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Therapeutic Focus of West Memphis Quickly Fills 2,500 SF

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Therapeutic Focus of West Memphis held a grand opening for its 2,500-SF clinic last month, and it’s already running out of space.

Founded in 2011 by LaTeasha Gaither-Davis, it provides pediatric occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to youths in Crittenden County and nearby areas, including Shelby County in Tennessee.

Therapeutic Focus had rented space, “but after several years, I realized that I needed my own facility,” Gaither-Davis said. “Children started coming to us and had a lot of physical disabilities, and we just weren’t equipped to be able to provide proper services to them because of the facility we were in.”

Gaither-Davis said that she planned the space before the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate the clinic’s patient load of 200 to 250 per week. Therapeutic Focus provides services to children from birth to age 21.

Construction was scheduled to start in early 2020, but when the pandemic hit, Gaither-Davis decided to pause building the clinic to “see what happens,” she said.

When she restarted the project, construction took about two years because of supply chain disruptions. The cost of the building and furnishings was about $750,000. Little & Associates Architects of Jonesboro designed the building and Curtis’ Construction Co. of West Memphis built it.

Therapeutic Focus has been operating out of the clinic for about six months.  But since the pandemic, “our clientele skyrocketed,” said Gaither-Davis, who was an Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree in 2023. “And so when we moved in, I thought, oh, my goodness, this building is too small already.”

The clinic now serves about 350 children weekly. Revenue also jumped 53% between 2022 and 2023.

She said that demand for the services has always been there. Nationally, 17% of children between the ages of 1 and 17 suffer from some sort of developmental disability, she said.

The clinic’s new space includes a sensory room equipped to support children with more severe needs, including a sensory swing and a rock-climbing wall to improve motor skills development.

The staff of 24 includes occupational, physical and speech therapists and serves clients through outpatient services and programs in 25 schools in Arkansas and the Memphis area. It recently added a social worker for work in Tennessee. Most of the clients are Medicaid recipients.

Therapeutic Focus works with children who have autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and general developmental delays. Children with sensory dysfunction and feeding disorders are also treated at the clinic.

Gaither-Davis said the goal is for the children to be as independent as possible. “If they didn’t get services, it would truly be detrimental to them,” she said. “They would not be able to be as independent as they need to be.”

Gaither-Davis would like to add at least five employees this year. “I want to be able to branch out and provide services to other places in Arkansas, as well as more places in Tennessee.”

But, as has been the case for other health care organizations in rural areas, finding workers is hard. “We’ve had to get creative,” Gaither-Davis said. She offers hybrid schedules to let some employees to work from home a few days a week.

Gaither-Davis was raised in West Memphis and had a speech delay at  age 3 that required therapy, but her family had difficulty finding services in West Memphis.  “That was one of the catalysts that really encouraged me and inspired me to help others … I was that child that needed help and couldn’t find help in our community.”

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