SOURCE: Healis

June 21, 2006 11:17 ET

Healis and the Advance Physical Therapy Network Merge to Form the Largest Independent Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Network in Florida

MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2006 -- Healis, center for fitness and rehabilitation, has merged with the Advance Physical Therapy Network (ATPN) to spearhead the creation of a 650 physical (PT), occupational (OT) and speech therapist network throughout Florida. The merger will allow Healis to expand their business and customer service model throughout Florida to help independent PTs, OTs and speech therapists get onto the major insurance carriers networks, something that up until this point, has been very difficult for the independent physical therapists.

"Competing with big companies has become impossible for independent physical therapists, they need someone to represent them as a group to get on the major insurance carriers," said Rafael Canelo, president and COO of ATPN.

This new network will allow independent therapists in over 200 locations to accept major insurance for their businesses and compete with larger companies. Without the formation of such a network these independent therapists are often passed over by insurance carriers, thus severely limiting their service, maintenance and growth capabilities.

Many of the therapists joining the network will also be forming strategic partnerships under the Healis brand, standardizing the high level of care Healis has become known for. Even as part of a 650 therapist network, these small practice groups will be able to function as independent practitioners, protected, but not firmly governed by the larger corporate structure.

"This network is something I've wanted to form since college, when I first took notice of the problems facing independent physical therapists and when Rafael came to me with the idea we jumped on it immediately," said Heather Attong, president and co-founder of Healis. "This network model can be used around the country to help smaller, independent PT, OT and speech therapists to survive in a crowed healthcare market, and we hope to extend it well beyond Florida," added Heather.

About Healis:

The Healis family of centers focuses on improving life at every age, condition or level of abilities.

--  Healis Rehabilitation Centers and Healis Children's Clinic deliver
    comprehensive services for pediatric and adult patients focusing on
    therapeutic intervention of various neurological, orthopedic, learning and
    developmental disorders.
--  Healis Fitness Centers all have state-of-the-art equipment and provide
    specific training and wellness programs including Pilates, Yoga, and Sports
    Specific Training.
--  Healis Learning Centers utilize age appropriate developmental
    strategies to enhance learning and exploring through environmentally
    stimulating techniques with an emphasis on the child's sensitive periods.
--  Healis accepts most major insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid and
    workers' comp insurance. To learn more about Healis or to make an
    appointment or a referral please contact Healis at 305.251.7477 or visit

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