The Therapy Playce opens second location at North Pointe plaza in Elkhart

The therapist at the practice says that many Elkhart children aren't being served by a professional therapy center, and she hopes to provide care for more children who need it.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

ELKHART  -- A Nappanee-based pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy practice has opened a second site in the North Pointe shopping plaza on Elkhart's far north end.

The Therapy Playce recently began seeing clients in a space west of Kmart, at 3127 Northview Drive, said occupational therapist and owner Katie Peat, who has run a practice in Nappanee for 10 years.

Peat said she decided to open the new location because she had so many clients traveling to Nappanee from Elkhart, and its proximity to the Indiana Toll Road will be convenient for the families she serves.

The Therapy Playce offers three types of therapy for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord and brain injuries, developmental delays, Down syndrome, autism-related disorders, visual impairments, and anxiety/behavioral issues.

In addition to being more convenient for some of her existing clients, Peat thinks she will gain new ones with the Elkhart location because many Elkhart children now aren't being served by a professional therapy center.

"They're getting some (therapy) through the school but it's education-based so it's different and limited," Peat said.

Peat's friend, Mindy McIntire, said the new location gives a bit of a boost to the long-beleaguered North Pointe plaza, which has struggled to find occupants since its anchor, Martin's Super Markets, moved in January 2010 to its new building nearby on C.R. 4. Planet Fitness also recently occupied space formerly housing a CVS store.

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