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Athletico Physical Therapy Acquires The Work Center

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Acquisition Advances Athletico’s Industrial Rehabilitation and Workforce Performance Solutions across Missouri and Western Illinois

OAK BROOK, Ill. – [September 22, 2017] – Athletico Physical Therapy announced a definitive agreement to acquire The Work Center, a leading industrial rehabilitation provider with nine clinics in the St. Louis, Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri areas specializing in physical and occupational therapy for work-related injuries.

This acquisition marks Athletico’s first entry into the Columbia and Jefferson City markets and strengthens its existing presence in St. Louis. Following the closing of the transaction, Athletico will serve patients at nearly 400 locations across ten states. The Work Center clinics will remain open and fully staffed to serve current and new patients. Athletico’s CEO and President, Mark Kaufman, will continue to lead the company, which will maintain its headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.

“We’re very excited to combine forces with The Work Center, a reputable provider of workforce performance solutions and Industrial Rehabilitation,” said Kaufman. “In addition to expanding our geographic footprint, this purchase also enables Athletico to provide greater support to our patients through broader industrial service offerings and a menu of injury prevention programs, which help organizations of all kinds to save money and increase productivity.”

“Both of our companies were founded by clinicians and have a strong focus on patient care and satisfaction,” said Michael Fallwell, Founder and President of The Work Center.  “These common values are why this partnership makes sense. We also bring several distinct services and approaches to the industry that will complement each other’s strengths and allow us to expand on what we collectively offer patients.” 

About Athletico

Athletico Physical Therapy provides the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes in nearly 400 locations throughout ten states with more than 4500 employees. Athletico is committed to our patients and referring physicians through our patient-centric focus, positive work environment, attention to quality and high standard of care. Athletico measures patient outcomes and satisfaction and is dedicated to continuous improvement. Athletico was named #1 Workplace in Chicago, “Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation” by ADVANCE magazine, Top Workplace in the Nation, and has been recognized as a leader in employee volunteering and charitable giving. Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, workers’ compensation, women’s health therapy, concussion management and athletic training. For more information, or to schedule a free injury screening, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @Athletico.

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