Moving Forward Physical Therapy set to open in Pennington Gap

Hank Hayes • Feb 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

PENNINGTON GAP — Moving Forward Physical Therapy, a new medical facility, is slated to open after receiving financing help from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Lee County.

The business is owned by Margaret Gibson of Dryden, Josh Terry of Pennington Gap and Vanessa Sutphin Mayes of Ewing — all licensed as physical therapists by the commonwealth of Virginia.

“Physical therapy services have not been available in Lee County for several months, and we are proud to assist three home-grown entrepreneurs with this new venture. This project was a cooperative effort between the IDA of Lee County, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the town of Pennington Gap,” IDA Chairman Charles R. Wynn said in a prepared release. “The IDA exists to promote economic development in Lee County. We have been focusing on health care opportunities for the last several months and are pleased to make this announcement.”

The project was funded partially from the IDA’s Small Business Lending Fund and from the Lee County Economic Development Fund, which is jointly managed by the IDA and the Board of Supervisors. The Lee County Economic Development Fund was created by the Lee County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 18, 2011. The fund proceeds are to be used for the express purpose of economic development activities for Lee County. Any appropriations from the fund require the approval of both the IDA Board of Directors and the Lee County Board of Supervisors.

“It is a great day when we can make an economic development announcement of any kind. But the fact this also increases the quality and availability of health care in Lee County is an added bonus,” said Charles Slemp Jr, District 4 supervisor and chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Moving Forward Physical Therapy is scheduled to host an open house on Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. and then officially open for business the next day.

The business is located in the Westgate Minimall in a location formerly occupied by Wellmont Health System.

The mission of the Lee County IDA is to promote and facilitate economic growth and development in Lee County by recruiting manufacturing, industrial and commercial enterprises to locate or remain in Lee County and to promote the economic well being of the citizens of Lee County. Michael James has been IDA director since May 2011.

Moving Forward is located at 282 Westgate Mall Circle. For more information call (276) 546-1234

For more information about the Lee County IDA, call (276) 346-7767 or send an email to: mjames@leecova.org

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