was basically starting from scratch as the only thing we could keep is the outer shell with an addition on the front for our main entrance,” she explained. “Everything was completely gutted and started from scratch. Every bit of the building inside is new. We have brand new therapy rooms and fitness area as well as a large exercise room upstairs. We also have office space available upstairs that we are going to hopefully get rented.”

The fact that a therapy center has a fitness center incorporated into it makes it unique, according to Seamon.

“Most PT places that I’ve ever worked at might have five to eight pieces that they use for just therapy where we have 31 that we can transition people from therapy into the fitness center to kind of continue on with their progression and strengthening and back to functionality,” Seamon explained.

The project finally being completed “seems surreal,” according to Mallas.

“We have been working on it for so long we are ecstatic to finally be in our new space. We want the community to see that we are invested in the community and wanted to plant roots in our hometown to help everyone stay healthy and fit,” she said. “Our patients are more than just a number to us. They are our friends, family, neighbors, teachers, people we grew up with. For this reason, we are holding off on having a grand opening to do our part on keeping everyone as safe as we can. We would love to have a grand opening, but this is just not the right time.”

Elite Physical Therapy and Fitness Center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call the business at (740) 266-6855.

(Kiaski can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)

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