Above: Morinville Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic owners Andrea Eberhardt and Lori Shupak pose in front of their business.
by Stephen Dafoe
It’s balloons and barbecues this Friday as Morinville Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic (8807 100 Street) opens their doors to clients and non-clients to celebrate their first anniversary in Morinville. The barbecue and cake events run Aug. 14 from noon until 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Owners Lori Shupak and Andrea Eberhardt said the past year in Morinville has seen their business grow from three employees to five.
“It’s been a good year,” said Andrea Eberhardt. “We’ve been welcomed very strongly by the community. Lots of talk around town and lots of patients coming to us that way has been great.”
Business partner Lori Shupak said she feels the business has been lucky in that Morinville has embraced the new company. “I think there have been a great number of individuals who have taken it upon themselves to refer friends, family, colleagues,” she said. “There just seems to be a lot of pride in Morinville, and a lot of people want to support local businesses. We feel so lucky to be included in that.”
Shupak and Eberhardt both had it in mind to open a business. The initial idea to do so together was Eberhardt’s. “Andrea and I have always had a unique connection where we didn’t see each other a lot, but we always kept in touch,” Shupak said. “We had a good mutual respect for each other. So when she approached me and said she was doing it [starting a business] and gave me the opportunity to join her, I thought I’d be an idiot if I didn’t.”
The business partners did a lot of research on Morinville before locating in the community. “With full sincerity, it looked like a great opportunity,” Shupak said. “I just think there is tremendous growth here, and the year has just been wonderful.”
Though the support from Morinville residents has been strong, not all of their patients reside here. The business draws clients from as far away as Southwest Edmonton, as well as St. Albert and throughout Sturgeon County, including Redwater.
Both Shupak and Eberhardt share a common philosophy of providing quality patient care in their practice. “Definitely quality care and spending time with our clients, getting to know them and knowing what they need,” Eberhardt said. “Not rushing through treatments and taking time with them would probably be one of our main philosophies.”
Shupak said she believed her and her business partner’s love of being physiotherapists shows. “Every time people come in here, they can tell that we love our jobs, that we love our staff, and our staff love their jobs,” Shupak said. “I think we have a very positive and liked energy in here. When people come to us, they are in pain. If we can take their mind off that in any way, we’ve helped them. We tend to get to know our patients, tell goofy stories, and make fun of ourselves, throw each other under the bus. Whatever it takes, so our patient’s hour here is a good hour.”
The business hopes to keep growing over the next and coming years. They are hoping to bring on more staff and create more job opportunities. “We really want to have deep set roots in Morinville,” Shupak said. “We are committed and dedicated to being here.”
The business’ actual one year anniversary is Aug. 11. They will celebrate it with two barbecue events Aug. 14. One will run from noon until 1 p.m. and the other from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.