Sports medicine therapy comes to Troy Community Center

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 11, 2017

TROY — The Troy Community Center will have on-site physical therapy services early next year. 

At a Sept. 25 meeting, the Troy City Council unanimously approved a five-year sublease with two five-year renewal options with the Detroit Medical Center — Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for 487 square feet of space at the community center for a physical therapy clinic and to provide health and wellness programs. 

Elaine Bo, Troy recreation director, said the DMC offered $30,000 for the lease, $5,760 for  passes and $5,000 for donations for programs annually. The passes are for the individuals receiving therapy to use the fitness room during their sessions.

“It will help us provide sports medicine, performing arts therapy, work reconditioning, injury prevention programs and speakers,” Bo said. Speakers will include doctors, nurses and therapists.  

“A lot of this is for all ages, but does concentrate a lot on senior adult programming,” Bo said. 

She noted that city funds will not be used to renovate the space, which now contains vending machines. 

“We’ve been putting therapy in fitness centers as well as municipalities since 1998,” said Patty Jobbitt, of the DMC Rehab Institute of Michigan. Examples include community centers in Romulus and Dearborn. 

She said she had been working with Troy officials to develop a therapy center for over a year. 

City staff initially considered locating the center in the area that now houses the Creative Endeavors store — where more than 100 local artisans ages 50 and older sell their handmade arts and crafts — but the plans stalled after residents’ outcry over moving or closing the store. 

Councilman Ethan Baker thanked Bo and her staff for finding a different location to offer the DMC services. 

“Thank you for finding an alternate space,” he said. “I’m glad Creative Endeavors keeps their space as is. It makes a lot of people happy.” 

“We have a win-win,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Hodorek. “This is a great, great amenity for the community center. Citizens spoke up. We got it right.”