"We strive for quality care at Excel Physical Therapy, a modern facility, full of light and smiling faces, where
licensed PTs give full hour sessions. And now with a full line of comprehensive services offered through Med- icine Wheel, there is something for everyone no matter what phase of rehab they are in." –Maria Lofgren, PT, Co-owner, Excel Physical Therapy
Maria has been treating patients for almost 20 years. She earned a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her M.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Sweden’s University of Gothenburg. Prior to join- ing Francine, who had founded Excel PT as a side job to treat the un-insured, Maria was director of rehab at St. John’s Medical Center. The two met at SJMC and soon after became partners at Excel. Nearly 10 years later, and now with a team of seven licensed physical therapists, Excel PT is a thriving practice dedicated to quality patient care.
Francine earned a B.S in Sports Medicine in 1995, is a NATA certified athletic trainer, and registered yoga teacher. She earned her M.S. in Physical Therapy in 2001 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy specializing in Healthcare Administration and Practice Management in 2014. She serves as the Medical Education Director for Opedix Kinet- ic Health Gear, a recovery and performance apparel brand sold online and at Medicine Wheel’s Wellness Boutique.
“We want our profession and certainly our clinic to have a top-notch reputation,” she says. “If we don’t give patients the quality care they deserve or have a plan in place for them when their insurance runs out, they’ll turn to others for assistance, or, even worse, stay injured.”
At Excel PT, patients are scheduled in full one-hour blocks and are always with a licensed therapist. You won’t find rehab aides or techs at Excel, however you may see patients working with experienced massage thera- pists, or yoga and pilates instructors, utilized for their specialized skills that benefit the overall recovery process.
“It’s been great to see orthopedic surgeons writing prescriptions for yoga, pilates, and even Ope- dix. It’s
even better to see insurance companies covering these things.” Francine says. “Integrat- ed healthcare and preventative medicine is our future. There are too many people in need and too many people left without proper care; in the long run this increases costs for the entire system.”
Excel PT also has a satellite clinic at Wright Training and works in conjunction with strength coach and profressional skier Crystal Wright and pilates instructor and professional skier Jess McMillan.
“There are very reputable trainers, practitioners, and rehab therapies like The Alexander Tech- nique, NeuroMovement, and Rolfing/Structural Integration available alongside the physical thera- py Excel offers.” says Francine. “We see being a part of Medicine Wheel Wellness as an opportuni- ty to offer our patients the best care possible. If someone doesn’t have health insurance but has a need for knowledgable body work or specialized care to tackle bigger issues like depression we now have the help in-house.”