SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The Peterson Air Force Base physical therapy clinic stood up a new satellite clinic in Building T-135 portable trailer next to the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base Jan. 22.
“It is a matter of convenience because people aren’t going to go to physical therapy at Peterson. They are going to bunker down. This is where the satellite clinic comes into play. Personnel can easily come and see us now,” said Staff Sgt. Cerrissa Witte, interim physical therapy flight noncommissioned officer- in-charge 21st Medical Squadron.
The 50th Space Wing and the 21st Medical Group have been working this issue together for a couple of years.
“We have worked tirelessly on this project,” Witte said. “Around the time we started, Schriever’s population made up 20 to 25 percent of our patients at Peterson.”
During the planning process, the location of the clinic changed from within the restricted area to the trailer.
“This was a four year project that SSgt. Cerrissa Witte has led with blueprinting and purchasing the supplies and equipment to make it a realistic dream come true,” said Capt. Jeffery Turner, physical therapy officer-in-charge for the new clinic 21st Medical Operations Squadron. “Without Col. Jennifer Grant's help, this would not have happened. She allotted us a room in the trailer to get us the space for the physical therapy clinic. Lastly, the coordination with Col. Scot Spann, commander 21st Medical Group and Lt. Col. James Ulrich, commander 21st Medical Support Squadron to get the funding approval,” he said.
The clinic has one physical therapy doctor and one physical medicine technician who will provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care including but not limited to: physical therapy evaluation, running analysis, sports/acute injury rehabilitation, advanced return to sports/duty rehabilitation and training.
“There isn’t much difference between what we provide here and what we provide at Peterson,” said Senior Airman Jesus Parra, physical medicine technician 21st Medical Operations Squadron. “The biggest change is that we have a small facility to operate out of and are limited on resources. With being right next to the gym and using the equipment provided at the fitness center and indoor running track, we can focus on functional and strength movements for patients once they get to that stage. We can also use the indoor running track for things such as strength and agility.”
Operating hours for the clinic are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-11a.m.
“The schedule can change. If our schedule is loaded for an extended amount of time we will extend our hours, or make it consecutive days,” Witte said.
There are plans in place to relocate the clinic to a more permanent structure.
“We will eventually be in the main clinic once their expansion is complete,” said Turner.
Witte said the clinic adds a layer of convenience for Schriever Airmen. Normally you would need to go through your primary care manager and get a referral to be seen by physical therapy, but not anymore according to Witte.
“We do have direct access for active duty, which means you won’t likely be seen the same day, but we can get you booked that day. If we have an opening, we would be able to fit you into the schedule,” she said. “Direct access negates having to go to family health or flight medicine, but we will create the referral and keep them in the loop and make sure it is all in coordination.”
The clinic’s goal is to decrease the impact on productivity and improve quality of life for those executing Schriever's missions.
“Our main mission is getting access to Schriever personnel that can’t get the time off to be seen at Peterson. We are here for you Schriever,” Parra said.
For more information, contact the Peterson Physical Therapy Clinic front desk at 556-1075.