Maple Valley residents have a few options when it comes to healing from sports injuries or general life aches and pains. Doctor Amy Konvalin and Tracey Steger hope patients consider a mix of physical therapy and acupuncture to help ease their woes.
Konvalin started her Maple Valley business, Physical Therapy forEveryBODY, three years ago. To celebrate, she is partnering with Maple Valley Acupuncture to offer patients a full spectrum of treatments. Konvalin earned her Ph.D. in orthopedic manual physical therapy and has worked all around the Puget Sound.
“What makes it different is we focus on people over the age of 40 with low back and neck pain,” Konvalin said. “Our goal is to get people in the Maple Valley area to do all the things they want to do without pain stopping them or hindering them.”
Konvalin offers one-on-one, 60-minute treatments to her patients with her. Steger opened her acupuncture company five years ago and met Konvalin then. Steger focuses on the whole body and how everything is connected.
“What we found, and what we are hoping, is by being in the same building we can communicate with each other, and two for our patients to feel that there is a continuous plan of care,” Konvalin said. “What I like working with Tracey on is when I feel like there is a flow issue. When things get stuck she can release that where I work specifically with the joints and muscle’s specific tissues. She deals with how the entire body is flowing together.”
Konvalin has experience with body aches. She was injured in high school as a young athlete and needed physical therapy. Once she was healed she decided she wanted to help others recover from their injuries and continue their hobbies as well.
Konvalin married into the military and traveled with her family for five years before moving to Maple Valley. She worked in Bonney Lake and then in Bellevue, but was unable to offer her services to her neighbors.
“They’d have to travel an hour each way to see me,” Konvalin said. “So one day I was driving home, I said this has got to stop. I wanted to be a part of the community. I wanted to live, play and work in this community and serve my neighbors and friends.”
Konvalin had never opened a business before and has learned a lot in the three years since she opened in Maple Valley. So much so, she decided to write a book on the subject.
“I knew nothing about how to run or start a business. But it’s been coming along well,” Konvalin said. “It’s been slow progress. I wrote a book about how to open a PT clinic, and it was published this weekend on Amazon. It is the book I wish I had when I started.”
The book is titled “The PT Business Map” and can be found on Amazon for both Kindle and paperback.
In July, Maple Valley Acupuncture moved from its original location to the same building as Physical Therapy for EveryBODY, and the two businesses are hosting an open house to celebrate.
“We are so excited to be moving into our new location,” Steger stated in a press release. “With more space we can serve more members of our community.”
The open house is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Physical Therapy for EveryBODY, 23745 225th Ave. SE Suite No. 215.
A special guest from Madrona Natural Medicine will also attend the open house to offer free blood pressure checks, herbal tea samples and free information on holistic medicine.
“What I get so excited about every day is people coming in and saying ‘I got back to playing golf, I got back to the garden, I got back to sitting on the floor with my kids,’” Konvalin said. “It’s the best part of this job.”